Syphilis is back in a big way in the US and officials don't quite know how to handle it.

The number of early-stage syphilis, when the disease is most contagious, rose to nearly 24,000 cases in 2015, a 19 percent jump from the year before, the New York Times writes, with the total number of cases at about 75,000.

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India's Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has a new director-general, according to ScienceInsider.

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