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Science News for the Week of November 26th
New vaccine may give lifelong protection from flu (New Scientist: November 25th)
Researchers are getting closer to the development of a permanent flu vaccination by focusing on the mRNA for the proteins found on the surface of the virus.
Thawing of Permafrost Expected to Cause Significant Additional Global Warming, Not Yet Accounted for in Climate Predictions (Science Daily: Nov 27th)
Recent evidence suggests that the arctic permafrost is melting at a faster rate than initially predicted, and that this may release up to 136 gigatons of carbon into the atmosphere by 2100.
The Future’s Platinum: Flower Power (Discovery News; Nov 28th)
Article which shows how bioremediation and bioengineering can combine forces to produce plants that extract platinum, and other metallic pollutants, from contaminated soils.