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How Ebola's 300+ Mutations Could Make The Virus Even Scarier

Instead of improving, the situation is getting worse, with infection rates growing exponentially in three West African countries. The disease is so out of control there that the World Health Organization has said that by early December, there could be 10,000 new Ebola infections every week.<p>The …

Disease

U.S., foreign health workers to flock to West Africa amid Ebola crisis

With dozens of local doctors and medical staff among the dead, U.S. and foreign experts are preparing to flood into West Africa to help fight the deadliest Ebola outbreak on record.<p>Although two Americans, Dr. Kent Brantly and health worker Nancy Writebol, have contracted the disease, health experts …

Ukraine Really Wants Its Militarized Dolphins Back From Russia

A product of Cold War paranoia, the Soviet-era dolphin program allegedly trained them to distinguish between Soviet and American submarines, detect and attack enemy swimmers with knives on their heads, and act as suicide bombers.<p>They haven't been in much use since the fall of the Soviet Union in …

Russia

Forgotten smallpox vials found in cardboard box at Maryland laboratory

US government scientist clearing out old storage room found decades-old vials, but CDC does not yet know if virus is live<p>A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week – decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and …

Scientists confirm existence of elusive 117th element

After four years of painstaking research, the discovery of the periodic table's 117th element has been confirmed. Element 117, otherwise known as ununseptium, was originally discovered back in 2010 by a group of American and Russian physicists with the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR). …

Ebola epidemic in West Africa 'out of control'

The deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has hit "unprecedented" proportions, according to relief workers on the ground.<p>"The epidemic is out of control," Dr. Bart Janssens, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement.<p>There have been 567 cases and 350 deaths since …