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Ebola Virus Could Spread Worldwide, Experts Warn

Health workers take blood samples for Ebola virus testing at a screening tent in the local government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. The virus has also spread to Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria Reuters

The deadly virus of Ebola could spread worldwide, experts have warned. The revelation came as infected Liberian passenger Patrick Sawyer brought the virus into Nigeria on a flight to Lagos on 20 July, spreading to the fourth African country. Sawyer died in a Nigerian hospital five days later. The virus, which first spread in Liberia in January, has also hit ... Read More »

The Guardian Angel of Guatemala: Profiles by VICE

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Published on 7 Jul 2014 Check out all the Profiles by VICE here: http://bit.ly/1oC1nAS By day, Dr. Jorge Chiu is a cardiothoracic surgeon. By night, he volunteers as a paramedic to help the violence-ridden streets of Guatemala City. There’s no telling what he’ll be dealing with on any given night. One moment Dr. Chiu will be dealing with a house fire—the ... Read More »

After Turkey, US pulls embassy staff from Libya

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The United States evacuated its embassy in Libya on July 26, driving its staff under heavy military guard across the border to Tunisia because of escalating clashes between rival militias in Tripoli, the U.S. State Department said. Security in the Libyan capital has deteriorated following two weeks of fighting between brigades of former rebel fighters who have exchanged rocket, cannon ... Read More »

Ebola outbreak spreads to Nigeria

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The Ebola outbreak that has left more than 660 people dead across West Africa has spread to Nigeria. The disease has spread to Africa’s after a Liberian man with a high fever vomited aboard an aeroplane to Nigeria and then died there, officials said. The 40-year-old man had recently lost his sister to Ebola in Liberia, health officials there said. ... Read More »

Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime

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Published on 17 Jul 2014 Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with Physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where ... Read More »

UK prime minister David Cameron calls for end to female genital mutilation, child marriages

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British prime minister David Cameron wants female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriages to stop globally within a generation, starting with Britain. FGM – the partial or total removal of external female genitalia – is a tradition practised widely in many African and Muslim countries. It is often justified as a means of suppressing a woman’s sexual desire to prevent ... Read More »

40 Trees in 1: The Tree with 40 Kinds of Fruit

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This tree is a little peculiar to look at. It’s because this isn’t an ordinary tree, one might argue that it’s actually closer to 40 trees all wrapped up into one. Indeed, when this tree is in full bloom (as shown in the picture), you can find about 40 different types of fruit on its branches, from peaches to plumbs, ... Read More »

The Detail In This Hummingbird Photograph Is Unreal

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Scotland-based photographer Chris Morgan captured this remarkable macro shot of a hummingbird while visiting Bosque De Paz Nature Reserve in Costa Rica. In case you were wondering: Yes, that is Morgan’s reflection in the hummingbird’s eye. Morgan tells io9 the key to capturing this photograph was patience: My main method of taking the pictures was patience. I used a canon 100mm ... Read More »

3 dead, nearly 100 saved as migrant boat sinks off Libya

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Libya’s navy said it retrieved the bodies of three would-be migrants and rescued almost 100 others after their boat sank on Thursday. “One of the migrants called us on a satellite telephone to tell us that their boat was about to sink off Garabulli,” east of Tripoli, navy official Issa Zarruk told AFP. “We have saved more than 90 migrants. ... Read More »