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Liberia chasing Ebola now, not other way around: president

Nov 25, 2014

Liberia chasing Ebola now, not other way around: president

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday hailed Liberians’ efforts in fighting the country’s worst-ever haemorrhagic fever outbreak, telling them: “Ebola was chasing us, today we are chasing Ebola.” The head-of-state has welcomed a dramatic drop in new cases of the virus, which has killed ...

Nov 23, 2014

Can robots help us stop Ebola virus?

The U.S. military has enlisted a new germ-killing weapon in the fight against Ebola: a four-wheeled robot that can disinfect a room in minutes with pulses of ultraviolet light. Resembling a taller, skinnier version of R2D2 from “Star Wars,” the robots are operating at ...

Nov 23, 2014

New strain of bird flu found in goose in Germany

A worrying new strain of bird flu has been observed for the first time in a wild bird in northern Germany, the Agriculture Ministry said Saturday. The goose with the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain was identified in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and was ...

Nov 23, 2014

Paintings discovered at Greece's biggest ancient tomb

Paintings of daily life have been discovered on columns at Greece’s biggest ancient tomb at Amphipolis in the northern region of Macedonia, the Greek culture ministry said Saturday. “After cleaning the columns, images of people, objects and utensils were uncovered,” Culture Minister Kostas Tassoulas ...

Nov 22, 2014

Climate change to increase U.S. lightning strikes

Lightning has the power to spark wildfires and kill, and scientists recently said that climate change may lead to 50 percent more of it by century’s end. The report in the U.S. journal Science is based on measurements of precipitation and cloud buoyancy, applied ...

Nov 21, 2014

Astronauts to get 'ISSpresso' coffee machine

Ristretto or lungo? Not a question astronauts on the International Space Station normally have to contemplate, but that is about to change thanks to a new zero-gravity coffee machine being delivered this weekend. The ISSpresso machine is set to boldly go to the orbital ...

Nov 21, 2014

Uganda suspends wildlife chief after huge ivory theft

Uganda’s top wildlife official was suspended Thursday after seized ivory worth over a million dollars vanished from government strongrooms, state-run media said. The suspension of Andrew Seguya as executive director of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) follows that of five other top officials earlier ...

Nov 21, 2014

Most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics, U.S. study finds

Contrary to popular opinion, only 10 percent of U.S. adults who drink too much are alcoholics, according to a federal study released on Thursday, a finding that could have implications for reducing consumption of beer, wine and liquor. While many people think that most, ...