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Pictures of the Week 5.15.14

George R.R. Martin Has a Detailed Plan For Keeping the Game of Thrones TV Show From Catching Up To Him

George R.R. Martin is perfectly aware that the <i>Game of Thrones</i> TV series may be moving faster than he can write the new books. Two volumes away from completing his seven-book series, Martin has met with the show’s creators, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, to talk about the speed with which they’re …

Ducks were bird flu 'melting pot'

<b>Ducks were the melting pot of viruses that led to the new bird flu emerging in China early this year, according to Chinese scientists tracking the evolution of the virus.</b><p>Ducks picked up viruses from migrating birds and passed them onto chickens.<p>The study, published in the journal Nature, showed …

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Saudi and Qatar report more MERS virus deaths

Meanwhile, a Qatari man has also died from the virus, becoming the second fatality from the SARS-like virus to be recorded in the Gulf state, a health authority said on Saturday.<p>The man died on Friday after he showed symptoms of the coronavirus on August 17, Qatar's Supreme Council of Health said, …

CDC reports on U.S. vaccination rates, recent measles outbreaks

Overall, young children in the U.S. maintained high vaccination rates in 2012, officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.<p>But researchers also said there were 159 reported cases of measles between Jan. 1 and Aug. 24 this year — a higher number than usual — and …

Big Measles Outbreaks Worry Federal Health Officials

Federal health officials are worried about an unusually high number of measles cases occurring in the United States this year.<p>There have been at least eight outbreaks so far this year involving 159 cases, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday in its Morbidity and …

CDC Looks Toward Climate Change in Brain-Eating Amoeba Cases

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are investigating whether climate change could allow for the presence of the brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria Fowleri, in locations it has not previously threatened.<p>Naegleria Fowleri survives in warm, fresh water and infects people when …

Arab revolutions: Ignoring a potential catastrophe | US & Canada

Recent conflicts in Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, and elsewhere in the Middle East may have sufficiently destabilised national and international public health control measures to a point where several tropical diseases have either emerged and are sickening large populations …

Royal Caribbean Cruise Illnesses Tied To New Scourge, CDC Says

The gut bug that cut short a Royal Caribbean cruise last week and sickened nearly 700 passengers and crew is a new strain of norovirus that has become something of a scourge of the seas — and everywhere else.<p>Federal health officials on Thursday confirmed that the norovirus that infected passengers …

T-Mobile adds over a million customers but losses widen

T-Mobile is capping off the first calendar year of its Uncarrier strategy with a quarter of more customer additions than it's seen in years. The carrier says in its Q4 2013 results that it now serves 46.7 million customers, an increase of over 13 million year-over-year. This quarter alone it saw …

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The real New Atheism: Rejecting religion for a just world

Hitchens didn’t think rejecting religion would solve everything. But he knew only reason would give us justice<p>The ever-polemical atheist author Christopher Hitchens died two years ago this month, yet his incisive, erudite diatribes against religion continue to rile the faithful and spark debate. …

A Rare New Bacterium Thrives In Spacecraft Cleanrooms

A recently discovered bacterium thrives in the cleanest places on Earth—where spacecraft are assembled.<p><i>Tersicoccus phoenicis</i> is no ordinary microbe. This rare bacterium can withstand chemical cleaning, ultraviolet rays, and a dearth of nutrients to live in some of the most sterile places around: …

These 7 Books Predicted The Future With Eerie, Almost Unbelievable Accuracy

The late Tom Clancy was known for his uncanny ability to accurately predict future events with his fiction writing. His 1994 novel, "Debt of Honor," describes a September 11th-like attack, and his 2010 book "Dead or Alive" describes the capture of a Bin Laden-like public enemy.<p>While remarkable, …

5 shocking ways America abuses its homeless

From sit/lie bans to anti-panhandling measures, local governments are trampling the Constitution to battle the poor<p>Homelessness is a complex, daunting problem, and cities all over America seem determined to resolve it with a simple strategy: abusing homeless people until they go away.<br>Local …