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Emergency Fund Will Bankroll Ebola Research To Help In The Current Outbreak

Applications are due in two weeks. Results are due in two months.<p>Public and private donors in the U.K. have launched an emergency fund for researchers studying Ebola. They want a quick turnaround time for the research they bankroll. Applications for the fund are due September 8 and funders are …

Disease

Better Know A Plague: Palmer Amaranth

If you’ve seen headlines in the agriculture news lately—or even mainstream sources like the New York Times and local papers—you may have seen that “superweeds” are taking over American farmland. The superweed du jour is palmar amaranth, aka pigweed or carelessweed. But what is it? Why is it …

Google Testing Its Self-Driving Cars In A Complete Virtual "Matrix California"

They must have taken the red pill.<p>The idea of sharing the road with one of Google’s autonomous cars can be a bit unnerving. What if one of them malfunctions mid-drive and turns right into the middle of a busy intersection? Plus, who do you get to yell at if one cuts you off?<p>Well, in order to …

Autonomous Cars

At Iceland volcano, a white plume rises from the lava fountains

Observers around the world are watching the Bárðarbunga volcano in Iceland. Read about four likely scenarios for what might happen next.<p>UPDATE …

How Deep Underwater Can a Human Really Travel?

Put on your helmet and fill up your oxygen tank. We're going for a dive.<p>Exactly how deep can a human being travel underwater using current technology?<p>The deepest point ever reached by man is 35,858 feet below the surface of the ocean, which happens to be as deep as water gets on earth. To go …

Longest lunar month of 2014 starts on August 25

The longest lunar month of 2014 starts with the August 25 new moon and ends September 24. All you need to know about the varying lengths of the lunar …

Astronomy

Can This Mineral Power The Planet?

It may soon be time to say "so long" to silicon solar panels.<p>Solar panels are cheaper than ever before, thanks to government subsidies and a flooded market. But they’re not yet affordable enough to eclipse traditional energy sources. Enter perovskites: crystalline minerals that may emerge as the …

Clean Energy

Mysterious, Giant Half-Mile-Long Crack Splits Ground In Mexico

Scientists in Mexico are puzzling over a giant fissure that has split the ground in the northern part of the country.<p>The crack, which runs for nearly two-thirds of a mile, measures close to 30 feet deep and is just more than 15 feet across at its widest spot. Locals found the geographical oddity …

EBOLA: What West Africa Can Learn From Winnebago County, Wisconsin

There is no question the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is one of the greatest epidemics seen in modern times. The epidemic has spread to four countries and has accounted for over 1,000 deaths with no signs of slowing down. The situation appears to be dire as a lack of resources, overburdened health …

Disease

NASA's Mars Rover Curiosity Stalled By 'Hidden Valley' Sand

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity may have to choose a new route to the base of a huge Red Planet mountain.<p>The 1-ton Curiosity rover had been heading for Mount Sharp — a 3.4-mile-high (5.5 kilometers) mountain in the center of Mars' Gale Crater — via "Hidden Valley," a sandy swale that's about the length …

Why movie dinosaurs are nothing like the real thing

Movie dinosaurs are almost as old as cinema itself. But our big screen version of these prehistoric beasts may be very wide of the mark, argues Quentin Cooper.<p>The documentary Dinosaur 13 may be the most accurate film about dinosaurs ever made. It’s also among the most moving, telling how fossil …

Mars big as the moon on August 27?

This hoax must be circulating, since it does every year, and since this subject is in the top 10 most-searched-for at EarthSky this week. Is it true? …

When NASA Launched Stardust, They Had No Way To Retrieve Its Samples

This space probe has a dirty little secret.<p>On August 14, researchers from University California, Berkeley, announced an amazing discovery from NASA’s Stardust probe: During its deep space voyage, the ship had captured seven tiny pieces of interstellar rocks, making them the first confirmed samples …

This could explain why older adults can’t stay sleep

A loss of neurons in a part of the brain that serves as an on/off switch for sleep may explain why so many older adults suffer from insomnia.<p>“In many …

Researchers Create Camouflage Tech Modeled After Octopus Skin

A group of researchers created camouflage tech inspired by octopuses, cephalopods that can change the color of their skin depending on their …