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West Africa battles Ebola; traveler confined in Canada

Mar 25, 2014

West Africa battles Ebola; traveler confined in Canada

Health officials in Guinea battled to contain West Africa’s first outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus as neighboring Liberia reported its first suspected victims and a traveler returning to Canada was hospitalized with suspicious symptoms. At least 59 people are known to have died ...

Mar 24, 2014

TB strikes down million children each year: study

About a million children, double the previous estimate, fall ill with tuberculosis every year, according to a study that also gave the first tally of drug-resistant TB among the young. “Many cases of tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis disease are not being detected in children,” ...

Huge pharaonic statues unveiled in Egyptian temple city

Mar 24, 2014

Huge pharaonic statues unveiled in Egyptian temple city

Archaeologists on Sunday unveiled two colossal statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III in Egypt’s famed temple city of Luxor, adding to an existing pair of world-renowned tourist attractions. The two monoliths in red quartzite were raised at what European and Egyptian archaeologists said were their ...

Gravitational waves carry clues on big bang

Mar 23, 2014

Gravitational waves carry clues on big bang

by Ian Sample

The sighting came from a small telescope on the roof of a laboratory sitting on the ice sheet three-quarters of a mile (1.3 kilometers) from the geographic South Pole. First came the rumors. But then researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics went public. ...

Mar 23, 2014

Gut bacteria study may help cancer sufferers

Researchers have launched a pioneering study aimed at finding ways to type individuals according to the bacteria in their guts. The aim is to discover if some people’s microbial makeup makes them more susceptible to the side effects of radiotherapy for bowel, prostate and ...

Mar 23, 2014

Pythons have built-in compass

The Burmese python has a built-in compass that allows it to slither home in a near-straight line, even if released dozens of kilometers away, researchers say. Capable of growing over 5 meters (16 feet) long, pythons are among the world’s largest snakes. Although native ...

NASA moon camera snapped up

Mar 23, 2014

NASA moon camera snapped up

The only camera ever to return from NASA’s moon missions was sold at an auction in Vienna Saturday for €550,000 ($760,000), far exceeding its estimated price. The boxy silver Hasselblad was one of 14 cameras sent to the moon as part of NASA’s Apollo ...

Mar 23, 2014

Ebola epidemic confirmed in Guinea

As the death toll rose to 59, Guinea identified the Ebola virus Saturday as the source of a highly contagious epidemic raging through its southern forests. Experts in the West African nation had been unable to identify the disease, whose symptoms — diarrhea, vomiting ...