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Ebola by the Numbers: The Size, Spread and Cost of the Outbreak

Scientific American News Feed - October 24, 2014 - 6:57pm
As the virus spreads in West Africa, a graphic offers a guide to the case count and transmission figures that matter

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Google Exec’s Stratospheric Plunge Breaks World Record

Scientific American News Feed - October 24, 2014 - 6:49pm
This morning in Roswell, New Mexico, a spacesuit-clad 57-year-old Google executive, Alan Eustace, strapped into a harness beneath a giant helium balloon and lifted off to new heights in the upper...

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Baby Prep School: A Brain Game Or A Mama’s Coo-Cooing?

Scientific American News Feed - October 24, 2014 - 6:19pm
Baby’s first robot If  you could only learn a language with the innocent receptivity of a young child. That adage, repeated ad nauseam, once an adult has decided to learn French or Tagalog...

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Ferns Communicate to Decide on Their Sexes

Scientific American News Feed - October 24, 2014 - 5:19pm
Older generations release pheromones to balance the sex ratio in youngsters

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Ebola Efforts Helped By Flu Shots

Scientific American News Feed - October 24, 2014 - 4:52pm
Should ebola continue to crop up in the U.S., having fewer people coming to emergency rooms with the similar symptoms of flu will help the public health system respond. Steve Mirsky reports.  

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Book Review: The Peripheral

Scientific American News Feed - October 24, 2014 - 4:00pm


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Landmark Climate Deal Hammered Out by European Leaders

Scientific American News Feed - October 24, 2014 - 3:35pm
Greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by at least 40 percent by 2030, relative to 1990 levels, under the agreement

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Inside the 4 U.S. Biocontainment Hospitals That Are Stopping Ebola [Video]

Scientific American News Feed - October 24, 2014 - 2:51pm
Four small but well-equipped wards across the U.S. provide a front line of treatment for highly infectious diseases and bioterrorism attacks

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Soldier Flies: The New Food for Farm Fish

Scientific American News Feed - October 24, 2014 - 12:56pm
Several pounds of wild fish meal are typically needed to produce a single pound of farmed fish—not a very sustainable practice. One company is breeding Black Soldier Flies and feeding the...

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Complex Life Owes Its Existence To Parasites?

Scientific American News Feed - October 24, 2014 - 12:49pm
Is complex life rare in the cosmos? The idea that it could be rests on the observation that the existence of life like us – with large, energy hungry, complicated cells – may be...

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Solving Energy Poverty Need Not Trash the Atmosphere

Scientific American News Feed - October 24, 2014 - 12:05pm
Filling the modern energy void in poor households creates only a small rise in global warming pollution

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5 Myths about Serial Killers and Why They Persist [Excerpt]

Scientific American News Feed - October 24, 2014 - 12:00pm
A criminologist contrasts the stories surrounding serial homicide with real data to help explain society’s macabre fascination with these tales

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Stunning Images of an Alien Comet Passing Mars [Slide Show]

Scientific American News Feed - October 24, 2014 - 11:00am
Orbiters and rovers deliver the first up-close look at a once-in-a-lifetime interplanetary encounter

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Simply Shining a Light Can Reveal the Brain’s Structure

Scientific American News Feed - October 24, 2014 - 10:00am
This blog is the fifth in a series of guest posts on technology and the brain to celebrate Scientific American Mind’s 10-year anniversary.

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Indian Vultures Are Dying for Some Good News

Scientific American News Feed - October 23, 2014 - 8:46pm
When a species experiences catastrophic population declines as high as 99.9 percent, any bit of good news is cause for celebration—even if the news isn’t exactly great.

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The Ebola Outbreak: Hopeful News from the Front Lines

Scientific American News Feed - October 23, 2014 - 7:42pm
The coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by U.S. media has often seemed unremittingly grim. So it was with some trepidation that I boarded a plane for Sierra Leone.

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What Makes a Hospital “Ebola Ready”?

Scientific American News Feed - October 23, 2014 - 6:47pm
How New York City’s Bellevue Hospital prepared to treat a potential Ebola patient

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Cancer Cells Can "Infect" Normal Neighbors

Scientific American News Feed - October 23, 2014 - 6:29pm
Genetic material shed by tumors can get dumped into healthy cells and transform them

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The Black Hole in Interstellar Looks Amazingly Realistic

Scientific American News Feed - October 23, 2014 - 5:16pm
Wired has a fun piece about physicist and black-hole guru Kip Thorne's work on the film Interstellar, which comes out November 7. We've known the premise of the film for a long time: Earth is a...

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The Hobbit: 10 Years Later

Scientific American News Feed - October 23, 2014 - 4:08pm
In October 2004 paleontologists announced a new human species called Homo floresiensis. Ever since then debate has raged on whether it truly is a new species or merely a diseased Homo sapiens

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