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NPR
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Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

If you're in desperate need for some good news, look no further. Scientists in the U.S. and India have found an inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds of thousands of newborns each year. And it turns out, the secret weapon was sitting in Asian kitchens all along: probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables. Feeding babies the microbes dramatically reduces the risk newborns will develop sepsis, scientists report Wednesday in the journal Nature. Sepsis is a top killer of newborns worldwide. Each year more than 600,000 babies die of the bl
NPR
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Hippos, Anthrax And Hunger Make A Deadly Mix

A few years ago in Zambia, hippos were dropping dead by the dozens. Soon after the hippos fell ill, people started getting sick, too. Between August and September of 2011, at least 85 hippos died in a game management area along the South Luangwa River near the border with Malawi. It turns out the hippos were the victims of anthrax, the same bacteria used in a series of letter attacks that killed five people in the weeks after Sept. 11. The anthrax outbreaks in hippos and humans in Zambia however, weren't part of some sinister terrorist plot. Instead, they were driven by hunger. "Anthrax infect
Mic
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‘NBA 2K18’ Classic Teams: The Series’ Respect For Hoops History Is Refreshing

Don’t forget where you came from. That’s sound advice for anyone, and it’s seemingly a mantra for the NBA 2K series. 2K Sports routinely deliver concepts and features that pay homage to historic teams and players, who ruled the sport of basketball before video games were capable of creating near-photo-realistic versions of people. In NBA 2K18, fans will be treated to 16 new classic teams. These new squads will bring the total number of classic teams to a whopping 63 overall. No other sports game has near that many playable historic teams on a gaming console. The first two new classic teams wer