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Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds

NY Times Science - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:52
A new study found that the caliber of the words spoken to young children was more valuable than the number of words heard in the development of a child’s language skills.

VIDEO: Oysters flourish again in Swansea

BBC Science - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 13:14
Oyster fishing is set to make a comeback in Wales after marine biologists reintroduced 40,000 oysters into Swansea Bay.

Waste From Ebola Poses Challenge to Hospitals

NY Times Science - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:20
The infection of two Texas hospital workers with Ebola betrayed what even the best hospitals lack: an ability to handle the infectious waste from the virus.

In Layers of Gear, Offering Healing Hand to Ebola Patients in Liberia

NY Times Science - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 07:19
Doctors offer Ebola patients simple comforts, like feeding them or cleaning them up. But they also try to restrain their own impulses, because old habits might not be safe.

VIDEO: Activists blockade Australian port

BBC Science - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:22
Hundreds of climate change protestors have attempted to disrupt shipments of coal from a port north of Sydney using their canoes, kayaks and surfboards to form a blockade.

AUDIO: Science shines light on dark matter

BBC Science - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:31
Scientists from the University of Leicester say they may have solved one of the most enduring mysteries in modern physics: the nature of dark matter.

Name sought for comet landing site

BBC Science - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 03:27
The public are being invited to name the site on a comet where a European robot will try to land on 12 November.

Rosetta comet: More black swan than yellow duck

BBC Science - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 00:24
A fascination of comets is their blackness

Obama May Name ‘Czar’ to Oversee Ebola Response

NY Times Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:47
After learning that a nurse infected in Texas had flown to Ohio, officials in two states closed schools and Americans debated how much they should worry.

In 'Cosmigraphics,' Our Changing Pictures of Space Through Time

NY Times Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:35
Over thousands of years, humans have tried to represent the universe in graphic form, whether in manuscripts, paintings, prints, books or supercomputer simulations.

White House Takes Drop-Everything Approach to Respond to Public Health Crisis

NY Times Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 19:06
The C.D.C. director, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, underwent sharp questioning before a House committee.

For Ebola Health Workers, Risks and Duty Collide

NY Times Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:48
As they did in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, health care workers treating Ebola are forced to learn a great deal in a short time.

Controls Poor in Dallas, Nurse Says

NY Times Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:34
A nurse at the Dallas hospital where the first Ebola patient in the United States was cared for said she had lost confidence in her employer and feared that staff had been put at risk.

Texas Plant to Capture, and Then Reuse, Carbon

NY Times Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 17:49
Skyonic Corporation of Austin plans to open a $125 million factory near San Antonio next week that will make industrial chemicals.

New disease 'killing amphibians'

BBC Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 16:47
A deadly new disease has emerged in Spain that is wiping out amphibians, scientists report.

Dot Earth Blog: Does the Anthropocene, the Age of Humans, Deserve a Golden Spike?

NY Times Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:45
A meeting of geologists and other analysts explores whether Earth has entered a geological age made by humans.

In Cities With West African Populations, Hospitals Take Extra Steps

NY Times Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:40
Patient screening, protections for hospital employees and efforts to encourage people to report symptoms and take precautions are being put in place.

Europe Evaluates Ebola Measures as Possibility of New Cases Arises in France and Spain

NY Times Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:10
As new patients were evaluated, officials discussed whether proper preventive measures were being taken.

Carnivores 'help trees shed thorns'

BBC Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:23
The presence of carnivores, which control herbivore numbers, helps plants without thorny defences thrive, a study of life on the savannah reveals.

Death Star moon is 'wonky or watery'

BBC Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:04
The internal structure of Saturn's moon Mimas is either irregularly shaped or awash with water, according to a new study of its tell-tale wobbling movements.
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