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U.S. Peace Corps withdrawing volunteers due to Ebola virus

The U.S. Peace Corps said on Wednesday it was pulling 340 volunteers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea because of the spreading Ebola virus that has killed 672 people in the three countries since February. It is the worst outbreak on record of the deadly virus, according to the World…

New report paints bleak future for nuclear power due to high operating costs

Originally published at Climate Central The globe’s nuclear power industry is aging, plagued with high costs and construction delays, and generally on the decline. That’s the conclusion of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report released Tuesday, an annual assessment of the trends in nuclear power production and the state of nuclear reactors worldwide. Isar…

Scientists: Companies could monitor your brain waves to test TV advertisements

Companies in the near future will be able to test public reaction to advertisements, music and films before they are released by monitoring the brain signals of a select group as they watch a trial. So say psychologists who on Tuesday unveiled the results of an unusual set of experiments…

Go with the flow and you’ll find evolution belongs to physics

By Adrian Bejan, Duke University People like to say that we cannot witness evolution because it occurs over timescales immensely greater than our lifetime. That’s incorrect. We can witness evolution all we want, in our lifetime, by watching other things that change and morph freely – for example the evolution…

North Carolina hospital isolates wing for patient who had visited ‘high-risk’ country

Portions of a North Carolina hospital were shut down while doctors tested a patient for communicable disease. One corridor was closed Wednesday morning at Charlotte’s Carolinas Medical Center, with a security guard posted outside to prevent entry, reported WSOC-TV. Hospital officials initially offered little information about the situation, but they…

23andMe lands $1.4 million grant from NIH to detect genetic roots for disease

WASHINGTON D.C. (Reuters) – Home genetics startup 23andMe has secured a $1.4 million two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build survey tools and expand its gene database. With these funds from NIH, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, the company…

How silk bulletproof vests and Bibles could have rewritten human history

The silk vest that might have saved Austria’s Archduke Ferdinand is one of many objects – from Holbein miniatures to the Kennedy limousine – that have played key historical roles It is a tiny bright circle of colour imprisoned under glass. Hans Holbein’s miniature of Anne of Cleves is a miraculous little…

European Space Agency: Milky Way telescope ready after glitches

A billion-dollar telescope designed to provide the most detailed map yet of the Milky Way is ready to start work after teething problems, the European Space Agency (ESA) said on Tuesday. “Following extensive in-orbit commissioning and several unexpected challenges… Gaia is now ready to begin its science mission,” the agency…

NASA’s Opportunity rover breaks out-of-this-world distance record

The US space agency’s Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body, NASA said. Since arriving on the Red Planet in 2004, the solar-powered robot has journeyed across 25 miles (40 kilometers) of Martian terrain. That surpasses the previous record,…

World’s largest solar boat searches for prehistoric village in the Argolic gulf

The world’s largest solar boat, the catamaran PlanetSolar, will embark on a Greek mission to find one of the oldest sites inhabited by man in Europe, an organiser said Monday. Starting on August 11, a team of Swiss and Greek scientists will seek a “prehistoric countryside” in the southeastern Peloponnese…

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