Steven McCament

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Hell in the Hot Zone

As the Ebola epidemic rages, two questions have emerged: How did the deadly virus escape detection for three months? And why has a massive international effort failed to contain it? Traveling to Meliandou, a remote Guinean village and the likely home of Patient Zero, Jeffrey E. Stern tracks the …

Newly found asteroid to pass close to Earth on Sunday

A newly discovered asteroid will pass "very close" to Earth on Sunday, NASA says.<p>The space rock is estimated to be 60 feet (18 meters) long. It's expected to fly over New Zealand about 2:18 p.m. EDT (11:18 a.m. PDT / 18:18 UTC.)<p>It won't hit Earth or any of the thousands of satellites orbiting the …

Near-Earth Object To Come 25,000 Miles Close

An asteroid named Pitbull will barely miss Earth on Sunday. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Paul Cox of the citizen astronomer group Slooh about why it's so difficult to keep track of these space rocks.<p>Transcript<p>LYNN NEARY, HOST:<p>At 2:18 this afternoon, Eastern Time, an asteroid nicknamed Pitbull will zip …

Abbas threatens to end Hamas unity deal

Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to break off a unity agreement with Hamas if the movement does not allow the government to operate properly in the Gaza Strip.<p>Speaking in Cairo ahead of an Arab League foreign ministers' meeting, the Palestinian president accused Hamas of running a shadow government and …

Not A Natural? Obama Says Political Theater Not His Strength

President Barack Obama, once mocked by his political opponents as “the biggest celebrity in the world,” told NBC’s Chuck Todd that the theater of the presidency is “not something that always comes naturally to me.”<p>Pressed by Todd about his decision to play golf shortly after a Martha’s Vineyard …

How A Founder Turned Half His Team Into Millionaires During A $100 Million Sale (Even Though Their Stock Hadn't Vested)

Wiley Cerilli dropped in and out of college five times and never graduated. His first Manhattan apartment was modest with a blow-up mattress for a bed that frequently popped when he'd lie on it.<p>Now, he's 34 and a multimillionaire. In 2012, he sold his 2-year-old company, SinglePlatform, for $100 …

Arabs vow to confront Islamic State, cooperate with international efforts

CAIRO (Reuters) - Arab League foreign ministers agreed on Sunday to take all necessary measures to confront Islamic State and cooperate with international, regional and national efforts to combat militants who have overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria.<p>Foreign ministers of the Arab League take part in …

Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

When I was a boy I had a globe. I could take it in my hands, rest it on my lap, give it a spin and look down on Africa, Europe, North America and Asia spinning by.<p>In 1961 (I was 13), cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin left the planet and got high enough to look down on the real Earth spinning beneath him. He …

Try It Now

10 least expensive states to live in the U.S.

How important is your location to you? When searching for a place to live, generally each person (or family) has something at the very top of their priorities list, which is the single most important factor for them in choosing a home. For many people, this factor is location.<p>Golan's Moving and …

Off-the-grid texting device GoTenna attracts antisurveillance crowd

"If you're solving a problem that is real to them, they're going to come out of the woodwork."<p>Daniela Perdomo, GoTenna CEO

Snowden asks hackers to protect whistleblowers

Two of America's most famous government whistleblowers made a plea to hackers: Help future insiders secretly expose wrongdoing.<p>Daniel Ellsberg, who famously released the Pentagon Papers, and former NSA contractor Edward Snowden spoke to a packed crowd of computer experts on Saturday at the Hackers …

Fly-inspired tech could find use in better hearing aids

When it comes to animals with good hearing, flies might not be the first one you'd think of. The <i>Ormia ochracea</i> fly, however, has a unique hearing …

Physics

Bunch O Balloons fills water bombs in bulk

In the winter it's snowballs, and in the summer it's water bombs. Clearly whatever time of year it may be, kids will find something to throw at each …

Snorkeling

Elytron 2S: The out-of-the-box tiltrotor concept

Airplanes and helicopters do well in their respective aeronautical niches. Airplanes can fly high, fast, far, and carry heavy loads, while …

Heimplanet's latest inflatable tent withstands 112 mph winds

One question mark when it comes to inflatable tent design is how well air-filled poles can compare to traditional aluminum/fiberglass/carbon fiber …

Carbon Fiber

Cyberith's Virtualizer brings running, jumping ... and sitting to virtual reality

Cyberith's Virtualizer has been designed to be compatible with various head-mounted displays, such as Oculus Rift goggles, along with various gaming …

Beyond the car: Ultra-fast, ultra-efficient motoring with the Acabion Da Vinci

When we first heard from Acabion in 2007, excitement and expectations were high. The small Swiss company had produced a prototype of a …

Washing Machines

Scientists grow fully-functioning organ inside a mouse from scratch

Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have grown a fully-functional organ inside a mouse; opening the possibility of one day manufacturing …

Immune System

Robotic raptors look and fly like the real thing

Dubbed "Robirds," these flying raptor creations are the brainchild of Nico Nijenhuis from Clear Flight Solutions. The remotely controlled, realistic …

Nanoparticle coating cleans cashmere with light

Cashmere is a fine quality wool whose delicate nature generally means a trip to the dry cleaner is required to deal with any stains on an article of …

DeOrbiter microsatellite could put wayard satellites back on track

On August 22, two Galileo satellites were launched atop a Russian Soyuz rocket from the European spaceport in French Guiana. Part of the European …

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation found to boost memory

Failing memory is one of the (many) drawbacks of old age, but can also impact younger people suffering stroke, early-stage Alzheimer's disease, …

The Brain

Fourteen-year-old develops DIY tablet kits to educate and inspire

Less than one year ago, 14-year-old Taj Pabari was like any other kid, toiling away on a 3D printer at school (ok, maybe not quite like <i>any</i> other …

Gear & Gadgets

Battery-less device powers a pacemaker using heartbeats

Although cardiac pacemakers have saved countless lives, they do have at least one shortcoming – like other electronic devices, their batteries wear …