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Millions of children's lives saved through low-cost investments
More than 34 million children's lives have been saved since 2000 because of investments in child health programs at a cost of as little as $4,205 per child, according to a new analysis in The Lancet. From 2000 to 2014, low- and middle-income country governments spent $133 billion on child health. Donors spent $73.6 billion. The governments saved about 20 million children, and the donors saved an additional 14 million children.

Rumors of southern pine deaths have been exaggerated, UGA researchers say
Researchers at the University of Georgia have a message for Southern tree farmers worried about unexplainable pine tree deaths: don't panic.A new study published in Forest Ecology and Management analyzed growth in thousands of pine tree plots across the Southeast and indicates that 'southern pine decline' isn't happening on a large scale.

Astronomers predict fireworks from rare stellar encounter in 2018
Astronomers are gearing up for high-energy fireworks coming in early 2018, when a stellar remnant the size of a city meets one of the brightest stars in our galaxy.

Infection with Wolbachia bacteria curbs fighting among fruit flies
Male fruit flies infected with the bacterium, Wolbachia, are less aggressive than those not infected, according to research published in the July Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a journal of the American Society for Microbiology. This is the first time bacteria have been shown to influence aggression, said corresponding author Jeremy C. Brownlie, Ph.D., Deputy Head, School of Natural Sciences, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

Seahorse tails could inspire new generation of robots
Inspiration for the next big technological breakthrough in robotics, defense systems and biomedicine could come from a seahorse's tail, according to a new study reported Thursday in the journal Science.The research centers on the curious shape of seahorse tails and was led by Clemson University's Michael M. Porter, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

'Déjà vu all over again:' Research shows 'mulch fungus' causes turfgrass disease
Inadvertently continuing a line of study they conducted about 15 years ago, a team of Penn State researchers recently discovered the causal agent for an emerging turfgrass disease affecting golf courses around the world.

Do you really think you're a foodie?
Think you're a foodie? Adventurous eaters, known as 'foodies,' are often associated with indulgence and excess. However, a new Cornell Food and Brand Lab study shows just the opposite -- adventurous eaters weigh less and may be healthier than their less-adventurous counterparts.

Canadian wildfires continue
Canada is reeling from an early fire season this year as dozens of fires ravage at least three provinces of the country.

Long-term memories are maintained by prion-like proteins
Research from Eric Kandel's lab has uncovered further evidence of a system in the brain that persistently maintains memories for long periods of time.

McMaster researchers test fecal transplantation to treat ulcerative colitis
A study recently published in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases found that UC can be controlled by the type of bacteria that inhabits the gut. Additionally, in research published in Gastroenterology, researchers explored the safety and efficacy of FMT by conducting a placebo-controlled, randomized trial. They found that FMT induces remission in a significantly greater percentage of patients with active UC than placebo.

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