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Scientists Analyze Skeletal Remains From Vampire Graveyard

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Shrinking Sea Ice Could Put Polar Bears In Grave Peril By 2100

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Controversy Over Scientist's Shirt Mars Celebration Of Comet Landing

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This is a re-creation of a color plate from Interaction of Color, by Josef Albers. The two X's are are exactly the same — it's the different backgrounds that make them look like very different colors. Source: Josef Albers Interaction of Color hide caption

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Source: Josef Albers Interaction of Color

These X's Are The Same Shade, So What Does That Say About Color?

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Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome virus particles cling to the surface of an infected cell. NIAID/Flickr hide caption

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How A Tilt Toward Safety Stopped A Scientist's Virus Research

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Stringy particles of Ebola virus (blue) bud from a chronically infected cell (yellow-green) in this colorized, scanning electron micrograph. NIAID/Science Source hide caption

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Virus Sleuths Chip Away At Ebola Mysteries

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A rogues gallery of the viruses (left to right) that cause MERS, SARS, and influenza. Niaid; 3D4Medical; Niaid/Science Source hide caption

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Niaid; 3D4Medical; Niaid/Science Source

Scientists Fight For Superbug Research As U.S. Pauses Funding

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The cruise ship Carnival Magic floats behind a catamaran off Cozumel, Mexico on Oct. 17. The ship skipped a planned stop there Friday, the cruise line says, after Mexican authorities delayed granting permission to dock. Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Avian influenza, or bird flu, causes an infectious and contagious respiratory disease. In the lab, several scientists have made the H5N1 strain more contagious, a controversial line of research. James Cavallini/ScienceSource hide caption

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The Ebola virus as seen under an electron microscope. BSIP/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Why Won't The Fear Of Airborne Ebola Go Away?

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Ebola Virus Takes Center Stage In Washington

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A stencil of an early human's hand in an Indonesian cave is estimated to be about 39,000 years old. Kinza Riza/Courtesy of Nature.com hide caption

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Indonesian Cave Paintings As Old As Europe's Ancient Art

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Traffic moves past Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, where a patient showed up with symptoms that were later confirmed to be Ebola. Mike Stone/Getty Images hide caption

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On The Alert For Ebola, Texas Hospital Still Missed First Case

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Health Officials Consider Blood Serum As Possible Ebola Treatment

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Biohazard suits used to handle dangerous microbes hang in a laboratory at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Md. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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