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Ebola hits 5th African country, experimental drug heals all monkeys in study

DAKAR, Aug. 30 (PNA/Xinhua) — With the first case of Ebola confirmed on Friday by Senegalese health authorities, the epidemic has spread to a fifth West African country and claimed over 1,500 lives in the region since earlier this year. Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck said a Guinean university student infected with Ebola has carried the deadly virus to Senegal after he slipped into the country trying to evade health surveillance for weeks. As […]

California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S

(Reuters) – The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America. A number of cities and counties in California and other U.S. states, including Hawaii’s Maui County, have made it illegal for grocery stores to pack purchases in plastic. But at the state level, opposition from plastic bag […]

IBM launches Watson system for research, hopes for breakthroughs

(Reuters) – International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday launched a computer system that can quickly identify patterns in massive amounts of data, an ability that IBM said should hasten breakthroughs in science and medical research. The computer system, Watson Discovery Advisor, understands chemical compound interaction and human language and can visually map out connections in data, the company said in a statement. IBM will make the service available through the cloud. Some researchers and scientists have already been […]

Florida man caught killing, and eating, threatened tortoises

  (Reuters) – Wildlife authorities in Florida caught a man who killed and ate 15 gopher tortoises and planned to slaughter 11 more of the threatened reptiles, a spokeswoman said on Thursday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said a tip-off led an officer to woods in Citrus County on Florida’s west coast where he found tire tracks and shells dumped on the ground. Returning the next day, he found a container holding 11 […]

Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

(Reuters) – The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be touched by the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighboring Guinea where infection rates are rising fast. The deadly virus has defied efforts by governments to control it, prompting the leading charity fighting the outbreak Medicines Sans Frontiers to call for the U.N. Security Council to take charge of efforts to stop the epidemic. At least […]