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Expensive cup o'joe? Blame coffee farm rust fungus

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

To find answers, scientists study ecological complexity of Mexican, Central American coffee plantations
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How to grow mussels

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

Researchers optimize growing conditions and practices to improve mussel farming
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Community college project gets students on the STEM path

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

Undergraduates get involved in research activities as part of teaching mission
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Building the framework for the future of biofuels

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

Do plant-based fuels offer a realistic reprieve from a fossil-powered future? An ASU engineer examines the full cycle
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Plant-based building materials may boost energy savings

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

Insulation for homes of the future may be harvested from fields of kenaf, an alternative to fiberglass
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Engineering a better food bank

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

Key nodes in a vast national food distribution system, food banks manage complex logistics that help connect families to farms
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Science by, of and for the people

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

Inspiring scientists and citizens to help conserve Puerto Rico
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Accomplished research scientists are also outstanding teachers of undergraduates

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

Of the 15 recently announced Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors--who will receive $1 million over five years to pursue innovative ideas in the undergraduate science classroom--13 have received support from the National Science Foundation
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Growing field of natural language processing works at the interface of computers and language

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

Researcher's algorithm design produces valuable tools for translation, text mining, question answering and more
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The right chemistry

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

NSF-funded researcher mixes mentoring and materials science
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Harnessing the power of viruses to improve wastewater treatment

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

Researcher developing a system to isolate and replicate a natural phenomenon that removes pollutants and other contaminants
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A river runs through it: U.S. cities' waterways show consistent patterns of evolution

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

Urban waters record salt in our food, cement in our sidewalks
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Paleontologists discover new species of titanosaurian dinosaur in Tanzania

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

Paleontologists have identified a new species of titanosaurian, a member of the large-bodied sauropods that thrived during the final period of the dinosaur age, in Tanzania.

Although many fossils of titanosaurians have been discovered around the globe, especially in South America, few have been recovered from the continent of Africa.

The new species, named Rukwatitan bisepultus, was first spotted embedded in a cliff wall in the Rukwa Rift Basin of southwestern ...
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Swallows of the western skies

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

International team of researchers studies one slim bird to answer some big biological questions
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Labor Day Q&A: Opportunities in STEM

NSF Discoveries - 27 min 17 sec ago

Preparation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics offers broad range of career pathways
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First US Ebola case diagnosed

Nature Newsblog - Tue, 2014-09-30 18:49

A man has been diagnosed with Ebola virus disease in Dallas, Texas.

The man diagnosed with the illness on 30 September is the first in the United States, and the first person ever diagnosed outside Africa with the Zaire species of Ebola virus, which has killed more than 3,000 people in Africa in the current outbreak. A handful of Ebola patients have been treated in the United States during the current outbreak after being diagnosed with the disease in Africa.

The patient traveled from Liberia to the United States on a flight that landed on 20 September, began experiencing symptoms on 24 September, sought care on 26 September and was admitted to an isolation ward at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on 28 September. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and a state health department lab in Austin, Texas, both diagnosed Ebola in samples from the patient.

CDC director Thomas Frieden said that the patient was in the United States visiting family and did not appear to be involved in the Ebola outbreak response in Africa.

Frieden said that public health officials began tracing the contacts of the individual today, and do not think that passengers who were on his flight are at risk of infection with Ebola. Frieden said that officials have identified “several family members and one or two community members” who had contact with the patient after he became sick and so therefore may have been exposed to the virus. Officials will monitor them for 21 days, the period of time in which they will show symptoms if they have been infected with Ebola.

“Ebola doesn’t spread until someone gets sick, and he didn’t get sick until four days after he got off the airplane, so we do not believe there was any risk to anyone who was on the flight,” Frieden said.

“I have no doubt that we will control this importation, or case of Ebola, so that it does not spread widely in this country,” Frieden said. “It does reflect the ongoing spread of Ebola in Liberia and West Africa where there are a large number of cases.”

Frieden said further that doctors were considering providing experimental treatments to the patient such as injections of blood or serum from other Ebola survivors.

“That’s being discussed with the hospital and family now and if appropriate, they would be provided to the extent available,” Frieden said.

Few other details about the patient were provided, though officials did say that he is “ill and in intensive care.”

 

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New chinchilla.

Ernst Mayr Library Facebook - Fri, 2014-09-26 15:56
New chinchilla.


'Extinct' cat-sized chinchilla found alive in shadows of Machu Picchu
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Mongabay: Living arboreal chinchilla rat thought to have been extinct is tracked down in Peruvian cloud forests
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Check out all these new species in Peru: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0925-hanc...

Ernst Mayr Library Facebook - Fri, 2014-09-26 09:45
Check out all these new species in Peru:
http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0925-hance-new-species-peru-cloud-forest.html


Scientists uncover six potentially new species in Peru, including bizarre aquatic mammal (photos)
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A group of Peruvian and Mexican scientists say they have uncovered at least six new species near South America's most famous archaeological site: Machu Picchu. The discoveries include a new mammal, a new lizard, and four new frogs. While the scientists are working on formally describing the species,…
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