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Where Does Ebola Hide Between Outbreaks? - Slate Magazine

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Where Does Ebola Hide Between Outbreaks?
Slate Magazine
My nerve-wracking research with shrieking bats. By Matt McCarthy ... I was a medical student at Harvard at the time, and I'd responded to a flier seeking an animal catcher willing to spend the summer in Africa. I had no such ... A few weeks later, I ...

Neanderthals and humans first mated 50000 years ago, DNA reveals - Fox News

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Neanderthals and humans first mated 50000 years ago, DNA reveals
Fox News
To help solve this mystery, scientists analyzed the shaft of a thighbone found by an artist and mammoth ivory collector, Nikolai Peristov, on the left bank of the river Irtysh near the settlement of Ust'-Ishim in western Siberia in 2008. They ...
New evidence on Neanderthal mixingHarvard Gazette
DNA found in early modern human fossil shows evidence of interbreeding with ...Tech Times
Thoroughly modern humans interbred with NeanderthalsNew Scientist
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Chimps filmed raiding farms to find food - BBC News

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Chimps filmed raiding farms to find food
BBC News
"[It's] surrounded on the outside by smallholder farms, forest fragments and tea estates," the researchers said in their paper. They think that humans encroaching on chimp habitats may have "promoted" the animals' foraging trips into cropland. But the ...

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Ten Years On, the Flores “Hobbit” Remains an Evolutionary Puzzle - Smithsonian

Wed, 2014-10-22 21:03

Smithsonian

Ten Years On, the Flores “Hobbit” Remains an Evolutionary Puzzle
Smithsonian
Known to scientists as Homo floresiensis, the Hobbit has no ordinary skeleton. Although parts of its anatomy resembled those of very ancient humans, dating analysis puts the skeleton at about 18,000 years old. That means the seemingly primitive species ...
'Hobbit Humans' Actually Might Not Have Been HumanDiscovery News

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Demand Jumps for Protective Equipment as Ebola Cases Spur Hospitals Into ... - New York Times

Wed, 2014-10-22 06:29

New York Times

Demand Jumps for Protective Equipment as Ebola Cases Spur Hospitals Into ...
New York Times
At manufacturing plants in North Carolina, Mexico and Honduras, the machines are standing ready. The plants, which make gowns and other protective equipment that medical staff need to treat Ebola patients, have hired extra workers to make sure the ...

Johnson & Johnson to Begin Testing Ebola Vaccine in January - Wall Street Journal

Wed, 2014-10-22 05:50

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Johnson & Johnson to Begin Testing Ebola Vaccine in January
Wall Street Journal
... will work safely. J&J's vaccine proved safe and protective against the virus during testing in monkeys, which J&J Chief Scientific Officer Paul Stoffels said was normally a strong sign that the regimen would work in humans. ... Marie-Paule Kieny ...
800 Vials Of Experimental Ebola Vaccine Shipped From CanadaScience 2.0
Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa expected to start in January for 'tens of ...Fox Business
Ebola Vaccines May Be Deployed in West Africa by January, Officials SayU.S. News & World Report

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9 questions you were too afraid to ask about Ebola - MSN Money

Wed, 2014-10-22 02:51

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9 questions you were too afraid to ask about Ebola
MSN Money
Those who have a fever, and who have just returned from one of the affected countries — Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Those who feel sick after having come into close contact with a traveler from West Africa. But if you're not in one these ...
Scientists rush on Ebola vaccines as food agencies move in to prevent hunger ...Deutsche Welle
WHO: Ebola vaccine trials in W. Africa in Januarykwwl.com

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Sowing the seeds of an illogical crop ban - Los Angeles Times

Wed, 2014-10-22 00:23

Sowing the seeds of an illogical crop ban
Los Angeles Times
Scientists have, for instance, developed a form of rice that contains significant amounts of vitamin A, an innovation that could prevent blindness and death for millions of people in Asia and Africa. Scientists are at work on oranges they hope will ...

Is climate change to blame for the Ebola outbreak? - Haaretz

Tue, 2014-10-21 15:04

Haaretz

Is climate change to blame for the Ebola outbreak?
Haaretz
To this day nobody knows where Ebola lurks in nature, or in the scientific argot, what animal is its "natural reservoir." Fruit bats have been ... Others suspect that the origin – at least in the Congo, not necessarily in the recent West African ...
WHAT IF EBOLA ISN'T AFRICA'S BIGGEST HEALTH THREAT?UC Berkeley (blog)
Implement ban on travel now: Opposing viewUSA TODAY
Curing the Incurable: On the Road to Counter EbolaOnislam.net
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Extremely Rare White Rhino Dies in Kenya—His Kind Nearly Extinct - National Geographic

