This Week In Science: Ebola (and Fear) Spreads, a Mighty Little Pulsar, and the 2014 Nobel Prizes

October 10, 2014 2:31 PM

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This Week In Science: Ebola (and Fear) Spreads, a Mighty Little Pulsar, and the 2014 Nobel Prizes

Nobel Prizes were awarded to the scientists who discovered the brain's GPS system, invented the blue LED, and found new ways to make microscopes see even tinier objects. Researchers think they've spotted the footprint of a Majorana fermion, a particle made of both matter and antimatter. Killer whales were found capable of imitating dolphin noises. Astronomers discovered a pulsar--a rotating dead star--that packs a mass equivalent to our sun in an area the size of San Francisco and emits X-rays with the energy of about 10 million suns; it's the brightest pulsar ever detected.

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, passed away. Five major U.S. airports introduced increased Ebola screening, despite public health experts' concerns that the type of screening proposed is historically ineffective, that screening wouldn't catch patients ...

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