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World lost 'precious time' in Ebola fight: EU

Sep 16, 2014

World lost 'precious time' in Ebola fight: EU

The European Union urged the international community Monday to make up for “precious time” lost in the response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, calling for more contributions to fight the crisis. The worst-ever Ebola contagion has killed more than 2,400 people ...

Sep 15, 2014

Scientists unveil magnetic cure for bad blood

Scientists said Sunday they had invented a device that uses a magnet to extract bacteria, fungi and toxins from blood, potentially throwing a lifeline to patients with sepsis and other infections. The external gadget — tested so far in rats but not yet humans ...

Fourth Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola

Sep 15, 2014

Fourth Sierra Leonean doctor dies from Ebola

A fourth Sierra Leonean doctor, a woman, died Sunday after contracting the dreaded Ebola virus, the country’s chief medical officer told AFP. Doctor Olive Buck, who was in charge of Lumley Government Hospital in the capital’s west end, tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday ...

Sep 13, 2014

Double mastectomy doesn't boost survival rates

by Lindsey Tanner

Removing both breasts to treat cancer affecting only one side doesn’t boost survival chances for most women, compared with surgery that removes just the tumor, a large study suggests. The results raise concerns about riskier, potentially unnecessary operations that increasing numbers of women are ...

Solar storm arrives at Earth, but is not a problem

Sep 13, 2014

Solar storm arrives at Earth, but is not a problem

A solar storm zapped Earth on Friday, but it was causing few, if any, problems. It may allow more people to see the colorful northern lights. Space Weather Prediction Center forecaster Chris Smith said the storm left the sun on Wednesday and first arrived ...

Sep 12, 2014

Ancient Greek tomb dig uncovers marble statues

Archaeologists inching through a large 2,300-year-old tomb in northern Greece on Thursday uncovered two marble female statues flanking the entrance to one of three underground chambers, in another sign of the unusual attention and expense lavished on the unknown person buried there. The dig ...

Sep 12, 2014

Virgin Galactic again pushes back first space tourism flight

Virgin Galactic has again pushed back its time line for launching space-tourism flights from southern New Mexico’s Spaceport America. Virgin owner and British billionaire Richard Branson told David Letterman this week that he hopes to board the first flight early next year. The company ...

Sep 12, 2014

Warmer air caused ice shelf collapse off Antarctica

Warmer air triggered the collapse of a huge ice shelf off Antarctica in 2002, according to a report on Thursday that may help scientists predict future break-ups around the frozen continent. Antarctica is a key to sea level rise, which threatens coastal areas around ...

Sep 12, 2014

Double solar storms headed Earth's way

A rare double burst of magnetically charged solar storms was forecast to hit Earth on Thursday night and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, officials said. Individually, the storms, known as coronal mass ejections (CME), wouldn’t ...