As Ebola Crisis Spreads in West Africa, Liberia's Deterioration Stands Out

National Geographic Tech - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:53
The country has more deaths than any other affected nation, prompting a quarantine and curfew in the capital.
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Successful Marburg Virus Treatment Offers Hope for Ebola Patients

National Geographic Tech - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:50
An experimental therapy showed success in monkeys with Marburg virus, offering hope for new treatments for related Ebola virus.
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The Cutting-Edge Butter Knife of Your Dreams Is Finally Here

Wired Tech News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:06
Sliced bread is synonymous with innovation, but really, how wonderful is it if a chilled pat of butter can trash a piece of pumpernickel toast?






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Cities Are Making Spiders Grow Bigger and Multiply Faster

Wired Tech News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:05
A new study published today in PLOS One shows that golden orb weaver spiders living near heavily urbanized areas in Sydney, Australia tend to be bigger, better fed, and have more babies than those living in places less touched by human hands.






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Formlabs Believes the Future of 3-D Printing Is With Pros, Not Tinkerers

Wired Tech News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:05
Colin Raney's mission is to use the design thinking and business model innovation skills honed at Ideo to help Formlabs reach its true potential.






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Seals and sea lions likely spread tuberculosis to humans

Science Daily Tech - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:00
Scientists who study tuberculosis have long debated its origins. New research shows that tuberculosis likely spread from humans in Africa to seals and sea lions that brought the disease to South America and transmitted it to Native people there before Europeans landed on the continent.
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Life can persist in cold, dark world: Life under Antarctic ice explored

Science Daily Tech - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:00
The first breakthrough article to come out of a massive U.S. expedition to one of Earth's final frontiers shows that there's life and an active ecosystem one-half mile below the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, specifically in a lake that hasn't seen sunlight or felt a breath of wind for millions of years. The life is in the form of microorganisms that live beneath the enormous Antarctic ice sheet and convert ammonium and methane into the energy required for growth.
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Jurassic mammals were picky eaters, new study finds

Science Daily Tech - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:59
New analyses of tiny fossil mammals from Glamorgan, South Wales are shedding light on the function and diets of our earliest ancestors, a team reports. Mammals and their immediate ancestors from the Jurassic period (201-145 million years ago) developed new characteristics - such as better hearing and teeth capable of precise chewing.
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Twitter Steps Up, Suspends Accounts That Share Horrific Beheading Video

Wired Tech News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:50
Twitter plans to suspend any accounts spreading graphic imagery from a video that appears to show photojournalist James Foley being beheaded by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.






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Neanderthals Died Out 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought, With Help From Modern Humans

National Geographic Tech - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:45
Neanderthals and modern people overlapped in mosaic fashion for thousands of years, improved dating reveals.
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Microbes Discovered in Subglacial Antarctic Lake May Hint at Life in Space

National Geographic Tech - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:45
Biologists have discovered microbes thriving in a subglacial Antarctic lake that could be a model for life on distant worlds.
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Why the Current Mass Extinction Matters

National Geographic Tech - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:45
We seem indifferent to the mass extinction we're causing, yet we lose a part of ourselves when another animal dies out.
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Experts denounce clinical trials of unscientific, 'alternative' medicines

Science Daily Tech - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:32
Experts call for an end to clinical trials of 'highly implausible treatments' such as homeopathy and reiki. Over the last two decades, such complementary and alternative medicine treatments have been embraced in medical academia despite budget constraints and the fact that they rest on dubious science, they say.
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Scientists learn more about rare skin cancer that killed Bob Marley

Science Daily Tech - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:32
Acral melanomas, the rare type of skin cancer that caused musician Bob Marley’s death, are genetically distinct from other types of skin cancer. Acral melanoma most often affects the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, nail-beds and other hairless parts of the skin. Unlike other more common types of melanoma, it's not caused by UV damage from the sun.
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Vine Grows Up, Lets You Edit and Upload Existing Video

Wired Tech News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:18
The biggest change is that people can now dip into their camera rolls and use existing videos they've recorded for Vines.






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Out in the Open: This Man Wants to Turn Data Into Free Food (And So Much More)

Wired Tech News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:02
The aim is a simple one: 25-year-old software developer Max Ogden wants to make it easier for governments to share their data with a world of software developers.






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Teen sleeplessness piles on risk for obesity

Science Daily Tech - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:19
Teenagers who don't get enough sleep may wake up to worse consequences than nodding off during chemistry class. According to new research, risk of being obese by age 21 was 20 percent higher among 16-year-olds who got less than six hours of sleep a night, compared with their peers who slumbered more than eight hours.
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Severe infections with hospitalization after prostate biopsy rising in Sweden

Science Daily Tech - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:17
Transrectal ultrasound guided biopsy is the gold standard for detecting prostate cancer, but international reports have suggested that the number of risks associated with the procedure is increasing. In a new nationwide population-based study, Swedish researchers found that six percent of men filled a prescription for antibiotics for a urinary tract infection within 30 days after having a prostate biopsy, with a twofold increase in hospital admissions over five years.
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Sleepy college students stressed by jobs

Science Daily Tech - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:17
College students are typically more sleep deprived than the rest of us and often ignore the health benefits of adequate slumber, said a researcher who studies the topic. "Sleep is extremely important to overall health," one researcher said. "Poor sleep has short-term consequences on mood, concentration, higher learning and can lead to the dangers involved in drowsy driving. "It also has long-term ramifications on our overall health. Research has found links between poor sleep and diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity."
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Startups Battle to Make Star Trek’s Comms Badge a Reality

Wired Tech News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:15
Creator Robbins believes this new breed of communicator can fill the large gap left by the demise of the old Nextel network, which once provided a kind of wide-area walkie-talkie for businesses.






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