Hookworms once sapped the American South of its health and productivity, yet few realize that those bloodsuckers continue to afflict millions around the world today. NOVA Next contributor Rachel Nuwerreports the story.
In other news:
- Ancient philosophers are helping scientists decode the brightest supernova in recorded history.
- This stretchable, bendable sheet camera could prevent future car accidents.
- Black bears can help fruit trees escape climate change .
- The world’s largest primate could be extinct within a decade .
- Can technology help us teach social-emotional skills ?
What We’re Reading
- A single $249 test analyzes 30 cancer genes . But should you take it? [Wired]
- On Saturday, 33 former circus lions will experience their first taste of freedom. [National Geographic]
- Only one activity is known to trigger the birth of new neurons: vigorous aerobic exercise . [Science of Us]
- A weasel shut down the Large Hadron Collider for a few days. An actual weasel . [New Scientist]