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What Next For The Ebola Outbreak? Here's What The Math Says

Everyone's talking about Ebola--and no wonder, now that the deadly disease has been diagnosed in the U.S. for the first time ever.<p>Will the mini-outbreak in Dallas be contained, as public health officials keep reassuring us?<p>The short answer is "yes," Dr. Lauren Ancel Meyers, a professor of …

Virgin Galactic 'On the Verge' of Private Space Launches, Richard Branson Says

One decade after a huge milestone in commercial spaceflight, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson thinks his spaceflight company Virgin Galactic's …

Weird Crystal Can Absorb All The Oxygen In A Room -- And Then Release It Later

This could potentially make fuel cells, space travel, and scuba diving a lot more efficient.<p>Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark say they’ve invented a crystal that pulls oxygen out of the air and even water. Apparently, just a spoonful of the stuff can suck up all the oxygen in a …

Scuba Diving

Blood moon returns early Wednesday, and this time it's bigger

We want to see your shots of the blood moon! Share your best photos with iReport, and you could be featured on CNN.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Blood moon, Act II, opens soon in the heavens near you. And it will be bigger than Act I.<p>If you live in the western half of the United States, you'll have a front-row seat on a …

Bacteria in space could help create new vaccines - CNN.com

One challenge for astronauts is keeping well nourished and free of infection, especially on long-duration manned missions.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Staying healthy in space<p>Life support<p>Breeding bacteria<p>Spirulina<p>Super germs<p>Space Salmonella<p>Super food?<p><i>Editor's note: Since originally publishing this story, we have</i> …

Robotic octopus swims like the real thing

Using eight flexible legs and a soft web, a robotic octopus can scull through the water like its cephalopod inspiration.<p>Robot locomotion has various solutions for land, including tracks, wheels, bipedal and quadrupedal -- some of which are purely vehicular, and some of which are inspired by animals …

Robotics

Bizarre sphere fossils could be among world's earliest animals

A series of mysterious spherical fossils found in southern China may be remnants of some of the world's earliest animals.<p>A new study finds that these controversial fossils are not likely to be bacteria or single-celled protists; their cells, preserved for more than 600 million years in rock, are …

A World With 11 Billion People? New Population Projections Shatter Earlier Estimates

Dueling projections of population growth present different visions of the world's future.<p><b>Warning: The 21st century may get a lot more crowded than previously thought.</b><p>In a paper published Thursday in <i>Science</i>, demographers from several universities and the United Nations Population Division conclude …

The Week In Drones: Robots Piloting Robots, Indiana Drones, And More

Keeping up with the droneses<p>Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.<p><b>Robot Pilots</b><p>Most drones are actually human-piloted, with the controls elsewhere and the pilot steering remotely. In this video, the …

Drones

Egyptian Scuba Diver Ahmed Gabr Plunges 1,066 Feet to Set World Record

CAIRO – An Egyptian scuba diver set a new world record Friday when he reached a depth of more than 1,000 feet — about the height of New York’s Chrysler Building. Ahmed Gabr, a retired military officer, said he felt "unbelievable" when he emerged from the Red Sea. Gabr was met by a Guinness World …

Scuba Diving

"Da Gou", China's Own Big Dog Robot

Two years ago, Boston Dynamic's four legged Big Dog robot was recruited as the U.S. Army's Legged Squad Support System (LS3) tech demonstrator. But in the meantime, China has not been standing still in the field of bionic robots. At a late August expo on unmanned technologies, NORINCO provided the …

Robotics

Bacteria in our gut may influence both our physical and mental health

If bacteria in your gut can affect your health, can they affect your brain, too?<p>Researchers are finding more and more evidence that the trillions of bacteria contained in our gut are sending signals to the brain and influencing behavior and cognitive functioning.<p>People in the fields of appetite and …

Scientists use E.coli bacteria to create fossil fuel alternative | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - British and Finnish scientists have found a way of generating renewable propane using a bacterium widely found in the human intestine and say the finding is a step to commercial production of a fuel that could one day be an alternative to fossil fuel reserves.<p>A specialist looks …

No, Your IQ is Not Fixed for Life (Op-Ed)

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science's</i> Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Hubble captures breathtaking picture of dark and light nebulae

Hubble has captured a stunning photo of a baby star in close proximity to both a light nebula and a dark nebula overlapping.<p>This photo might not be the most spectacular of the nebula photos take by the Hubble telescope over the years, but there is a lot more going on than a first glance by an …

Cosmology

See the gorgeous luxury submarine made by a former James Bond villain

It turns out that James Cameron is far from the only wealthy individual who likes exploring the oceans. For the past 18 years, a company called DeepFlight has specialized in creating high-end, recreational submarines for well-off aquatic adventurers. As the company proudly notes on its website: …

Here's What Scientists Discovered When They Conducted A Rigorous Study Of Pizza Cheese

Nobody can ever seem to agree on which pizza is the best, so a team of scientists decided to call in an unbiased pizza-evaluation algorithm to determine how to compose a winning pie.<p>While a fair assessment of pizza quality — a pressing concern in certain food circles — would require considering …

Butterflies, beetles and banknotes: tuning colour efficiently

In the South American rainforests, a blue flash of colour visible from hundreds of metres away is likely to signify the presence of one of the <i>Morpho</i> genus of butterflies. Although the colours of many animals arise from pigmentation, for <i>Morpho</i> and a range of other insects (including iridescent …

Ready for this jelly? Strange sea creatures invade West Coast beaches

Thousands of strange sea creatures are washing ashore on California beaches, puzzling tourists and thrilling scientists quick to explain the phenomenon.<p>"The scientific name is Velella velella," said David Bader, director of education at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. …

Stem cell research gets huge boost from Australian zebrafish discovery

Australian researchers studying zebrafish have made one of the most significant ever discoveries in stem cell research.<p>They have uncovered the mystery of how a critical type of stem cell found in blood and bone marrow, and essential to replenishing the body’s supply of blood and immune cells, is …

New Flying Reptile Found in "Unprecedented" Pterosaur Boneyard

Forty-seven pterosaur skeletons unearthed at Brazilian site, study says.<p>Nearly 50 skeletons of a new species of ancient flying reptile have been unearthed in southern Brazil, an "absolutely unprecedented" discovery, one expert says.<p>Varying ages of the newfound species, dubbed <i>Caiuajara dobruskii</i>, …

NASA Sees Black Hole Bend Light

NASA's black-hole hunting telescope has captured a cosmic battle between dark and light.<p>NuSTAR, formally known as the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, has observed a supermassive black hole's gravity tugging on X-ray light that's being emitted near that black hole.<p>That light is getting …