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Aug 28, 2014

NASA says new heavy-lift rocket debut not likely until 2018

NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket, designed to fly astronauts to the moon, asteroids and eventually Mars, likely will not have its debut test flight until November 2018, nearly a year later than previous estimates, agency officials said on Wednesday. NASA is 70 percent confident of ...

Aug 28, 2014

Baby may have infected Briton with deadly Ebola virus

A British nurse infected with Ebola may have caught the deadly virus after playing with a 1-year-old boy whose mother died in a treatment center but who himself had initially tested negative for the disease, a medical colleague said. William Pooley, 29, the first ...

Invasive Asian insect threatens U.S. citrus

| Aug 28, 2014

Invasive Asian insect threatens U.S. citrus

by Tamara Lush

Once, emerald-green trees bursting with citrus carpeted more than half of Florida, from the northern reaches of Jacksonville and the parks of Orlando to the Miami coastline. Oranges, especially, have long been synonymous with the magic of Florida. Advertisements tout orange juice as a ...

Aug 27, 2014

U.N. report issues stark warning on future of climate change

Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it is increasingly likely to be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says. The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Monday sent governments a final draft of its ...

For some Thai farmers, insects become cash crop

Aug 26, 2014

For some Thai farmers, insects become cash crop

Depending solely on the rains to either yield a good rice crop or leave their fields dry and barren, farmers in this village in northeastern Thailand, the country’s poorest region, led a precarious and back-breaking existence. And then they discovered bugs. At Boontham Puthachat’s ...

Ebola fight needs $430 million to end outbreak: WHO

Aug 26, 2014

Ebola fight needs $430 million to end outbreak: WHO

More than $430 million will be needed to bring the worst Ebola outbreak on record under control, according to a draft document laying out the World Health Organization’s battle strategy. The plan sets a goal of reversing the trend in new cases within two ...