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Science
3:16 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

At The Nano Level, Wrinkles Aren't Always A No-No

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 5:18 pm

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Technology
3:16 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Pop-Up Ad Man 'Fesses To An Internet 'Sin' — But Hopes To Fix It

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 8:19 pm

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Africa
3:16 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Hit Hard By Ebola, Liberia Now Has A Third Treatment Center

A man sits on a bed that will be part a new Ebola treatment center in Monrovia, run by Doctors Without Borders.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 9:46 am

The Ebola outbreak has been spreading through Liberia with alarming speed — more than 780 cases, with 100 identified over a recent two-day period. Yet for weeks there have been only two places in the country where patients could get medical care, one in the country's rural north and one in the capital, Monrovia.

Doctors Without Borders has now opened a third facility.

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Animals
3:16 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Often On The Move, Restless Elephants Are Tough To Count — And Keep Safe

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 5:18 pm

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The Salt
3:09 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Seeking Proof For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

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Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 4:04 pm

It can be nice to relax with a glass of wine, a beer or a shot of whiskey. But one drink too many, and you may be paying the price.

To understand why drinking can make us feel so good and so bad, you have to know a little about science, says journalist Adam Rogers, author of Proof: The Science of Booze.

As Rogers notes, researchers have only just begun to explore the mystery of the hangover and share a common language around it.

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Shots - Health News
12:22 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Medicare Patients Often See Nurses Instead Of Doctors For Skin Problems

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 1:38 pm

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are taking on more and more responsibility for primary care these days. And an analysis of Medicare data finds many of these health care providers are performing procedures you might not have expected.

More than half of the 4 million procedures that office-based nurse practitioners and physician assistants independently billed Medicare for in 2012 were dermatological surgeries.

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Science
12:11 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Elephant Slaughter, African Slavery And America's Pianos

Louis E. Pratt, master ivory cutter for Pratt, Read & Co., shows off eight ivory tusks, April 1, 1955.
Courtesy of Deep River Historical Society

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 6:35 am

The illegal trade in ivory from African elephants has tripled in the past 15 years, to the extent that biologists fear for the creatures' future existence.

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Goats and Soda
10:04 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Caring For The American Ebola Patients: Inside Emory's Isolation Unit

The two American Ebola patients are being cared for separately in rooms like this in the special isolation unit, known officially as the Serious Communicable Disease Unit, at Emory University Hospital.
Emory University Hospital

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 11:15 am

When it comes to deadly, contagious disease outbreaks like Ebola, the terms "quarantine" and "isolation" take on fresh relevance and urgency. Each has a distinct meaning in the public health context, though the words are often used interchangeably and both refer to protecting the public from communicable illnesses.

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Monkey See
9:31 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Broken Teeth And Fake-umentaries: Another Shark Week Gone By

A great white shark — one of many you'll see on Discovery's Shark Week.
Chris Fallows Discovery Channel

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 2:52 pm

A great white attacks a submersible "SharkCam" deployed by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, shattering its teeth on the metal biteproof cylinder. Off Baja California, the crew of a research boat feeds a single great white 400 pounds of tuna in a boyish science test to see how much one shark can eat.

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NPR Story
4:25 am
Mon August 18, 2014

How Does Winning Math's Fields Medal Affect Productivity?

Originally published on Mon August 18, 2014 9:04 am

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