Tag «US & World»

Technology Can Fix the Budget Crisis

A pair of Clinton-era telecom regulators and “card-carrying Democrats” want to bring back some of the economic magic of the go-go 1990s with an ambitious plan to accelerate growth, shrink the national debt while revolutionizing the delivery of government services and help slow global warming. The plan from former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt …

UN Worker Dies of Ebola in Germany

Health workers wearing protective gear wait to carry the body of a person suspected to have died from Ebola, in Monrovia, Liberia, Monday Oct. 13, 2014.Image: AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh/Associated Press BERLIN — A United Nations medical worker who was infected with Ebola in Liberia has died despite “intensive medical procedures,” a German hospital said Tuesday. …

Mars Rover Curiosity Flexes Robotic Arm for First Time

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity flexed its long robotic arm for the first time on the Red Planet Monday, passing a critical health check with flying colors, mission managers say. The rover unfolded the robotic arm and performed an intricate series of test maneuvers to make sure the 7-foot-long appendage is in good working order. Curiosity’s …

Fear and Rumors Hinder Containment of Ebola Outbreak

Health workers teach people about the Ebola virus and how to prevent infection, in Conakry, Guinea March 31, 2014.Image: Youssouf Bah/Associated Press It sounds like the perfect script for a horror movie: A virus with no vaccine and no cure kills hundreds of people; despite containment efforts, it keeps spreading. But it’s actually all too …

Space Program Should Aim for Mars, Says New Report

Expedition 35 Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy completed a five and a half hour spacewalk on May 11, 2013 to inspect and replace a pump controller box on the International Space Station, which was leaking ammonia coolant. Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center After weighing the costs and dangers of human spaceflight against concerns such as …

Americans Shouldn’t Panic About Ebola, Experts Say

Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.Image: CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith Last week, a former Minnesota resident died of Ebola in Nigeria. This week, the what-ifs are rampant. The victim’s wife said her husband had been scheduled to fly to …