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Biology

Russian scientists to set up lab in Guinea to fight Ebola
A team of Russian virologists, epidemiologists and bacteriologists is leaving for Africa to organize laboratory diagnosis of the Ebola virus in Guinea, where the outbreak of the deadly fever is spreading fast.

21.08.2014 11:06

UK offers £6.5m for emergency Ebola research
Researchers around the world are being offered £6.5 million to find ways to save the lives of people affected by the world's worst Ebola outbreak.

21.08.2014 13:29

Experimental drug success: US Ebola doctor discharged after recovery
An American doctor who contracted the Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia has been discharged after being treated with the experimental drug, ZMapp.

21.08.2014 12:59

Life in space? Sea plankton discovered attached to ISS outer hull
Russian scientists say they made a “unique” discovery while analyzing samples from the exterior of the International Space Station – traces of tiny sea creatures on the station’s windows and walls. It remains unclear how marine plankton ended up in space.

19.08.2014 19:40

New type of solar plant torching birds out of the sky
Next generation solar plants are generating more clean energy than ever before, but one in California is torching birds as they fly through the facility’s powerful rays, raising concern over a new plant that could prove four times more dangerous to birds.

18.08.2014 23:15

DuPont pushing for lenient plan in cleaning up toxic former munitions plant
Multinational chemical giant DuPont is pressing New Jersey and federal officials to approve a plan that is much weaker than state standards usually demand in the company’s efforts to clean up a former munitions plant riddled with cancer-causing elements.

18.08.2014 17:22

Bio-shambles: Over 1,100 pathogen leaks in US labs in 5 years – CDC report
US labs mishandled dangerous biomaterials at least 1,100 times between 2008 and 2012, according to hard-to-access statistics collated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and obtained by USA Today.

18.08.2014 18:12

Lethal bird flu cocktail sent out of lab accidentally, went unreported – CDC
A scientist with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declined to tell superiors that a worker had mixed a lethal strain of bird flu with a more benign one, even though that mixed strain was shipped out to another laboratory.

16.08.2014 04:08

Scientists report genetic abnormalities in birds, insects, plants near Fukushima
Fukushima’s nuclear disaster has caused genetic damage, a decline in the population and other changes to non-human organisms from plants to butterflies to birds in the area, US and Japanese scientists say.

15.08.2014 17:06

Google 'street view' maps coral reefs off Florida
US government researchers will apply “street view” mapping tools to underwater ecosystems in the Florida Keys this week in an effort to document coral reef health. The project is sponsored by the likes of insurance company Catlin and Google.

14.08.2014 14:44

Guinea declares health emergency as Ebola outbreak worsens
Guinea has declared a “health emergency” as the number of people killed by the Ebola virus in the West African nation reached 377. More flights to West African countries have been cancelled as the region waits for the arrival of experimental drugs.

14.08.2014 13:58

Ebola a ‘high risk’ in Kenya, WHO warns
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that Kenya is at “high risk” of the spread of the deadly Ebola virus because it is a major transport hub, with several flights a day to West Africa where the disease is running riot.

13.08.2014 14:55

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