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VIDEO: Baby pandas wrestle with their keeper

BBC Science - 4 hours 34 min ago
A breeder in China's Chendgu province was trying to give these two baby pandas medicine instead of their usual bamboo leaves- and they were having none of it.

Rockets 'destroy chemical weapons'

BBC Science - 4 hours 36 min ago
A team has developed micro-sized rockets, powered by seawater, that can neutralise chemical and biological weapons.

Liberia’s Ebola Crisis Puts President in Harsh Light

NYT Science - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 19:36
As Liberia’s first elected leader after a devastating civil war, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has pushed the country to economic growth, but gains have been halted by the Ebola outbreak.

Newt flesh fungus 'brought by pets'

BBC Science - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 19:00
A skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia.

Political Memo: Why Republicans Keep Telling Everyone They’re Not Scientists

NYT Science - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:15
The refrain is a stopgap between two politically untenable positions: the denial of climate change and the embrace of policies to address it.

A WW2 technology 'Plan B' for GPS

BBC Science - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:10
Technology developed during World War Two is to be used as a back-up for GPS in ports across England and Scotland.

North Korea Said to Impose Ebola Quarantine on All Travelers

NYT Science - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:00
North Korea, which in the best of times allows a limited number of people in or out, is so rattled by the virus that it reportedly will quarantine anyone coming into the country from anywhere.

From Governors, a Mix of Hard-Line Acts and Conciliation Over Ebola

NYT Science - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:43
In response to public anxiety, governors of both parties are struggling to define health policies on the virus.

VIDEO: Lab for world’s worst animal viruses

BBC Science - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:10
A look around a new lab at Pirbright Institute in Surrey, where the world’s most contagious livestock viruses will be kept.

In New York, Protections Offered for Medical Workers Joining Ebola Fight

NYT Science - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 17:09
The announcement by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio was an effort to alleviate concerns that the state’s quarantine policy could cause financial hardship and deter health care employees from traveling to West Africa.

Deadly Fungal Disease Threatening Salamanders May Spread Through Pet Trade

NYT Science - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:07
Fire-bellied newts imported from Asia may be spreading a fungal disease that is killing off fire salamanders in Europe and could easily spread to America, researchers say.

Low oxygen 'delayed life on Earth'

BBC Science - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:04
Animals took so long to evolve and thrive on Earth because of incredibly low levels of oxygen during a period more than a billion years ago, scientists say.

Genes Influence Ebola Infections in Mice, Study Suggests

NYT Science - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:00
For the first time, scientists have bred mice that developed Ebola infections resembling those in humans and found that genes affect how the animals react to the virus.

Matter: From Ancient DNA, a Clearer Picture of Europeans Today

NYT Science - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:25
New studies of genomes thousands of years old have allowed scientists to see bits of history playing out over time, revealing that Europeans today have genes from three very different populations.

IPCC debates 'most important' report

BBC Science - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 06:34
Scientists and government officials are meeting in Copenhagen to edit a report on the causes, impact and solutions to global warming.

Is the traditional metal key becoming obsolete?

BBC Science - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:26
Keys are 4,000 years old but are their days numbered?

New species of frog in urban jungle

BBC Science - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:36
Scientists confirm that a frog found living in New York City wetlands is a new species.

After a Family Trip to Africa, a Connecticut Girl, 7, Is Unwelcome at School

NYT Science - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:16
The Milford, Conn. student, Ikeoluwa Opayemi, has not been allowed at class since she returned from a 10-day trip to Nigeria.

Threat of Lawsuit Could Test Maine’s Quarantine Policy

NYT Science - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:00
The dispute is heightening a national debate over how to balance public health and public fears against the rights and freedoms of health care workers, and troops, returning from West Africa.

In U.S. Cleanup Efforts, Accident at Nuclear Site Points to Cost of Lapses

NYT Science - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:32
As the United States aims to correct years of mishandling radioactive materials, the price of reopening a New Mexico waste repository could top $551 million.


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