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Virus Sleuths Chip Away At Ebola Mysteries

53 min 44 sec ago

Big questions have bedeviled virus hunters for 38 years: Why do people differ in their response to Ebola? Is it becoming more or less dangerous? There's now more evidence about who gets sick and why.

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Ebola Researchers Banned From Medical Meeting In New Orleans

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 4:06pm

One of the top scientific conferences on tropical diseases will take place without the people who have the most recent and direct experience with Ebola in West Africa.

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Saving The Amazon Will Take More Than Stopping Loggers

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 3:40pm

In order to save the Amazon, it's not enough for deforestation to stop; areas that have been denuded also need recuperation. A Brazilian research scientist has released a report with the World Wildlife Fund that suggested actions to curb the effect of humans on the world's largest rainforest.

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Apps Aim To Guide You On 'Sustainable Food' (Whatever That Means)

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:04am

Consumers who care about how their food is produced have a growing number of apps they can turn to at the supermarket. The problem? Nailing down just what sustainability means when it comes to food.

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VIDEO: You Don't Know Jack-O-Lanterns

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 7:25am

Explore the guts and glory of pumpkin science with Skunk Bear's latest video.

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18 Student Science Experiments Lost In Rocket Explosion

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:24pm

Melissa Block speaks with high school freshman Natalie Moyer about her experiment that was lost on the Antares rocket when it exploded on Tuesday.

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Monsanto Hired This Guy To Help It Win Over Millennials

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:39pm

Vance Crowe, 32, has a tough assignment: reach out to millennials, many of whom are skeptical of GMOs. Crowe says the company can do a better job of listening to their concerns.

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Rocket Explosion Comes At A Tough Time For NASA

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:30pm

Investigators spent the day at a NASA launch facility in Virginia trying to understand why a private cargo rocket exploded moments after liftoff. There were no injuries but the accident is a setback for the company, Orbital Sciences, and NASA. NASA is relying on private contractors to help ferry supplies to the International Space Station. The accident also changed the discussions happening at an annual space convention being held this week in Huntsville, Ala.

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Scientists Implicate More Than 100 Genes in Causing Autism

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 2:35pm

Spontaneous gene mutations, not ones inherited from parents, increase a child's risk of autism, scientists say. By comparing genes within families they've identified more than 100 suspects.

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Russian Engines Could Be Focus Of Antares Launch Failure Probe

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 1:32pm

NK-33 engines, originally destined for a Soviet-era moon shot that never got off the ground and later used in the Antares, are suspect, some scientists say.

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Who Should Pay To Fix The World's Salt-Damaged Soils?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:59pm

The area of land no longer suitable for farming because of salt degradation is rising quickly. Scientists argue the private sector should help fund efforts to reverse it since it relies on the crops.

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Blood Test For Ebola Doesn't Catch Infection Early

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:20pm

A highly sensitive blood test for Ebola exists, so why isn't it being used to test all returning health workers from West Africa? Because the virus isn't in the blood in the first stages of infection.

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Hawaii Lava Flow Less Than 100 Yards From Homes In Pahoa Village

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:18am

The flow, which began at Mount Kilauea in June, threatens to take out dozens of homes on the Big Island.

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The Case Against Mandatory Ebola Quarantines For Health Workers

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

The New England Journal of Medicine published an editorial against quarantining people who have worked with Ebola patients in Africa. Renee Montagne speaks with Dr. Lindsey Baden, one of the authors.

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Is 'Leaning In' The Only Formula For Women's Success In Science?

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:15pm

A science superstar at Caltech advises young women to not wait for encouragement to succeed. Just go do it, she says. But her admiring students say that approach doesn't work for everybody.

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Ancient Viruses Lurk In Frozen Caribou Poo

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:00pm

A 700-year-old caribou dropping from northern Canada holds surprisingly well-preserved viruses. There's no evidence the viruses are dangerous, but they are scientifically interesting.

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Sandwich (Replacement) Monday: Soylent

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 2:39pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Soylent, a meal-replacement substance. It's the thing to eat if you hate eating.

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Gladiator Gatorade? Ancient Athletes Had A Recovery Drink, Too

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:07pm

Gladiators guzzled a drink made from plant ash to help their bodies recover after a hard day of sword fighting, according to Roman accounts. New tests of old bones back up that idea.

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Fear Of Blowing Big Calls May Affect How Umpires Do Their Jobs

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

New research suggests umpires are hesitant to make calls that change the course of the game, especially in games with high stakes.

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From Brain To Computer: Helping 'Locked-In' Patient Get His Thoughts Out

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 4:48pm

"When I first saw him he had a little bit of eye movement and that was really the only way he could communicate," says Eric Sellers, who helped a patient use a brain-computer interface to communicate.

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