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Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Arrives In Americas

The virus can cause debilitating joint pain that can last for weeks, and sometimes years.<p>A potentially debilitating African virus has now officially made its way to the Americas, and is being spread between people by mosquitoes in the Caribbean. From early December to mid-January, the chikungunya …

Public Health

Stephen Hawking Says There Are No Black Holes

The physicist offers a new theory that allows energy to escape.<p>Stephen Hawking has a big announcement. No, it's not that aliens exist or that humans won't survive another 1,000 years on Earth. The physicist claims, in a paper posted online Wednesday, that the idea of an event horizon—the point of …

Carmageddon for Android goes free for limited time

Get your taste of this great game before it goes back to $1.99<p>A quick heads up for anyone that hasn't yet picked up classic pedestrian-mashing title, …

U.S. urges court to let Apple antitrust monitor get back to work | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Friday urged a federal appeals court to reject Apple Inc’s effort to oust a court-appointed monitor for its antitrust compliance, saying the company “cannot be trusted” to do the job on its own.<p>A shattered large glass panel, part of Apple's cube store on …

How Vietnam became a coffee giant

<b>Think of coffee and you will probably think of Brazil, Colombia, or maybe Ethiopia. But the world's second largest exporter today is Vietnam. How did its market share jump from 0.1% to 20% in just 30 years, and how has this rapid change affected the country?</b><p>When the Vietnam war ended in 1975 the …

Coffee

More or Less: Calculating how much migrants cost or benefit a nation

<b>Now the initial furore about Romanian and Bulgarian people being allowed to work in the UK has subsided, what does a more detailed look at immigration statistics tell us about the benefits, or otherwise, of welcoming overseas citizens? The picture is mixed.</b><p>Immigrants to the UK since 2000 have made …

Harvard Kennedy School

The next global pandemic is somewhere out there. The challenge is to stop it

The threat from a modern global epidemic is real - especially in a connected world<p>Walk past the endless rows of vegetables, past the dozens of stalls selling every possible part of a pig and, at the centre of Cao Lanh city's market, a woman is doing a brisk trade in selling rats for food. Two cages …

This Fake Robot Frog Is Key For Field Research

Just add in a speaker and a uh, condom, and you're good to do some science<p>When a male túngara frog wants to mate, it announces its desire by inflating a vocal sac beneath its chin while making whines and chucks. Biologists Michael Ryan and Ryan Taylor (from the University of Texas at Austin and …

Zoology

Supernova Next 50 Years: Astronomers Say Supernova to be Visible From Earth

Will there be a supernova in the next 50 years that is visible from Earth?<p>Yes, astronomers with Ohio State University say.<p>The odds are nearly 100 …

Our sun for one year

Composite image of a year of activity on our solar system’s star, the sun.<p>In the spring of 2010, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, provided …