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Ebola Deaths Hit 7,000

The terrible epidemic of ebola reached passed the 7,000 count as recently reported by the World Health Organization. The majority of the deaths have been in Sierra Leone. The total is 7,373 deaths as of Dec. 20. For first world countries with their advanced medical systems and hospitals, ebola has not been a factor. However,... Read More »

New Drug Helps Reverse Baldness in Patients With Alopecia Areata

Researchers at Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have tested an FDA-approved drug that can eliminate cells that attack hair follicles in people suffering from the common autoimmune disease Alopecia Areata. Their findings were published online in Nature Medicine. Things look promising for people suffering from this disease. Check out their animation of hair... Read More »

Super Solar Storm of July 2012 Could Have Crippled Earth

If the super solar storm of 2012 had hit the earth, “we would still be picking up the pieces,” says Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado. In their paper, entitled “A major solar eruptive event in July 2012,” Baker and his peers described how a powerful coronal mass ejection from the sun barely missed... Read More »

This Bird is Really Big

Scientists, in a press release from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), have discovered the fossil of an extinct bird that had a wing span of up to 24 feet.  The bird, named Argentavis magnificens, was twice as big as the Royal Albatross, the largest flying bird today. The bird fossil was uncovered in Charleston,... Read More »

Rats, Rats Reget Too

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that rats have regrets like humans too. As explained in detail on wired.com, rats who passed up delicious treats only to find less desirable treats showed signs of regrets. Researchers set up a contraption called a “restaurant row.” The rats could pass up on good treats and... Read More »

Navajo Code Talkers of World War II

This is an interesting CNN article about the Navajo code talkers during World War II. Chester Nez was the last of the original code talkers, and unfortunately, he died today, June 4, 2014. It’s interesting because the U.S. military chose the Navajo language to use as code because it has not written form and is... Read More »