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Old oyster shells reveal dry, salty details of Jamestown settlers' hardships

What can a handful of old oyster shells reveal about the trials some of the New World's early European settlers? A lot, it turns out.

As a prevalent resource in the Chesapeake Bay, eastern oysters ( Crassostrea virginica ) ended up being a crucial food source for the first full-time European settlers in North America, who arrived in 1607, the second year of a seven-year drought that was the worst the region had seen in some 800 years...

May 31, 2010 — Katherine Harmon
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Thousands of new drug leads identified in the fight against malaria

Malaria kills hundreds of thousands of people every year, and the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum is behind a majority of those deaths. Although newer drug combinations (of artemisinins) proved effective after resistance to widely used treatments appeared, hints of resistance to this newer therapy are also beginning to emerge, creating a darkening cloud over a field already beset with challenges...

May 19, 2010 — Katherine Harmon
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