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Gov. Abubakar Bello flags off distribution of free Malaria chemoprevention drugs.

Niger State Government has flagged off the distribution of free seasonal malaria chemo prevention drugs. Parents and caregivers of children who are below the age of five, converged on the Basic Health Care Center, Tunga, to benefit from the rare gesture. The Commissioner for Health and Hospital Services, Dr. Muhammad Makusidi, who represented the governor, …

Australia Successfully Replicates New Coronavirus

Scientists in Australia have successfully replicated the coronavirus that appeared in China in December in what they describe as a crucial step forward in the fight against the ongoing viral pneumonia epidemic. The Doherty Institute in Melbourne announced on Wednesday that it had been able to create a new coronavirus from a sample obtained from …

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The Viral Threat: Measles and Misinformation

We examine how misinformation about vaccines has led to the return of measles as the US battles to contain outbreaks. The United States is in the midst of containing the largest number of measles cases in 25 years. Measles, a vaccine-preventable disease, was eliminated from the US in 2000, but the spread of online misinformation about vaccines …

Nigerian Doctor Wins “Brain Tumor Research” Award In U.S.

Dr Chibawanye Ene, a US-based Nigerian Doctor, has won the 2019 Ronald L. Bittner Award on Brain Tumor Research. A statement from the Clinical Department, Applied Radiation Oncology U.S., said Ene received the award at the 2019 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting held from April 13 to April 17 in San …

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New York county declares measles outbreak emergency.

A county in New York state has declared a state of emergency following a severe outbreak of measles. Rockland County, on the Hudson river north of New York City, has barred unvaccinated children from public spaces after 153 cases were confirmed. Violating the order will be punishable by a fine of $500 (£378) and up …

FEMALE DRAGONFLIES FAKE DEATH TO AVOID MALES HARASSING THEM FOR SEX

In order to avoid males of the species bothering them for sex, female dragonflies fake their own deaths, falling from the sky and lying motionless on the ground until the suitor goes. A study by Rassim Khelifa, a zoologist from the University of Zurich is the first time scientists have seen odonates feign death as a …

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Scientists confirm: Being forgetful is a sign of very high intelligence

Everyone occasionally forgets something. It can be something like leaving your umbrella at home or an address that disappears from your brain. It’s often difficult to keep track of all the passwords we need to remember today. We’ve all probably tried various memory exercises and tricks over the years to improve our memory, but it …

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10 Easy Ways You Can Tell For Yourself That The Earth is Not Flat

This story was originally published on Smarter Than That in 2008. We are republishing a lightly edited version on Popular Science in light of recent interest in the subject. Humanity has known Earth is round for a few millenia, and I’ve been meaning to show more methods that prove the world is not flat. I’ve …