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A scientist on the cutting edge of Ebola research calls for calm and focus

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The grim forecasts for the growing Ebola epidemic shouldn't spark panic, says one geneticist. Instead, the response to the outbreak calls for worldwide collaboration and a globally crowdsourced battle plan.

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India is over the moon about its mission to Mars

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

India's big messy democracy celebrated a celestial triumph today. It's on-the-cheap mission to Mars entered the Red Planet's orbit on its first try, making it the first Asian nation to accomplish such a feat. And it did so for the bargain price of $75 million dollars, less than the budget for the film, "Gravity."

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With the waters rising, the Dutch find eco-friendly ways to keep them at bay

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

With hundreds of years of experience behind them, the Netherlands are still pioneering ways to protect its communities from flooding. And as climate change makes flooding more of a global concern, other countries are paying attention to Dutch innovations.

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The UN climate summit opens with a voice from an endangered nation

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Leaders from all over the world have gathered in New York to attend the UN Climate Summit. The first thing they heard was an impassioned poem from a mother and activist from the Marshall Islands, a tiny nation in the Pacific that may no longer exists if climate change isn't halted.

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The Rockefellers call it quits on oil, divesting themselves from fossil fuel industries

Monday, September 22, 2014

The name “Rockefeller” is just about synonymous with wealth and power in America. It’s also pretty much synonymous with oil. The family’s vast fortune stems from the oil empire that patriarch John D. Rockefeller built a century ago.

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Scientists prepare for a historic landing on a 'seething and sputtering and spitting' comet

Monday, September 15, 2014

If you think parallel parking is hard, then consider the European Space Agency's latest mission. ESA's Rosetta mission will attempt to land a small robot on a rocky comet barreling through space at more than 34,000 miles an hour.

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Here's how to keep that old cell phone you're about to toss from becoming toxic e-waste in a developing country

Friday, September 12, 2014

You've seen the new iPhone 6. You want one. You buy one. So what do you do with your old iPhone to make sure it doesn't end up in some e-waste toxic pile in West Africa? We've got a few recommendations from an e-waste expert.

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Here's the green success story of the California blue whale

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A new study of blue whales in the eastern Pacific has found that the population of the behemoths there has bounced back to near pre-whaling levels. But other populations of blues elsewhere are not doing nearly as well.

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NATO takes aim at Russia's attacks — online

Thursday, September 04, 2014

With Russia's military intervening in Ukraine, NATO has plenty to discuss at this week's summit. But one aspect of the conflict with Russia goes beyond Ukraine. It lies in cyberspace. And NATO is set to ratify a measure that would directly confront Russian and others on the virtual battlefield.

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Coral reefs can communicate with fish, and many of them are crying for help

Thursday, August 21, 2014

With corals in trouble around the world, researchers are examining the role of smell in telling fish to come to a healthy reef or stay away. That may help scientists find ways to manipulate the smells to help damaged reefs recover.

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This Ohio greenhouse is taking cues on growing orchids from the masters — the Dutch

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When you think of flowers, you might think of Holland. But the owners of an Oberlin, Ohio, greenhouse are working with the Dutch — as well as flower growers from 12 other countries — to master the art of growing the perfect orchid.

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Iceland's largest volcano might blow its stack

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Scientists say a rash of small earthquakes suggest that Iceland's largest volcano is about to blow. That could mean trouble for trans-Atlantic travelers but likely would be no big deal for local — and might even lead to a tourism boom.

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It turns out turtles have something to say

Monday, August 18, 2014

Experts used to believe that turtles were entirely mute and deaf. But that turns out to be false, according to researchers in Brazil who say they have recorded turtle vocalizations for the first time.

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An Iranian woman makes history in winning a math prize

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman and the first Iranian to win the Fields Medal, math's most prestigious prize.

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As the Ebola crisis rages, West African villagers are warned away from fruit bats

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Scientists are warning West African villagers to stop hunting bush meat and to stay away from fruit bats as they circle in a possible animal source for the latest Ebola outbreak. The Ebola virus lives in fruit bats, scientists believe, and is threatening communities who are already facing the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history.

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Conservationists are working to create more national parks at sea

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Here’s some positive environmental news. In fact, it's a positive environmental trend: nations across the world are protecting huge swaths of ocean waters. And the trend may just be getting started.

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Facebook offers the best advertising for migrant-smuggling coyotes

Monday, August 11, 2014

People who smuggle migrants across the US-Mexico border, known as coyotes or polleros, are logging on to Facebook to find more clients. Satisfied customers will post reviews of their coyotes on social media, and connect their relatives to helpful smuggling contacts online.

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The key to some big endangered species crime investigations is a small lab in Oregon

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Trying to figure out where that confiscated rhino horn came from? Is that guitar made from a piece of endangered tropical hardwood? You might find the answers to your questions at the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Forensic Lab in Ashland, Oregon, the only one like it in the world.

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New lawn 'mooers' keep the grass trimmed in East London's parks

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The town council in Havering, England, has turned to cows instead of lawnmowers to keep parks and other green spaces neat and trim. Locals say traditional grazing promotes biodiversity and could save half a million dollars over 10 years.

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After a long journey from Africa, a new tropical disease sets up shop in Florida

Friday, August 01, 2014

A nasty tropical disease that causes extreme joint pain and can leave sufferers unable to sit up for weeks has shown up in the US for the first time. Florida health officials say at least two cases of chikungunya appear to have been transmitted by local mosquitoes, and a reporter who's been covering the story says officials fear a wider outbreak.

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