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Great gerbils – not black rats – were chief cause of the great plague, study says

Researchers claim Black Death was imported from Asia over 400 years of the pandemic via native rodents such as great gerbils and marmots which harboured the plague bacteria<p>The gruesome waves of bubonic plague that began with the Black Death in medieval Europe and ended with the Great Plague of …

Scientists Ask If Ebola Could Be Silently Immunizing Some People While Killing Others

By Kate Kelland and Emma Farge<p>LONDON/DAKAR (Reuters) - A recent sharp drop in new Ebola infections in West Africa is prompting scientists to wonder whether the virus may be silently immunizing some people at the same time as brutally killing their neighbors.<p>So-called "asymptomatic" Ebola cases - in …

Ebola outbreak moves into endgame

With fewer than 100 cases of deadly virus reported in west Africa in last week, focus turns to contact-tracing<p>Fewer than 100 cases of Ebola have been reported in west Africa in the last week, according to the World Health Organisation, which says the outbreak has now effectively moved into the …

How to protect your credit card online

It pays to protect yourself when shopping online to avoid getting more than you bargained for.<p>With high-profile data breaches potentially affecting millions of people, here are some card-specific tips to keep in mind when virtually swiping your plastic.<p>The basics<p>Use a credit card. Debit cards often …

Why Singapore is building a new Indian city 10 times its own size

South-east Asia has an invigorating buzz about it. Economies are growing quickly, and Singapore was recently ranked as the best place in the world to do business. The UK comes in at number 21, below Malaysia, Austria and France.<p>The go-getting entrepreneurialism of Singapore has led its government …

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The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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A Notorious Nazi War Criminal Died in Syria Four Years Ago

A Nazi officer who was responsible for the deaths of over 128,000 Jews probably died in Syria four years ago, a leading Nazi hunter has …

Hong Kong protest leader Joshua Wong says hunger strike 'only way'

Hong Kong's teenage protest leader Joshua Wong has begun a hunger strike with two members of his youth activist group Scholarism in his latest attempt to secure talks with the government to demand democracy.<p>"I know it is really harmful to my body, however it is the only way to give pressure to the …

Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore but raising the alarm about water.<p>LAKE POWELL, Utah—In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off …

This App Will Reward You For Ignoring Your Phone In Social Situations

The app that temporally freezes handsets has won £15,000 in funding.

Shutting Down the Manta Trade

Human Journey<p><i>This article is brought to you by the</i> <i>International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP)</i><i>. Read our</i> <i>other articles</i> <i>on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world.</i><p>Text and photos by Paul Hilton, Fellow at the …

Q&A: Report Alleges Governments' Complicity in Tanzanian Elephant Poaching

Smugglers who dominate the illicit ivory trade from Africa to China said to use Zanzibar as their shipping port.<p><b>"The current situation for Tanzania's elephant population is dire in the extreme." So begins a new report, "Vanishing Point—Criminality, Corruption and the Devastation of Tanzania's</b> …

This is how your Gmail account got hacked

If your Gmail account got hacked, blame your friends.<p>You are 36 times more likely to get scammed if your contacts' accounts have been hacked, according to a study released this week by Google (GOOG).<p>It's rare. On an average day, only nine in 1 million accounts gets stolen. But when it happens, the …

Typhoon Haiyan: millions of lives still blighted one year on

A year after typhoon Haiyan devastated central areas of the Philippines, aid workers and officials are warning that millions of people are still living in temporary shelters and evacuation centres.<p>Haiyan, which is known locally as Yolanda and carried winds of 195mph, killed more than 6,000 people …