The Good News
A virus-mimicking vaccine produced by cultured insect cells protected mice from a typically lethal dose of the Ebola virus, according to a report in Virology.
Paleontologists have found a large trove of Ice Age fossils at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, including saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, sloths, and a mammoth that is 80 percent complete.
A small asteroid detected in late February hurtling in our general direction missed hitting Earth by a margin of about 40,000 miles (one-fifth the distance to the moon) on March 2.
The Bad News
More than 80 percent of major armed conflicts fought between 1950 and 2000 occurred in biodiversity hot spots, according to a study in Conservation Biology.
Fruits and vegetables grown in the United States are becoming less nutritious, according to recent research. Our agricultural practices may be trading quality for quantity, as several studies found a negative relationship between crop yield and nutrient levels.
The amount of radiation Americans received from medical procedures increased more than sevenfold between the early 1980s and 2006, according to the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.