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As Ebola Cases Spike, WHO Asks For More Money And Help

The world's largest Ebola outbreak continues to surge at a troubling rate. The number of cases has climbed by nearly 20 percent in the past week, the World Health Organization said Tuesday.<p>At least 759 people have caught the hemorrhagic fever and 467 of those have died in three West African …

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13 Scientific Terms Even Smart People Misuse

When scientists use these words, they typically mean something completely different than what they do when non-scientists use them. Sometimes our …

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Washing Dollar Bills With Carbon Dioxide Could Save Billions

Now that's what you call "real" money laundering.<p>Nothing is better than a crisp, brand new George Washington bill that a vending machine gobbles up. And nothing is more frustrating than trying to flatten out an old, grimy, torn-up one dollar bill that a vending machine refuses to take. Thankfully, …

Perseids meteor shower and supermoon offer divine heavenly show

Astronomers and amateur skywatchers excited as perigee moon and comet Swift-Tuttle appear together for dazzling skies<p>Supermoon lights up skies around the world – in pictures Share your pictures of the supermoon with GuardianWitness<p>A dramatic supermoon is set to accompany this year's Perseid meteor …

A Night Sky Matchup: Supermoon Vs. Meteors

This year's Perseid meteor shower may be hard to see because it coincides with a so-called supermoon. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Caltech professor Mike Brown about the dueling celestial events.<p>Transcript<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:<p>You're listening to WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. This summer, …

Our Solar System Coalesced From Giant Dust Cloud, Scientists Say

Astronomers have traced the growth of Earth's solar system back to its cosmic womb, before the sun and planets were born.<p>The solar system coalesced from a huge cloud of dust and gas that was isolated from the rest of the Milky Way galaxy for up to 30 million years before the sun's birth nearly 4.6 …

These Reinvented Urban Farms Grow Algae, Not Kale

If we’re serious about tackling the sustainability challenges that cities face, the urban bucolic vision is going to have to mean more than hipster vegetables.<p>Think of urban farming, and you might picture a rooftop vegetable garden. But designers from EcoLogicStudio in London think that cities …

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To Clean Up Oil Spills, Magnetize The Oil First

Physicist Arden Warner's new process uses magnetism instead of toxic chemicals to mop up oil spills<p>By day Arden Warner is a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, working on the next generation of particle accelerators. After hours, he has been devising a non-toxic way to clean up …

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