NYC Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola

NYC Doctor Tests Positive for EbolaA doctor in New York has Ebola, officials announced on Thursday evening (Oct. 23). "Testing confirmed that a patient here in New York City has tested positive for Ebola," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Thursday evening.  The man is now in an isolation unit at the city's Bellevue hospital. The 33-year-old doctor was working with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, and completed his work there on Oct. 12, Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, New York City public health commissioner, said at the news conference.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 11:50 pm

Ebola Suspected in NY Doctor

A doctor who recently arrived in the United States from West Africa is being tested for Ebola at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, according to the city's health department. The doctor has a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms. He was transferred to the hospital by the city's Emergency Medical Services, and preliminary Ebola test results are expected in the next 12 hours, according to a statement from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Although it remains unclear whether the doctor has Ebola, the health department reminded the public that people cannot become infected with the disease simply by being near someone who has it.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 5:58 pm

Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Exhibit Opens at NYC Museum

Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Exhibit Opens at NYC MuseumAstronaut Mike Massimino is sitting on the floor, completely fixated on the video showing him and his former space shuttle crewmates training underwater to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. To me, it is very, very personal," Massimino says. Eric Boehm, the curator at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, is betting they will. Massimino and Boehm are discussing "Hubble@25," the new exhibition that opens in New York City on board the USS Intrepid, a converted World War II aircraft carrier, on Thursday (Oct. 23).

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 5:33 pm

Incredible Photo of Lazing Lions Wins Wildlife Photography Contest

Incredible Photo of Lazing Lions Wins Wildlife Photography ContestA stunning black-and-white photo of five lionesses relaxing with their cubs in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park has taken the top prize at the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, held this week at London's Natural History Museum. The image, snapped by American photographer Michael Nichols, shows the Vumbi pride resting on a kopje, or rocky formation, as the late afternoon sun beams on the expansive plains of the Serengeti.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 5:04 pm

Easter Island's ancient inhabitants weren't so lonely after all

20070422-AMX-TRAVEL_WLT-EASTERISLAND_1_MBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - They lived on a remote dot of land in the middle of the Pacific, 2,300 miles (3,700 km) west of South America and 1,100 miles (1,770 km) from the closest island, erecting huge stone figures that still stare enigmatically from the hillsides. But the ancient Polynesian people who populated Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, were not as isolated as long believed. ...

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 3:31 pm

Old, cold and bold: Ice Age people dwelled high in Peru's Andes

Cunchaicha rock shelter in Peruvian AndesBy Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a bleak, treeless landscape high in the southern Peruvian Andes, bands of intrepid Ice Age people hunkered down in rudimentary dwellings and withstood frigid weather, thin air and other hardships. Scientists on Thursday described the world's highest known Ice Age settlements, two archaeological sites about 2.8 miles (4.5 km) above sea level and about 12,000 years old packed with artifacts including a rock shelter, stone tools, animal bones, food remnants and primitive artwork. ...

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 3:02 pm

Swiss scientists determine comet's 'perfume'

Rotten eggs, horse urine, formaldehyde, bitter almonds, alcohol, vinegar and a hint of sweet ether.

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 1:04 pm

Fixing 'Ebolanomics' in pursuit of vaccines and drugs

Scientists at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg prepare an experimental Ebola vaccine for shipment to the World Health OrganizationBy Kate Kelland and Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) - As researchers from Africa to China to America race to develop vaccines and treatments to fight Ebola, health experts are grappling with the economics of a disease that until this year had been off the drug industry's radar. Whether or not effective drugs come in time to turn around the world's worst epidemic of the virus ravaging three West African countries, the world will want stockpiles to protect against inevitable future outbreaks, experts say. ...

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 11:48 am

French entrepreneurs launch test to detect pork in food

An illustration picture shows a kit to test for the presence of pork in food for use by Muslims at the company Capital Biotech offices in Asnieres sur SeineBy Lucien Libert ASNIERES France (Reuters) - Two French entrepreneurs have launched a portable device to test for the presence of pork in food for use by Muslims who abide by dietary laws. With France's five million Muslims making up about eight percent of the overall population, the test, similar in size to a pregnancy test, aims to help consumers detect traces of pork not just in food, but also in cosmetics or medicines. The kit comes with a small test tube in which a food sample is mixed with warm water. ...

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 10:59 am

First Private Moon Mission to Launch on Chinese Rocket Today

First Private Moon Mission to Launch on Chinese Rocket TodayThe 4M mission, a project developed by Luxembourg-based company LuxSpace, will piggyback on a Chinese moon flyby unofficially dubbed Chang'e 5-T1, which aims to test out technology for a future lunar sample-return mission. "We also want to promote our way to do space missions in general — the microsatellite approach."

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 9:27 am