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The U.S. Is Committing 3,000 Troops and Half A Billion Dollars to Stop the Spread of Ebola

Later today, President Barack Obama will announce the United States’ new plan for stemming the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. As of September 7, there were 4,366 confirmed, suspected or probable cases, as well as 2,218 deaths. The real numbers are probably much higher though, since many suffering from the disease in rural parts of Africa are actively avoiding detection. The President will announce his plans during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Obama

This App Uses Your Phone To Help With Cancer and Alzheimer’s Research While You Sleep (Video)

A University of Vienna invention is turning our smartphones into a network of processing power. The Samsung Power Sleep App was developed by Samsung in Austria, as a collaboration with the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Vienna. Samsung Power Sleep lets you donate the processing power of your smartphone or tablet to assist researchers with the decryption of protein sequences. This decryption is an essential part of cancer and Alzheimer’s research (as well as other diseases). The app works like an

Designing 3-D Printed Prosthetics to Make Kids Feel Like Superheroes

Losing a limb can be extremely difficult, especially if you’re still a young child trying to make sense of the world. So with 3-D printing technology already capable of producing relatively inexpensive prosthetics, a group of prosthetic designers decided to set up a network where volunteer engineers and artists could share ideas and stories with one another. The organization, known as E-nabling The Future, describes itself as, A network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the world a “Helping

More Than A Third of Germany’s Wild Boars Are Highly Radioactive

On April 26, 1986, an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (which was part of the Soviet Union at the time) released massive amounts of radioactive particles into the atmosphere. Helped along by wind and rain, these particles quickly spread all across Europe, reaching as far west as Spain and France. Now, 28 years later, the lasting effects of this nuclear disaster are still very evident. Wild boars are fairly common throughout Germany, and are regularly hunted for their meat,

India’s RICE Bucket Challenge Just Totally Nailed It

The ALS ice bucket challenge has become a global phenomenon this summer, with people dumping buckets full of water and ice on their heads to raise awareness and funding for ALS. Now, India has adopted the challenge, adding their own spin: instead of filling the buckets with ice and water, they fill them with rice. And instead of dumping the bucket over their heads, they give the bucket of rice to a person in need. The new challenge was started by

Chinese Boy Receives First 3-D Printed Vertebra Implant (Video)

Doctors at Beijing’s Peking University have made a truly monumental step in the field of orthopedic surgery: implanting the first ever 3-D printed vertebra into a 12-year old boy. After he suffered a neck injury while playing soccer, it was discovered that the boy had a malignant tumor on his spinal chord. Following an examination of the tumor, the boy’s doctors decided that their only choice was to remove his entire second vertebra. But rather than replacing it with a traditional orthopedic implant, the

Deaths That Don’t Have to Happen: The Relationship Between Knowledge and Health

Editor’s note: As part of  a writing class I took this summer, I had to do a group project addressing a social issue within our society. Part of that assignment was writing an essay that promotes activism to address the issue.The research inspired me, so I decided to share that essay with you. Hope you enjoy!  Knowledge, and the desire to use it to better our own lives, as well as the lives of everyone else. This is what has made our species

Lack of Education: The Real Reason for the Spread of Ebola

Since the latest Ebola outbreak began in March, there have been more than 2,100 reported cases and 1,145 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. This is already by far the most serious Ebola outbreak in recorded history. But the disease isn’t some super-virus that is spreading through the air and infecting anyone who comes close. The only way it can be spread is through bodily fluids- getting the blood or vomit of a sick person in your eyes, nose,

Why Ultra-Pure Water Is Actually Bad for Your Health (Video)

We tend to imagine that purity is the ultimate indicator of the quality of water. So why is 100%, ultra-pure water not good for us? Well the simple answer is that water (H20) purely comprised of hydrogen and oxygen doesn’t provide our body with the natural electrolytes and salts we need to survive. There is no such thing as truly pure water in the natural world. Even water in the purest springs and lakes contains small amounts of dissolved minerals such as sodium, chloride,

How Ultraviolet Light Reveals All the Secrets Buried Just Below Your Skin (Video)

Ultraviolet or UV radiation is the radiation released by the sun. While the sun’s energy is obvious extremely important for our survival, the UV rays it emits can damage our skin over time. Examining your skin through an ultraviolet lens can reveal things you never knew were there (a lot of people have freckles they can’t see). It can also reveal changes and/or damage to the skin that is still invisible under normal light. Check it out in this awesome video posted

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