Thursday, August 21, 2014

Science

Another Ebola problem: How to prevent new outbreaks without knowing the virus’s natural source

A scary problem lurks beyond the frenzied efforts to keep people from spreading Ebola: No one knows exactly where the virus comes from or how to stop it from seeding new outbreaks.
Ebola has caused two dozen outbreaks in Africa since it first emerged in 1976. It is coming from somewhere — probably bats — but experts agree they need to pinpoint its origins in nature.

Not just Ebola: Drugs manufactured in tobacco plants being tested against array of diseases

NEW YORK — It’s an eye-catching angle in the story of an experimental treatment for Ebola: The drug comes from tobacco plants that were turned into living pharmaceutical factories.

Bizarre Wyoming cavern reveals ancient bones to paleontologists in first dig there in 30 years

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — North American lions, cheetahs and short-faced bears: Those are just a few fearsome critters from 25,000 years ago paleontologists already might have found in their first excavation of a bizarre northern Wyoming cave in 30 years.

Probe swings next to comet

DARMSTADT, Germany—Turning what seemed like a science fiction tale into reality, an unmanned probe swung alongside a comet yesterday after a four-billion mile chase through outer space over the course of a decade.

Science fiction becomes reality: Space probe swings alongside comet after 10-year chase

DARMSTADT, Germany — Turning what seemed like a science fiction tale into reality, an unmanned probe swung alongside a comet on Wednesday after a 4-billion mile (6.4-billion kilometre) chase through outer space over the course of a decade.

Scientists want bird-ogling public to observe puffins eating, help with research to save them

EASTERN EGG ROCK, Maine — Wanted: puffinologists. No experience necessary.
The Audubon Society wants bird lovers to contribute research to a project scientists hope will help save Atlantic puffins from starvation in Maine.

Museum rediscovers 6,500-year-old skeleton; rare specimen was buried in storage for decades

PHILADELPHIA — An archaeology museum in Philadelphia has made an extraordinary find — in its own storage rooms.
The University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Museum announced Tuesday that it had rediscovered a 6,500-year-old human skeleton originally excavated from southern Iraq around 1930.

US scientists create see-through mice to get detailed look at inner anatomy

NEW YORK — Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice, but you won’t find these critters scampering in your kitchen.
The transparent rodents aren’t alive and they’re for research only, to help scientists study fine details of anatomy.

New scientific expedition to study remains of thousands of ancient animals in Wyoming cave

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For the first time in more than 30 years, paleontologists are about to revisit one of North America’s most remarkable troves of late Pleistocene fossils: The bones of tens of thousands of animals piled at least 30 feet deep at the bottom of a sinkhole-type cave.

Report: Rising seas to bring historic floods on Carolinas coast; billions in property at stake

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A new analysis of sea level rise concludes that billions of dollars in property and infrastructure is at risk in extreme floods expected along the coast of the Carolinas in coming years.

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