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Neuroscientist David Edelman on Paradigm Shift (YES) and Origin of '3D Organismal Form'

Suzan Mazur | Posted 08.28.2015 | Science
Suzan Mazur

"The eye in the octopus is a perfect entrée to the notion of a sophisticated suite of neural function and behaviors that in many ways seem to converge in nature and complexity on those of vertebrates."

Riding the Evolution Paradigm Shift With Eugene Koonin

Suzan Mazur | Posted 05.11.2015 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Eugene Koonin is director of the Evolutionary Genomics Group at the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as its senior investigator. He is also senior investigator at the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.

František Baluška: Evolutionary Science 'Stuck' on Wrong Track, Situation 'Out of Control'

Suzan Mazur | Posted 06.13.2015 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Plants arrive much later in evolutionary history than animals -- hundreds of millions of years later. And Baluška thinks they arose as a result of the symbiosis of fungi and algae. He argues, contrary to the standard view, that rooted plants are not "advanced algae."

The 7 Germiest Items You Probably Touch Every Single Day

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Linda Rodgers | Posted 03.12.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com You expect germs to lurk in the obvious places—the toilet bowl, the trashcans, the floors. But there’s a slew of ...

2014: The Year of the Virus

Joan B. Rose | Posted 03.14.2015 | Science
Joan B. Rose

The year of the virus may just turn into the Decade of The Virus. A major effort is needed in the scientific community to educate a global cadre of the next generation of virologists, to explore and to illuminate the world of viruses as we learn about who they are, what they are doing and how we control them.

What You Are Not Hearing About Ebola

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

At least 30 experts were unable to attend the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference in New Orleans these past few days, as the ...

I on Beauty: Chapter 9: Illnesses You Should Worry About More than Ebola

Irene Michaels | Posted 12.29.2014 | Fifty
Irene Michaels

The biggest news outlets have been reeling with Ebola horror stories for weeks now, and while this terrible virus is certainly cause for alarm in West Africa (and precaution elsewhere), the risk to North Americans currently remains quite low.

What Next For The Ebola Outbreak? Here's What The Math Says

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 10.06.2014 | Science

Everyone's talking about Ebola--and no wonder, now that the deadly disease has been diagnosed in the U.S. for the first time ever. Will the mini-o...

Anna Almendrala

The Key To Fighting Ebola May Come From A Tobacco Plant

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living

If the experimental Ebola therapy ZMapp proves effective, defeating a rare and deadly virus won’t be the only reason the drug is groundbreaking. It ...

WATCH: The Real Reason We Still Don't Have A Vaccine For Ebola

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 07.30.2014 | Science

More than 600 people have died in a recent outbreak of the Ebola virus raging through Africa -- that even includes doctors caring for patients with th...

Lethal Virus Spreads In Middle East

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 04.14.2014 | World

Saudi Arabia on Sunday confirmed a surge of cases of a deadly virus in the kingdom over the past two weeks, even as it tried to counter criticism that...

Amanda L. Chan

You'll Want To Wash Your Hands Immediately After Reading This

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 02.06.2014 | Healthy Living

Germaphobes, maybe you're on to something. Sickness-causing bacteria and viruses can lurk on surfaces long after they're expelled in an infected p...

LOOK: Under The Microscope, Deadly Viruses Look Absolutely Stunning

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Infectious diseases like AIDS and hepatitis are never pretty. But the pathogens that cause many potentially deadly infections turn out to be absolutel...

At Least 320,000 Viruses Lurk in Mammals, Study Finds

Posted 09.04.2013 | Green

By Megan Gannon, LiveScience News Editor: From West Nile and Ebola to SARS and HIV, most of the emerging infectious diseases that plague humans tod...

7 Ways Your Daily Life Is Absolutely Disgusting

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 08.30.2013 | Healthy Living

There's really no way to avoid it: Life is gross. Even the most mundane things about your everyday life are, if not necessarily dangerous (though some...

Deadly MERS Mystery Maybe Solved: Bats One Up Camels

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. William Karesh

Even if we find the MERS virus living naturally in bats, we do not know how the bug gets into humans -- and luckily it's an extremely rare event.

Weird Organism Points To 'Fourth Domain' Of Life

natureheader | Ed Yong | Posted 07.20.2013 | Science

The organism was initially called NLF, for “new life form”. Jean-Michel Claverie and Chantal Abergel, evolutionary biologists at Aix-Marseille Uni...

Cyber Crime Is Getting Everyone's Attention Now

AP | By PAISLEY DODDS | Posted 02.13.2014 | Technology

LONDON (AP) — International law enforcement agencies say the recent $45 million dollar ATM heist is just one of many scams they're fighting in an un...

Massive Bank Cyber Attack Threat Deemed Credible In New Report

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 12.13.2012 | Money

A potential cyber attack against 30 U.S. banks known as Project Blitzkrieg has been deemed a credible threat by a report released from the security so...

Stalking the Wild Pathogen: Viral Threats to Modern Humanity

Steve Heilig | Posted 12.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Steve Heilig

Writers and filmmakers have long liked apocalyptic stories. But out in the real world, it might well be that the most likely cause of our specie's demise will be a microscopic bug we cannot defeat, and that we vanish, or vastly diminish, not with a bang but a whimper.

WATCH: 60 Seconds of Social Media

Shawn Amos | Posted 09.15.2012 | Technology
Shawn Amos

The DNS Changer virus may not have caused the havoc many expected, but don't get too complacent -- that's just one of a number of nasty viruses and malware out there waiting to get a hold of your system. Is your smartphone next?

Deadly Virus Can Be Vanquished, Monkey Study Shows

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 06.20.2012 | Science

Canadian scientists may be on the verge of finding a cure for Ebola after an experimental drug "cocktail" apparently cured monkeys infected with the d...

Book Review: 'The Fate of the Species'

David Vognar | Posted 08.08.2012 | Books
David Vognar

In describing the most pressing dangers to the human species, Fred Guterl spends considerable time talking about climate change, though he believes that viruses pose probably the most direct threat to humans.

WATCH: Bug-Like Virus Stabs Germs With Tiny Needle

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 04.12.2012 | Science

It's the smallest armor-piercing weapon in the biological universe. That's how some have described the microscopic "needle" that a family of odd-l...

The Autism Vaccine Controversy and the Need for Responsible Science Journalism

Seth Mnookin | Posted 03.05.2012 | Science
Seth Mnookin

The seemingly never-ending contraction of the media industry has resulted in a shedding of specialists in every journalistic medium. That does not, however, mean that the public's hunger for information about science, medicine and technology is shrinking.