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Forecasters Play Down Hurricane Ana’s Threat to Hawaii

NY Times Science - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:24
National Weather Service forecasters predicted the storm would pass by the island chain without doing much damage.

In Tennessee, Time Comes for a Nuclear Plant Four Decades in the Making

NY Times Science - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 17:18
Electricity demand has not met projections, but the cost of upgrading coal-burning plants makes this an opportune moment for the reactor to arrive.

A Word With: Richard Preston: Updating a Chronicle of Suffering: Author of ‘The Hot Zone’ Tracks Ebola’s Evolution

NY Times Science - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 15:13
“The Hot Zone,” the nonfiction thriller about Ebola that Richard Preston wrote 20 years ago, is back on best-seller lists.

Comet Siding Spring skims past Mars

BBC Science - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 15:10
A recently discovered comet known as Siding Spring passes Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study the object.

Power Plants Seek to Extend Life of Nuclear Reactors for Decades

NY Times Science - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 13:48
Nuclear proponents say that extending plants’ lifetimes is more economical — and a better way to hold down carbon dioxide emissions — than building new plants.






Sex emerged in ancient Scottish lake

BBC Science - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:17
The first animals to copulate were small fish that lived 385 million years ago in what is now Scotland, a study suggests.

Ebola Is Ruled Out After Cruise Ship Carrying Hospital Worker Returns to Texas

NY Times Science - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:07
News that a passenger on the Carnival Magic had handled an Ebola patient’s sample turned a Caribbean jaunt into a drama, but there was never any risk.

Dot Earth Blog: Never Mind the Anthropocene – Beware the ‘Manthropocene’

NY Times Science - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 09:20
A look at the gender factor in assessing the Anthropocene — the age of “man.”






Dozens in Ohio Monitored for Possible Exposure to Nurse With Ebola

NY Times Science - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 17:30
The nurse, Amber Joy Vinson, helped treat Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died earlier this month in Dallas from the Ebola virus.






At Service for Dallas Ebola Victim, Relatives Recall a Gentle, Generous Man

NY Times Science - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 13:14
Family and friends bid farewell at a North Carolina church on Saturday to Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian who was the first person to die of Ebola in the United States.






Applied Science: When Those Who Know Won’t Share

NY Times Science - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:37
Teamwork may be important in the workplace, but research shows that individual workers find various rationales for keeping knowledge to themselves.






Life in Quarantine for Ebola Exposure: 21 Days of Fear and Loathing

NY Times Science - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:08
The number of people who have locked themselves away, either under government orders or voluntarily, has grown well beyond those who lived with and cared for the first Ebola victim in Dallas.

VIDEO: New dinosaur 'may be in T-Rex family'

BBC Science - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:59
Scientists think that a newly discovered species of dinosaur, whose remains were found after 20 years of excavation in Venezuela, maybe related to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Vocations: The Infection Preventionist: On the Lookout for Ebola

NY Times Science - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 09:40
A nurse who works in infection prevention describes her hospital’s precautions against the risk of Ebola. The experience, she says, has taught her “to constantly be ready.”

Experts Oppose Ebola Travel Ban, Saying It Would Cut Off Worst-Hit Countries

NY Times Science - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 20:40
Health specialists said a travel ban would do more harm than good because it would isolate impoverished nations that are barely able to cope with the Ebola outbreak.






Before Ebola, New Czar Handled Political Crises

NY Times Science - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 19:23
A seasoned crisis-response operative, Ron Klain, is charged with managing the federal efforts to contain the deadly virus.






White House to Cut Funding for Risky Biological Study

NY Times Science - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 19:11
The decision is a reversal of the government’s approach to supporting scientific efforts to intensify viruses, called gain of function.

Amid Assurances on Ebola, Obama Is Said to Seethe

NY Times Science - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 18:47
President Obama has assured the public that the government’s response was adequate. But he has also quietly faulted the handling as “not tight.”

Obama Names Democratic Operative to Coordinate Ebola Response

NY Times Science - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:52
The appointment of Ron Klain, a White House veteran, spoke of the seriousness of the situation for the administration, which hoped to put the management of the crisis back on track.

Health Scare in Texas Also Sends Political Ripples

NY Times Science - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:51
Gov. Rick Perry’s back-seat public role in the Ebola drama was an unlikely position for an assertive, hands-on executive.
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