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Click here to watch Lunar Lion featured on Daily Planet, a show on Discovery Channel Canada. (Starts at around 1:45.)

We encourage you to take a look at the feature, which is a fabulous blast from the past. (It’s almost hard to believe we used to have all those issues with testing!)

Thanks Discovery!

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If something is ‘old as fuck’ then it’s about 1.2 billion years old because that’s when life evolved sexual reproduction.


However, if something is “old as balls” it’s only about 65 million years old, when placental mammals began to evolve proper testicles.

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A Few Ebola Cases Likely In U.S., Air Traffic Analysis Predicts

It’s only a matter of time, some researchers are warning, before isolated cases of Ebola start turning up in developed nations, as well as hitherto-unaffected African countries.

The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more people than all previous outbreaks combined, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The official count ;includes about 3,600 cases and 1,800 deaths across four countries.

Meanwhile, the authors of a new analysis say many countries — including the U.S. — should gear up to recognize, isolate and treat imported cases of Ebola.

The probability of seeing at least one imported case of Ebola in the U.S. is as high as 18 percent by late September, researchers reported Tuesday in the journal PLOS Currents: Outbreaks. That’s compared with less than 5 percent right now.

These predictions are based on the flow of airline passengers from West Africa and the difficulty of preventing an infected passenger from boarding a flight.

As with any such analysis, there’s some uncertainty. The range of a probable U.S. importation of Ebola by Sept. 22 runs from 1 percent to 18 percent. But with time — and a continuing intense outbreak in West Africa — importation is almost inevitable, the researchers told NPR.

"What is happening in West Africa is going to get here. We can’t escape that at this point," says physicist Alessandro Vespignani, the senior author on the study, who analyzes the spread of infectious diseases at Northeastern University.

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Image: Air traffic connections from West Africa to the rest of the world: While Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone don’t have many flights outside the region, Nigeria is well-connected to Europe and the U.S. (PLOS Currents: Outbreaks)


Europa hanging over the Great red spot
Credit: NASA

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3D Printed Spine Saves 12 Year Old Boy in China

Doctors at China’s Peking University Third Hospital have successfully removed a cancerous vertebra from a 12-year old boy and replaced it with a 3D printed implant in a first such procedure worldwide, Forbes reports.

“This is the first use of a 3D-printed vertebra as an implant for orthopedic spine surgery in the world,” said Dr. Liu Zhongjun, director of the Orthopedics Department at the hospital, as quoted by the CBS News.

The boy, referred to as Minghao, was diagnosed with cancer following a football accident. The tumor was located on the second vertebra in his neck. He is reported to be in good condition following a five-hour surgery and is expected to recover quickly.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Looks Pretty Rough After Two Years On Mars (PHOTOS)

Curiosity killed the cat? Maybe. But one thing’s for sure—Mars is slowly killing Curiosity.

See all the photos of the rover here. 

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A boy is born who can talk to machines. And the conversation changes the world.

Watch this adorable and beautiful advertisement regarding the influence of science literacy and STEM education, and try to pretend you don’t want it to last longer….well done, GE :)

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More than 99% of FCC commenters support Net Neutrality



Nicko from the Sunlight Foundation writes, “The Sunlight Foundation recently analyzed the more than 800,000 comments to the Federal Communications Commission about its net neutrality proposal; here are some of the key findings: We estimate that less than 1 percent of comments were clearly opposed to net neutrality.”

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