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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.

Observatory: When Herbivore Numbers Drop, Plants Lower Their Thorny Defenses

NY Times Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:01
Scientists studied trees in Kenya to try to determine what allows plants to thrive: protecting themselves with thorns or moving to areas with fewer predators.






Mercury's hidden water-ice revealed

BBC Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 08:14
A Nasa spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice within permanently shadowed craters on the planet Mercury.

Video Feature: Fighting Ebola, Street by Street

NY Times Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 06:38
Only about 15 ambulance teams are available to aid Monrovia, a city of nearly 1.5 million people, where hundreds of new Ebola cases are reported each week.






Smart meters open to hack attack

BBC Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 05:18
Smart meters widely used in Spain can be hacked to cut power bills, two security researchers find.

AUDIO: MPs 'should end Climate Change Act'

BBC Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 03:24
Parliament should scrap the Climate Change Act and MPs should stop "exaggerating" the effects of climate change, says Owen Paterson.

Paterson in 'lights out' warning

BBC Science - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 01:57
The government's energy policy will "fail to keep the lights on", the former environment secretary has said.

C.D.C. Director Becomes Face of Nation’s Worry and Flawed Response

NY Times Science - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 19:05
Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, the nation’s top public health official, will probably face withering questions about his record during a congressional hearing.






Downfall for Hospital Where Ebola Spread

NY Times Science - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:48
With the announcement that a second nurse in Dallas had been infected, scrutiny of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital intensified as officials sought to calm workers and patients.






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