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The Ebola virus viewed through an electron microscope. As of mid-2014, Ebola has caused two dozen outbreaks in Africa since the virus first emerged in 1976. (AP Photo/Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine)

Another Ebola Problem: Finding its Natural Source

August 18, 2014 12:25 pm | by Mike Stobbe and Marilynn Marchione, AP Medical Writers | News | Comments

A scary problem lurks beyond the frenzied efforts to keep people from spreading Ebola: No one knows exactly where the virus comes from or how to stop it from seeding new outbreaks. Ebola has caused two dozen outbreaks in Africa since it first emerged in 1976. It is coming from somewhere — probably bats — but experts agree they need to pinpoint its origins in nature.

The MH17 Crash and Selective Web Archiving

July 28, 2014 1:59 pm | by Butch Lazorchak, US Library of Congress | Blogs | Comments

The following first appeared as a guest post by Nicholas Taylor, Web Archiving Service Manager...

New Data Collection, Analysis and Sharing Tools Help Protect Threatened Species

May 29, 2014 9:41 pm | by Science Newsline | News | Comments

Athens, Ga. – New tools to collect and share information could help stem the loss of the world's...

All that Big Data Is Not Going to Manage Itself: Part Two

May 28, 2014 2:18 pm | by Butch Lazorchak, Library of Congress | Blogs | Comments

My last blog post described federal government initiatives that have driven data management...

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All that Big Data Is Not Going to Manage Itself: Part One

May 27, 2014 10:56 am | by Butch Lazorchak, Library of Congress | Blogs | Comments

On February 26, 2003, the National Institutes of Health released the “Final NIH Statement on Sharing Research Data.” As you’ll be reminded when you visit that link, 2003 was eons ago in “Internet time.” Yet the vision NIH had for the expanded sharing of research data couldn’t have been more prescient. As the Open Government Data site notes, government data is a tremendous resource that can have a positive impact on ...

Data Sharing Among Nations Rebooted for another Decade

January 23, 2014 2:39 pm | by AP | News | Comments

Diplomats and officials from 90 nations have agreed to share thousands of observations from satellites, airplanes and ground sensing equipment about our planet for a second decade. An intergovernmental organization known as Group on Earth Observations, or GEO, which was established in February 2005, says it won unanimous approval on January 17, 2014, to share open data from space, airborne and ground observations for another 10 years.

Police: Cellphone Data Now Key Investigative Tool

December 13, 2013 10:30 am | by Kala Kachmar, Montgomery Advertiser | News | Comments

In 2006, the Montgomery Police Department used cellphone tower data to help convict a man who shot and killed a 30-year-old police officer in the head during a traffic stop. Mario Woodward, 40, was charged with capital murder and then in 2008, sentenced to the death penalty by Montgomery County Circuit Judge Truman Hobbs. The officer, Keith Houts, left behind a wife and five children.


NSA Spying on Virtual Worlds, Online Games

December 10, 2013 3:42 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

American and British intelligence operations have been spying on gamers across the world, media outlets reported, saying that the world's most powerful espionage agencies sent undercover agents into virtual universes to monitor activity in online fantasy games such as "World of Warcraft."

Accelrys Experiment Knowledge Base

June 15, 2013 5:40 pm | Accelrys | Product Releases | Comments

The Accelrys Experiment Knowledge Base, a laboratory informatics system, is designed specifically for research and development. It offers scientists the ability to search and mine experimentation data from almost any source. The system also provides integration and interoperability with existing lab equipment and applications.

i3D Enterprise Service

March 22, 2013 3:06 pm | Shimadzu Scientific Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

i3D Enterprise Service integrates storage, processing and data mining in an enterprise-level private cloud. Laboratory data can be automatically and securely uploaded from instruments to a private cloud and processed on the cloud, enabling workflow execution and data mining in a fraction of the time.

Thick-skulled Dinosaur King of Head-butt

June 30, 2011 4:56 am | News | Comments

Researchers surveyed the heads of a large number of modern animals as well as one of the world’s best dinosaur fossils, the Stegoceras specimen from the University of Alberta. They found that the bony anatomy of some pachycephalosaur domes are better at protecting the brain than in any modern head-butter

Analysis Reveals Patterns of Bacteria-Virus Infection Networks

June 28, 2011 8:43 am | by Abby Robinson | News | Comments

Bacteria are common sources of infection, but these microorganisms can themselves be infected by even smaller agents: viruses. A new analysis of the interactions between bacteria and viruses has revealed patterns that could help scientists working to understand which viruses infect which bacteria in the microbial world


Accurately Predicting Age Using Just a Saliva Sample

June 28, 2011 8:37 am | News | Comments

Self-conscious about your age? Be careful where you spit. Geneticists now can use saliva to reveal how old you are. The findings offer a myriad of potential applications. A newly patented test based on the research, for example, could offer crime-scene investigators a new forensic tool for pinpointing a suspect's age

Duct Tape Strategy Saves Hospitals Time, Money and Fosters Communication

June 28, 2011 8:31 am | News | Comments

A simple roll of duct tape has proven to be an inexpensive solution to the costly and time-consuming problem of communicating with hospital patients who are isolated with dangerous infections. A 504-bed Midwestern health system saved up to 2,700 hours and $110,000 a year by creating a “Red Box” safe zone, a three-foot square of red duct tape extending from the threshold of the door

