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Abstracts: SIDS, Zika, Bacteria, and More


• Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), is the leading cause of death of babies in the U.S. — but many of those deaths may be wrongly classified. (The Atlantic)

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40 dead tiger cubs were found in a freezer in a Thai Buddhist temple, which may be linked to wildlife trafficking. (Visual by Gellinger/Pixabay)

• After contracting Zika overseas, a mother in New Jersey gave birth to a child with microcephaly. The case marks the second child born with Zika-related birth defects in the U.S. (L.A. Times)

• Even in the stratosphere, 250,000 feet above the earth, life still exists. High-flying bacteria traverse the globe, and they can have big impacts on those living down below. (Nautilus)

• In a Buddhist temple in Thailand, authorities uncovered 40 dead tiger cubs in a freezer. The temple, known as a tourist destination, is suspected of wildlife trafficking. (BBC)

• The next generation of satellites, weighing only 5 grams, will have a test launch on June 6. These small computer chips could be key to understanding our own solar system, and beyond. (Scientific American)

• Early trials in humans showed that a universal cancer vaccine that tricks the body’s immune system into attacking tumors might not be so far off. (The Telegraph)

• NASA says that it has found 39 unreported sources of the pollutant sulfur dioxide. These unreported sources were found using satellites, and account for about 12 percent of all man-made sulfur dioxide in the world. (Reuters)

• And finally, from comic books to smartphone apps to classroom lessons, drug companies are finding new ways to target kids. Companies say that the outreach efforts are a service to kids and their parents, but critics say that these “initiatives” look an awful lot like marketing. (STAT)