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Biggest dinosaur predator also the weirdest

The biggest dinosaur predator that ever stalked the Earth was also the weirdest. Scientists announced on Thursday the discovery in Moroccan desert cliffs of new fossil remains of Spinosaurus aegyptiacus, a 15-meter-long, 7-ton African monster that breaks the mold for how a dinosaur predator looked and behaved. It was roughly ...

Sep 19, 2014

Two Ebola vaccines to be tested in Switzerland

Clinical trials of two experimental vaccines against the deadly Ebola virus are due to begin soon in Switzerland, the country’s Tropical and Public Health Institute said on Thursday. “Switzerland is playing a central role in the clinical trials of two vaccines against Ebola,” Marcel ...

Security Council resolution: Ebola threatens world peace

Sep 19, 2014

Security Council resolution: Ebola threatens world peace

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday adopted a resolution declaring the Ebola outbreak a threat to world peace and security, and calling on countries to provide urgent aid. The resolution was adopted unanimously after U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the number of Ebola ...

Sep 19, 2014

Malta turns away ship with suspected Ebola case on board

Malta has turned away a ship travelling from Guinea with a suspected Ebola case on board and seeking medical assistance, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Thursday. The sick Filippino passenger was taken in by Italy, and an initial medical assessment suggested he has hepatitis, ...

Sep 18, 2014

Ebola unlikely to become airborne: U.S. scientist

It is unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air, and the best way to make sure it doesn’t is to stop the epidemic, a top U.S. government scientist told concerned lawmakers Wednesday. “A virus that doesn’t replicate, doesn’t mutate,” Dr. Anthony ...

NASA's Maven spacecraft to arrive at Mars this weekend

Sep 18, 2014

NASA's Maven spacecraft to arrive at Mars this weekend

Mars, get ready for another visitor or two. This weekend, NASA’s Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles (711 million kilometers). If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into Martian ...

Chimps are natural-born killers, say scientists

Sep 18, 2014

Chimps are natural-born killers, say scientists

Chimpanzees can be lethally violent to each other, and a study released Wednesday says this stems from an inherent streak and not, as some have suggested, from human interference. Zoologists, led by the famed Jane Goodall, have speculated for years on the causes of ...

Sep 18, 2014

France to receive first Ebola patient

France on Wednesday prepared to receive its first Ebola patient, as the World Bank warned the spiralling epidemic is threatening economic catastrophe in West Africa. Doctors Without Borders, known by its French acronym MSF, said a female volunteer had contracted the killer virus while ...

Artificial sweeteners seen boosting diabetes risk

Sep 18, 2014

Artificial sweeteners seen boosting diabetes risk

Promoted as an aid to good health, artificial sweeteners may in fact be boosting diabetes risk, said a study Wednesday that urged a rethink of their widespread use and endorsement. Also called noncalorific artificial sweeteners, or NAS, the additives are found in diet sodas, ...