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Mutating Ebola Viruses Not As Scary As Evolving Ones - Science 2.0

Tue, 2014-09-02 13:19

Science 2.0

Mutating Ebola Viruses Not As Scary As Evolving Ones
Science 2.0
The Science paper concludes, from studying these changes, that the current West African outbreak comes from a single zoonotic infection (when a virus crosses from an animal to humans, which is how Ebola outbreaks start). The virus, living in animals ...
The African Union Must Take the Ebola Case to the UN Security CouncilAllAfrica.com
CDC Laboratories Produce First Genomic Sequence of Liberian EbolaInfection Control Today
Ebola: healthcare workers go on strike over safety fearsThe Week UK

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The Rise of Biblical Counseling - Pacific Standard

Tue, 2014-09-02 13:13

The Rise of Biblical Counseling
Pacific Standard
However, on his LinkedIn profile, he lists himself as “Senior Medical Science Liaison” for a biopharmaceutical company called Avanir. This gives him a measure of scientific authority and makes him a popular figure in biblical counseling, a movement ...

South Africa's ancient cycad plants under threat from poachers - The Guardian

Tue, 2014-09-02 02:46

The Guardian

South Africa's ancient cycad plants under threat from poachers
The Guardian
Some species have disappeared from their natural habitats and are protected in gardens such as Kirstenbosch, which has been used to source genetic material for re-establishing wild populations. In the recent raids a total of 24 of the plants were dug ...

Granddaughter of Vinton residents feels at home among chimpanzees of West ... - Vinton Today

Mon, 2014-09-01 16:10

Granddaughter of Vinton residents feels at home among chimpanzees of West ...
Vinton Today
In Western Africa, where a savanna woodland scattered with trees divides the Sahara Desert to the north from the fertile but shrinking rain forests located to the east and south of Senegal, a primitive hut is awaiting the Iowa woman who can't wait to ...

Here's the Next-Generation Battery Market You Never Knew Existed - Motley Fool

Mon, 2014-09-01 15:30

Here's the Next-Generation Battery Market You Never Knew Existed
Motley Fool
Motley Fool readers have seen Argonne National Laboratory battery researcher Jeff Chamberlain dive into upcoming innovations for smartphones and electric cars. These markets may use the same basic lithium-ion battery chemistry today, but their unique ...

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Newsweek's Dehumanization of Africans and Monkey Meat Ebola Fearmongering - Center for Research on Globalization

Sun, 2014-08-31 14:58

Center for Research on Globalization

Newsweek's Dehumanization of Africans and Monkey Meat Ebola Fearmongering
Center for Research on Globalization
That piece notes that “according to scientific evidence, the main risk of human infection by Ebola or Marburg is not thought to be from all bushmeat, only from infected animals and only from fresh carcasses.” The main expert in the piece, University of ...

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Traditional healer responsible for bringing Ebola to Sierra Leone -- scientists - TheHealthSite

Sun, 2014-08-31 09:54

New Vision

Traditional healer responsible for bringing Ebola to Sierra Leone -- scientists
TheHealthSite
ebola-virus A case of the Ebola virus' spread to Senegal – the first time a new country has been hit by the outbreak since July – has forced scientists to find how the virus spread to various countries. One such finding has led to the exact factor that ...
Ebola Hits Fifth Country as Worst-Ever Outbreak GrowsKTRK-TV
Ebola: Everything you need to knowMacleans.ca
Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone traced back to a single traditional healer's ...Daily Mail
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Close to Home: Watering wisely and saving trees is possible - Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Sun, 2014-08-31 07:07

Close to Home: Watering wisely and saving trees is possible
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Trees naturally store water. They retain water in all the cells of their structures: roots, trunk, branches and leaves. In dry periods, trees reveal many survival mechanisms. The baobab tree in Africa has almost no branches and a trunk that swells and ...

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Monkeys Infected With Ebola Virus Survived After Treated With Drug ZMapp - Guardian Liberty Voice

Sun, 2014-08-31 00:06

The Daily Star

Monkeys Infected With Ebola Virus Survived After Treated With Drug ZMapp
Guardian Liberty Voice
ZMapp was the drug that was also given to the two American aid workers who had been afflicted with the virus while in Africa. So far, it has shown 100 percent positive ... Canadian scientists broadcast on Friday that ZMapp had cured a group nearly 20 ...
Experimental Ebola drug '100% effective' in animal trialsThe Daily Star
Ebola drug Zmapp is 100% effective at treating monkeys with the disease ...Daily Mail
Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in studyKTVU San Francisco
U-T San Diego -Scientific American -Regina Leader-Post
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The next pandemic - The Week Magazine

Sat, 2014-08-30 12:09

The next pandemic
The Week Magazine
Scientists expect a much deadlier virus to emerge in the not-distant future. By The Week Staff | 8:00am ... The next pandemic is most likely to emerge in a remote region of Asia or Africa, from contact between people and poultry, rats, bats, pigs ...