Mon, 2014-10-20 20:39

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Extremely Rare White Rhino Dies in Kenya—His Kind Nearly Extinct
National Geographic
That "we've lost [the subspecies] is a statement of just how bad off large animals are across Africa," said Pimm, who is also a contributor to National Geographic's News Watch blog. "It's a measure of the fact that rhinos are being massively poached ...
The World's Rare White Rhino Just Inched Closer to ExtinctionMic
One male left in the entire northern white rhino populationNational Monitor
Only six northern white rhinos left. Is there any chance of a comeback?Christian Science Monitor
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Africa's Sugar Ambitions Turn Sour - Wall Street Journal

Mon, 2014-10-20 18:26

Wall Street Journal

Africa's Sugar Ambitions Turn Sour
Wall Street Journal
For much of the past decade, African and foreign sugar companies have pumped billions of dollars into projects in an attempt to tap the sweet tooth of the continent's new middle class. Today, mills in many countries are ... “There is an enormous market ...

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Barbara King included in 'Best American Science and Nature Writing' anthology - William and Mary News

Mon, 2014-10-20 17:49

William and Mary News

Barbara King included in 'Best American Science and Nature Writing' anthology
William and Mary News
A piece by William & Mary anthropologist Barbara King is included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014, a recently released anthology that currently holds the number one spot in the nature writing and essays category on Amazon. “When ...

Climate Renews Famine Risk to Africa's Sahel - Truthdig

Mon, 2014-10-20 15:20

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Climate Renews Famine Risk to Africa's Sahel
Truthdig
Writing in the journal Environmental Research Letters, the researchers from Lund University say people in the Sahel need more food, animal feed and fuel every year. But demand, which has more than doubled over a recent 10-year period, is growing much ...

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Puppy-Sized Spider Romps in Rainforest - Discovery News

Mon, 2014-10-20 13:42

Discovery News

Puppy-Sized Spider Romps in Rainforest
Discovery News
Its leg span can reach up to a foot (30 centimeters), or about the size of "a child's forearm," with a body the size of "a large fist," Naskrecki told Live Science. And the spider can ... (170 grams) — about as much as a young puppy, the scientist ...

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University of Cape Town leads in plant-based HPV vaccine research - South Africa.info

Mon, 2014-10-20 11:06

University of Cape Town leads in plant-based HPV vaccine research
South Africa.info
The University of Cape Town's Biopharming Research Unit (BRU) group developed the “first proof of efficacy of a plant-produced papillomavirus vaccine”. The unit's breakthrough now sees it collaborating with Medicago, a Canadian biopharmaceutical ...

For Virginia Tech expert, there's a science to fall foilage - Lynchburg News and Advance

Mon, 2014-10-20 04:17

Lynchburg News and Advance

For Virginia Tech expert, there's a science to fall foilage
Lynchburg News and Advance
JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST — Virginia Tech tree scientist John Seiler takes a class of dendrology students to Pandapas Ponds near Blacksburg, showing the same trees he's visited like this for each of the past 33 years. Occasionally he stops, points to ...

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Why the Work of Dr. Nancy J. Sullivan Could Be Key to a Potential Ebola Vaccine - Wall Street Journal

Mon, 2014-10-20 02:56

Wall Street Journal

Why the Work of Dr. Nancy J. Sullivan Could Be Key to a Potential Ebola Vaccine
Wall Street Journal
Today, if the scientific world is to have an answer to the world's severest Ebola outbreak, Dr. Sullivan's work is likely to be at its center. A senior investigator at the National Institutes of Health's Vaccine Research Center, Dr. Sullivan has worked ...

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Predator decline spawns thorny biodiversity dilemma - Summit County Citizens Voice

Sun, 2014-10-19 16:12

Summit County Citizens Voice

Predator decline spawns thorny biodiversity dilemma
Summit County Citizens Voice
FRISCO — The global decline of large predators is leading to a loss of plant and tree diversity, scientists said after studying ecosystem changes in Africa. Recent research shows more than 75 percent of the world's large carnivore species are in ...

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Ebola: Bio-economic war and Africa (1) - New Zimbabwe.com

Sun, 2014-10-19 16:06

New Zimbabwe.com

Ebola: Bio-economic war and Africa (1)
New Zimbabwe.com
AS the Ebola outbreak rages, and there are projections of more than 1.4 million persons infected in the next few months, the African Union and the regional bloc ECOWAS have taken a back seat as the international media uses this virus to stigmatize ...
Ebola Manufactured by Western Pharmaceuticals, US DoD?: Scientists AllegeSri Lanka Guardian

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How tobacco plants can help fight Ebola - CTV News

Sun, 2014-10-19 14:08

How tobacco plants can help fight Ebola
CTV News
Biotech company Plantform has been tasked by agencies in both the U.S. and Canada to produce drugs for testing against strains of the Ebola virus other than the one causing the present outbreak in West Africa. The Guelph ... University of Guelph ...