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MERS At One: The Deadly Virus Drizzle

We have the dubious privilege of observing a new disease in the midst of being born. The disease could go on to spread around the world, stall out as a minor, local blight, or disappear altogether. Scientists have been observing its emergence for a year now, and while they know more than they did …

Public Health

M81 versus M82

Here in the Milky Way galaxy we have astronomical front row seats as M81 and M82 face-off, a mere 12 million light-years away. Locked in a gravitational struggle for the past billion years or so, the two bright galaxies are captured in this deep telescopic snapshot, constructed from 25 hours of image data. Their most recent close encounter likely resulted in the enhanced spiral arms of M81 (left) and violent star forming regions in M82 so energetic the galaxy glows in X-rays. After repeated …

NASA's spaceship-finding, heartbeat-tracking radar could help find buried disaster victims

The radar NASA uses to explore planets or monitor the location of a spacecraft could also help first responders find survivors of hurricanes and earthquakes. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Department of Homeland Security have announced Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency …

John McCain not amused by Ted Cruz’s Nazi analogy

Ted Cruz compared his Republican detractors to Nazi appeasers. John McCain, a Cruz detractor, was not amused<p>Evidently Ted Cruz has either never heard of or doesn't give a bleep about Godwin's Law.<p>During his epically long not-technically-a-filibuster, the Texas Senator at one point implicitly …

Mean, Sexist Gorilla Gets Kicked Out Of Dallas Zoo

Patrick, a male gorilla with a history of not playing nice with others, is being moved to make room for the zoo's newest gorilla bachelors.<p>Patrick, a 23-year-old, 430-pound gorilla, has some struggles with the ladies. The western lowland gorilla, a resident of the Dallas Zoo for 18 years, has …

FYI: Is It Possible To Control Our Dreams?

Yes, but only with practice. The best place to start is right before bed. Deirdre Barrett, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of <i>The Committee of Sleep</i>, asked 76 college students to choose a problem (where to take a vacation; how to arrange their furniture) and focus on it …

Ancient Fish With Strong Jawline Could Rewrite History Of Faces

As faces go, <i>Entelognathus primordialis</i>isn't much to look at, even for a fish.<p>But consider that the 419 million-year-old, armor-plated fish is the earliest known creature to have what humans might recognize as a face, according to research published Wednesday in <i>Nature</i>. That's mostly due to its bony, …

We Were All Wrong About The America's Cup

It's as riveting to watch as any Nascar or Daytona 500<p><b>UPDATE: Oracle Team USA won!</b><p><b>Another day, another 60,000 people angry at Larry Ellison.</b> The billionaire tech mogul made a choice: ditch a huge Oracle conference in order to watch The America's Cup. Why did he do that? Because he knows something …

Sailing

Cory Booker’s next moment of liberal reckoning

Will the Senate hopeful sign a bill mandating that employers offer sick leave — or will he bow to big business?<p>On Oct. 16, Newark Mayor and potential presidential aspirant Cory Booker is strongly favored to be elected New Jersey’s next senator. The next day, advocates expect Newark’s city council …

As Ted Cruz Talks, Obamacare Sells For $328 A Month

The Obama administration unveiled premiums that will be $328 a month on average for individuals who purchase health insurance on marketplaces known as exchanges that will debut in less than a week under the Affordable Care Act.<p>U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius …

Samsung to introduce 'curved display smartphone' in October

At an event today in Seoul, Korea dedicated mainly to showing off the Galaxy Gear and Galaxy Note 3, Samsung executives said that the company plans to "introduce a curved display smartphone in October," but declined to give any further details — including price, exact release date, or even what …

Jeff Bezos Says Amazon Just Getting Started in Tablets, Stays Mum on Phone Plans

Jeff Bezos said there is plenty of work to be done to make tablets better, but is circumspect when it comes to whether Amazon sees room for itself in …

eCommerce

Schmidt rants against GOP 'asininity'

John McCain’s former senior adviser Steve Schmidt says he has “deep regret” for helping to create a “freak show” wing of the Republican Party when he had a hand in bringing former McCain running mate Sarah Palin to the national stage.<p>Schmidt said Monday on MSNBC’s “Hardball” that it’s time for the …

Woman miraculously survives after her car is flattened by giant container

Rescuers were astonished to pull the driver of this car alive from the wreckage.<p>She lay trapped for half an hour in the flattened Nissan, with …

Stanford scientists create world's first carbon nanotube computer

Computers of the future could be even smaller, faster, and more efficient — all by doing away with the very material that currently comprises their core.<p>In a finding that builds on earlier work from several institutions, including IBM, a team of electrical engineers at Stanford University today …

Engineering

Paul Oliver dead at 29 after reported suicide

Former Chargers and Georgia Bulldogs safety Paul Oliver died by suicide this week, according to reports.<p>Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver has died by suicide, according to Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune. He was 29 years old.<p>Oliver spent his college career at the University of Georgia. …