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The Year in Ebola: How to stop the next outbreak

On Dec. 28, 2013, a 1-year-old boy named Emile Ouamouno died of Ebola in Meliandou, Guinea. After Emile died — he was the index case, or first recorded death, for this year’s catastrophic Ebola outbreak — so did 11 other people in his village, including his mother and sister. Meliandou sits near …

Ebola Toll Passes 20,000 Cases

Health news<p>More than 20,000 people have been diagnosed with Ebola virus and more than 7,800 have died of it, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization. It’s a new milestone in the ever-worsening Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, and it shows Sierra Leone has …

Ebola epidemic death toll passes 7,500 as virus spreads in Sierra Leone

On first anniversary of outbreak World Health Organisation reports 315 new cases in former British colony in a week

Why Lefties Make Less

They've been subtly discriminated against since biblical times, but modern data suggests a significant gap in earnings.<p>There’s a stereotype that left-handed people are clumsier, but that might have something to do with the fact that they live in a world of objects optimized for the right-handed: …

January 2015

Christmas trees from around the world - in pictures

From the traditional Norwegian Spruce in Trafalgar Square to the world’s largest digital Christmas Tree in Times Square here are just some of the festooned trees from around the world.

The 22 Most Expensive Homes Sold This Year

The most expensive home ever sold in the US hit the record books in 2014, and several famous properties changed hands.<p>From celebrity-owned estates in Los Angeles to sky-high mansions in Manhattan, here are the most expensive homes sold in the US in 2014.<p><i>*Thanks to our astute readers for pointing</i> …

Real Estate

Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>For a public library to expect to survive today, it must begin to take crucial cues from coffee shops. At least, that's the key recommendation offered by a much-anticipated report on British public libraries, which is …

Your Diamond Ring Might Explain the Origin of Life on Earth

A geochemist re-examines the deep carbon cycle<p>In 1958, the Smithsonian Institution received a plain paper package in the mail. The only hint of its contents was the insurance on the brown carton, registered for one million dollars. Nestled inside the box sat the largest known blue diamond in the …

An Interview with a Guy Who Lived Underwater for 31 Days for Science

Fabien Cousteau lived underwater for a month and built a robot shark to swim around in.<p>We all watched <i>The Little Mermaid</i> as kids and prayed that one day we'd sprout a tail and fins so we could join the magical world at the bottom of the ocean. In reality, for a human, spending extended periods of …

The Most Amazing Science And Technology Images Of The Year

We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure<p>Each week at <i>Popular Science</i>, the staff scours the web for the most amazing images from the realms of science and technology. We liked this year's weekly gallery images so much that we compiled our favorite visualizations, …

10 Mind-Blowing Hacks for Making Your Leftover Pizza Taste Better the Next Day

Three words: pizza grilled cheese.<p>Gone are your days of eating cold leftover pizza in your pajamas, leaning against your open refrigerator. Make pizza better the next day with these easy tricks.<p><b>1. Reheat cold pizza face down in a pan.</b> Slap your slice of pizza face down on a preheated skillet on …

Seth Meyers On Extra Buttery Chex Mix and Eating Like a Human

Funnyman Seth Meyers on his chimichanga nightmares.<p>NBC <i>Late Night</i> host and former <i>SNL</i> star Seth Meyers talks about office holiday parties—and eating like a human.<p><b>So what's New Year’s Eve like for you?</b> Well, a few years ago I got the chance to perform in Atlantic City. But in the end, it was too …

Comedy

How The Effects Of Trauma Can Be Passed Down From One Generation To The Next

Experiencing trauma early in childhood can lead to mental health problems in adolescence and adulthood, but mild to moderate trauma could also have an unexpected upside for some survivors, making them better able to cope with stressful situations later in life.<p>Previous research has shown that the …