Abstracts: Tuberculosis, Zika, Soccer, and More


A roundup of science news from around the Web — and around the world.

• A researcher at Stanford wants to give scientists an honorable way retract their own work. (Nature)

• The number of tuberculosis cases in the U.S. has stopped declining for the first time in over two decades. (The Associated Press)

Nurse with patient in City Hospital Tuberculosis Division, 1927

Nurse with patient in City Hospital Tuberculosis Division, 1927

• Zika was likely brought to Brazil during the Confederations Cup soccer tournament and was misdiagnosed and spread for about a year before being identified. (L.A. Times)

• A critical look at how doctors participate in and promote unsubstantiated dieting plans. (Vox)

• A New York Times investigation shows the N.F.L.’s accounting of concussions between 1996 and 2001 was “deeply flawed.” (New York Times)

• In the battle against antibiotic resistance, researchers are on the hunt for new drugs in an unusual place: the bacteria in the bodies of leaf cutter ants. (Forbes)

• The severest drought in eastern and southern Africa in decades needs far more relief aid than it is getting. (Christian Science Monitor)

• China’s national logging ban is helping the country’s forests regrow, but driving deforestation elsewhere. (Inside Climate News)

• Got your court hearing first thing in the morning? Psychologically speaking, that might be good news. (Scientific American Mind)