This Week in Science: Dirty Rats, Moon Volcanoes, and the Hottest September Ever

October 17, 2014 4:23 PM

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This Week in Science: Dirty Rats, Moon Volcanoes, and the Hottest September Ever

Researchers determined that the giant, rabbit-faced ancestors of modern kangaroos probably did not hop, linked fracking to hundreds of earthquakes in Ohio, and found 18 new viruses (along with disease-causing viruses like salmonella) in a sample of New York City rats. The CDC issued stricter (but still voluntary) guidelines for American hospitals dealing with Ebola patients, now recommending protective suits that cover the neck as well as the head. The first Uranus-like exoplanet was discovered in a twin star system 25,000 light-years away from Earth.

This September was the warmest seen since records began in 1880. The 20th century's sea level rise of 20 centimeters (7.8 inches) is unmatched by any period in the last 6,000 years. The Dust Bowl drought in the 1930s was the worst in North America in the past 1,000 years. Tornado patterns have chang...

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