City Dwellers Produce as Much CO2 as Country People Do

June 28, 2011 4:53 am | News | Comments

Most previous studies have indicated that people in cities have a smaller carbon footprint than people who live in the country. By using more complex methods of analysis than in the past, scientists have discovered that people's carbon emissions are practically the same in the city and in the rural areas

Artistic Rendering of a Mammoth or Mastodon Found on an Ancient Bone

June 27, 2011 4:47 am | by Randolph E. Schmid, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A bone fragment at least 13,000 years old, with the carved image of a mammoth or mastodon, has been discovered in Florida, a new study reports. While prehistoric art depicting animals with trunks has been found in Europe, this may be the first in the Western Hemisphere

Coffee: wake up with an Alzheimer’s preventative

June 22, 2011 10:03 am | News | Comments

A yet unidentified component of coffee interacts with the beverage’s caffeine, which could be a surprising reason why daily coffee intake protects against Alzheimer’s disease. A new Alzheimer’s mouse study found that this interaction boosts blood levels of a critical growth factor that seems to fight off the Alzheimer’s disease process


Arctic Snow Harbors Deadly Assassin

June 22, 2011 6:56 am | Articles | Comments

A new international study confirms that whilst snow has an insulating effect which helps plants to grow bigger, heavy and prolonged snow can, in certain circumstances, also encourage the rapid and extensive growth of killer fungal strains. The snowfall can bring about unexpected conditions that encourage fungal growth, leading to the death of plants in the Arctic

Can Humans Sense the Earth’s Magnetism?

June 22, 2011 6:50 am | by Jim Fessenden, UMass Medical School Communications | News | Comments

For migratory birds and sea turtles, the ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic field is crucial to navigating the long-distance voyages these animals undertake during migration. Humans, however, are widely assumed not to have an innate magnetic sense. But new research shows that a protein expressed in the human retina can sense magnetic fields when implanted into Drosophila

Breathing Life into an Extinct Species: ancient DNA cracks the case

June 21, 2011 4:58 am | News | Comments

The Vegas Valley Leopard Frog is the only North American frog officially considered to have gone extinct in recent history (c. 1942). But through the efforts of a multi-agency genetic investigation comprised of researchers it has been discovered that the frog is not extinct, but is living 250 miles away from Las Vegas

Explanation for Mutation Rates in Males Being Higher than in Females

June 16, 2011 9:38 am | News | Comments

There is a a higher DNA mutation rate in mammalian males than in mammalian females, a phenomenon called male mutation bias. A new study shows that generation time is the main determinant of this phenomenon

A 'Road Map' in Fish Brain Explains how Vertebrates Produce Sounds

June 15, 2011 8:20 am | by Krishna Ramanujan | News | Comments

Much like walking or swimming, to make sounds, vertebrate (animals with a backbone) brains must use timing signals to coordinate carefully the right muscles. Researchers have now identified regions of a fish brain that reveal the basic circuitry for how all vertebrates, including humans, generate sound used for social communication

Deadly Amphibian Disease in the Last Disease-free Region of Central America

June 14, 2011 6:49 am | News | Comments

Scientists have confirmed that chytridiomycosis, a rapidly spreading amphibian disease, has reached a site near Panama’s Darien region. This was the last area in the entire mountainous neotropics to be free of the disease

Deadly Bacteria may Mimic Human Proteins

June 8, 2011 4:58 am | News | Comments

Deadly bacteria may be evolving antibiotic resistance by mimicking human proteins, according to a new study. This process of “molecular mimicry” may help explain why bacterial human pathogens, many of which were at one time easily treatable with antibiotics, have re-emerged in recent years as highly infectious public health threats

Potential Treatment for Deadly E. coli Poisoning

June 7, 2011 7:52 am | News | Comments

A potential life-saving treatment for severe E. coli food poisoning outbreaks — developed more than a decade ago — hasn't gone forward into clinical trials because of lack of commercial interest. Researchers produced a "designer" probiotic bacterium which binds and neutralizes the toxin produced by E. coli

Cells Talk to One Another, but How?

June 1, 2011 10:02 am | News | Comments

Inside the human body, an amazing amount of communication occurs constantly. And for biologists, the fundamental question remains as to how these processes occur within the complex environment of tissues and organs

LifeScope 2.0

May 31, 2011 10:34 am | Life Technologies Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

LifeScope 2.0 Genomic Analysis Software is a bioinformatics system for analyzing data from genomic sequencing instruments to study human disease such as cancer. The product features secure project management, pushbutton workflows and an intuitive user interface

Woolly Mammoths Enjoyed the Ability to Interbreed

May 31, 2011 9:14 am | News | Comments

A DNA-based study sheds new light on the complex evolutionary history of the woolly mammoth, suggesting it mated with a completely different and much larger species. The research found the woolly mammoth, which lived in the cold climate of the Arctic tundra, interbred with the Columbian mammoth, which preferred the more temperate regions of North America and was some 25 percent larger

‘E-waste Pollution’ Threat to Human Health

May 31, 2011 7:15 am | News | Comments

In addition to its damaging effect on the environment researchers have now linked e-waste to adverse effects on human health, such as inflammation and oxidative stress – precursors to cardiovascular disease, DNA damage and possibly cancer. Researchers took air samples from one of the largest e-waste dismantling areas in China and examined their effects on human lung epithelial cells

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