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Drug found to cure Ebola in monkeys raises hope as outbreak spreads to Senegal - Washington Post

Sat, 2014-08-30 01:35

Regina Leader-Post

Drug found to cure Ebola in monkeys raises hope as outbreak spreads to Senegal
Washington Post
As the Ebola outbreak spread to a fifth African country Friday, researchers announced that the experimental drug pressed into emergency use in recent weeks had cured a group of 18 monkeys of the deadly disease, including some that didn't receive the ...
Ebola drug Zmapp is 100% effective at treating monkeys with the disease ...Daily Mail
Canadian scientists save Ebola-infected monkeysRegina Leader-Post
Ebola cure breakthrough: animal trials succeedi24news
New York Times -Florida Times-Union -Columbus Dispatch
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Holes in the Ground Could Be Our Longest-Lasting Legacy - NBCNews.com

Fri, 2014-08-29 21:59

NBCNews.com

Holes in the Ground Could Be Our Longest-Lasting Legacy
NBCNews.com
It's estimated that humans have altered over half of the planet's surface, and those changes are easy to see — the ice sheets are melting, forests are shrinking and species are going extinct. People have changed the planet so dramatically that some ...
Humanity's Longest-Lasting Legacy: Miles of HolesYahoo News UK

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Ebola outbreak traced back to toddler and fruit bat - WJLA

Fri, 2014-08-29 19:37

WJLA

Ebola outbreak traced back to toddler and fruit bat
WJLA
Sabeti and her team used advanced genomic sequencing technology to identify a single point of infection from an animal to a human in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The team's research also revealed the dynamics of how the virus has been ...
2014 Ebola Outbreak Traced to Single Animal-Human ContactSCVNEWS.com

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Single animal to human transmission event responsible for 2014 Ebola outbreak - National Institutes of Health (press release)

Fri, 2014-08-29 12:15

BBC News

Single animal to human transmission event responsible for 2014 Ebola outbreak
National Institutes of Health (press release)
Scientists used advanced genomic sequencing technology to identify a single point of infection from an animal reservoir to a human in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This research has also revealed the dynamics of how the Ebola virus has ...
Ebola genome clarifies origins of West African outbreakScience News
Genetic clues to spread of EbolaBBC News
Where Did Ebola Come From? Likely One Person, Gene Study FindsNBCNews.com
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Aug. 29 2014 8:08 AM - Slate Magazine

Fri, 2014-08-29 12:11

Slate Magazine

Aug. 29 2014 8:08 AM
Slate Magazine
Roads and the cars that travel them not only kill animals outright but dissect habitat, ignite wildfires, spawn networks of secondary roads, and literally pave the way for motorized tourism, logging, mining, and other extractive activities. ... Nature ...

Secrets of animal camouflage research - The Guardian

Fri, 2014-08-29 10:56

The Guardian

Secrets of animal camouflage research
The Guardian
It occurs south of the equator in Africa. ... The BBSRC is experimenting by sending cameras to some of their BBSRC-funded researchers so they can record their experiences whilst pursuing research in the field -- gnarly roads, bush fires, biting insects ...

Origin Of Ebola Outbreak May Be A Bat And Virus Has Rapid Mutation Rate - International Business Times

Fri, 2014-08-29 03:12

International Business Times

Origin Of Ebola Outbreak May Be A Bat And Virus Has Rapid Mutation Rate
International Business Times
The Ebola virus has mutated 300 times since the deadliest outbreak in history began in West Africa in May, and these transformations lead scientists to conclude that it is unlike any past Ebola epidemic. This could make it both harder to treat and ...
Broad Institute, Harvard scientists release promising research on Ebola epidemicBoston Business Journal (blog)
Ebola virus is rapidly mutatingABC Science Online
Ebola scientists release virus sequences to aid treatment huntThe Malay Mail Online

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Ebola genome clarifies origins of West African outbreak - Science News

Thu, 2014-08-28 19:41

BBC News

Ebola genome clarifies origins of West African outbreak
Science News
Genetic data confirm that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is being spread from human to human, not through contact with infected animals. The findings emphasize the need for better public health measures to keep the epidemic from spreading more ...
Genetic clues to spread of EbolaBBC News
Genomes reveal start of Ebola outbreakScience Careers Blog (subscription)
Where Did Ebola Come From? Likely One Person, Gene Study FindsNBCNews.com
Scientific American -South China Morning Post (subscription) -The Week UK
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Accounting for the Expanding Carbon Shadow from Coal-Burning Plants - New York Times (blog)

Thu, 2014-08-28 18:55

New York Times (blog)

Accounting for the Expanding Carbon Shadow from Coal-Burning Plants
New York Times (blog)
Thus, climate scientists and energy-economic modelers have developed hundreds of plausible scenarios of future emissions and used them to identify emissions pathways that might achieve climate policy goals. Such scenarios are powerful tools for .... As ...
The World's Existing Power Plants Will Emit 300 Billion Tons Of Carbon Dioxide ...ThinkProgress

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Saving the banana - Science News for Students

Thu, 2014-08-28 13:11

Science News for Students

Saving the banana
Science News for Students
The only effective method for controlling it is preventing the fungus from infecting a plant in the first place. That's why its arrival in Africa is so worrying. Now Viljoen, Swennen and other scientists are racing against time to stop the further ...

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