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2014 Ebola Outbreak: Full Coverage of the Viral Epidemic
The 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the worst Ebola outbreak in history, and has implications for the world. Here is everything we know about the virus, and its spread, so far.
LiveScience.com, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:33:44 GMT

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Spacecraft Crashes During Test Flight
SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic's passenger spacecraft, experienced an 'anomaly' during its fourth rocket-powered test flight on Friday, Oct. 31. See the latest details here.
LiveScience.com, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:33:44 GMT

Lone Wolf May Be Roaming Grand Canyon National Park
A wayward gray wolf has been spotted several times this month around the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. It could be the first of its species to roam Arizona in 70 years.
LiveScience.com, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:33:44 GMT

Fun and games make for better learners
Four minutes of physical activity can improve behaviour in the classroom for primary school students, according to new research by Brendon Gurd.
Medical Xpress - spotlight medical and health news stories, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:10:50 GMT

Tau, not amyloid-beta, triggers neuronal death process in Alzheimer's
New research points to tau, not amyloid-beta (Abeta) plaque, as the seminal event that spurs neuron death in disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. The finding, which dramatically alters the prevailing theory of Alzheimer's development, also explains why some people with plaque build-up in their brains don't have dementia.
Medical Xpress - spotlight medical and health news stories, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:10:50 GMT

Drug tests on mothers' hair links recreational drug use to birth defects
Drug tests on 517 mothers in English inner city hospitals found that nearly 15% had taken recreational drugs during pregnancy and that mothers of babies with birth defects of the brain were significantly more likely to have taken drugs than mothers with normal babies. The study found no significant links between recreational drug use and any other type of birth defect.
Medical Xpress - spotlight medical and health news stories, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:10:50 GMT

Virgin spacecraft crash kills pilot
At least one person is dead and another injured after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism craft crashes in California.
BBC News - Science & Environment, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:34:05 GMT

Rockets 'destroy chemical weapons'
A team has developed micro-sized rockets, powered by seawater, that can neutralise chemical and biological weapons.
BBC News - Science & Environment, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:34:05 GMT

WW2 technology 'Plan B' for GPS
Technology developed during World War Two is to be used as a back-up for GPS in ports across England and Scotland.
BBC News - Science & Environment, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:34:05 GMT

Himalayan Viagra fuels caterpillar fungus gold rush
Overwhelmed by speculators trying to cash-in on a prized medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra, two isolated Tibetan communities have managed to do at the local level what world leaders often fail to do on a global scale -- implement a successful system for the sustainable harvest of a precious natural resource, suggests new research.
Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:34:05 GMT

New optimal screening threshold for gestational diabetes in twin pregnancies: Ideal 1-hour 50-g glucose challenge test cutoff ≥135 mg/dl
A common complication, gestational diabetes affects approximately 6-7% of pregnant women. Currently, screening is done in two steps to help identify patients most at risk; however, the suggested levels for additional testing were based on singleton pregnancy data. Now investigators have analyzed data from twin pregnancies and have determined that the optimal first step cutoff for additional screening appears to be a blood sugar level equal to or greater than 135 mg/dL for women carrying twins.
Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:34:05 GMT

They know the drill: Leading the league in boring through ice sheets
Hollow coring drills are used to extract ice cores that can analyze the past atmosphere. Scientists have now documented carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 23,000 and 9,000 years ago, based on data from an 11,000-foot hole in Antarctica.
Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:34:05 GMT

Strange, fanged deer re-appears in Afghanistan
An endangered deer with vampire-like fangs lives on in northeast Afghanistan, scientists report.
World Science, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:51:54 GMT

Why did dinos have feathers long before flight?
Display and communication may have spurred the initial evolution of feathers, a feature later passed down to birds.
World Science, Fri, 31 Oct 2014 23:51:54 GMT

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