The Recovering Americans and the ‘Top Secret’ Ebola Treatment

Because Kent Brantly is a physician who has watched people die of Ebola, there was an especially chilling prescience to his assessment last week, between labored breaths: “I am going to die.” His condition was grave. But then on Saturday, we saw images of Brantly’s heroic return to U.S. soil, walking with minimal assistance fromContinue reading “The Recovering Americans and the ‘Top Secret’ Ebola Treatment”

Mysterious fever virus reported in Guinea

By Susanna Capelouto, CNN Since February 49 people have gotten sick and 29 have died from an unidentified illness characterized by fever, diarrhea and vomiting in Guinea, according to the West African nation’s minister of health, Remy Lamah. Lamah said initial test results confirm the presence of a viral hemorrhagic fever, which according to theContinue reading “Mysterious fever virus reported in Guinea”

New research shows that elephants know how dangerous people are from how they speak

When an elephant killed a Maasai woman collecting firewood near Kenya’s Amboseli National Park in 2007, a group of young Maasai men retaliated by spearing one of the animals. “It wasn’t the one that had killed the woman, says Graeme Shannon, a behavioral ecologist at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins. “It was just theContinue reading “New research shows that elephants know how dangerous people are from how they speak”

Bonobos facing extinction

The rare Bonobo ape – formerly known as the pygmy chimpanzee – faces a serious menace to its continued survival due to the activities of humans, scientists say. The bonobo is perhaps most widely known for being one of the few species apart from some humans (and as it turns out, fruitbats) to routinely performContinue reading “Bonobos facing extinction”

Malcom Gladwell: “In athletic competitions, what qualifies as a sporting chance?”

Toward the end of “The Sports Gene” (Penguin/Current), David Epstein makes his way to a remote corner of Finland to visit a man named Eero Mäntyranta. Mäntyranta lives in a small house next to a lake, among the pine and spruce trees north of the Arctic Circle. He is in his seventies. There is aContinue reading “Malcom Gladwell: “In athletic competitions, what qualifies as a sporting chance?””

Study: Early humans loved to eat brains

Early members of the human family enjoyed digging into the heads of antelope and wildebeests. Sets of animal bones recently unearthed in Kenya, believed to be the earliest evidence of hominid hunting, show previous members of the human family enjoyed digging into the heads of antelope and wildebeests, as well as snacking on gazelle meat.Continue reading “Study: Early humans loved to eat brains”

Man believed to be dead woke up during his own funeral in Zimbabwe.

Mourners at a recent funeral in Zimbabwe were caught by surprise when the guest of honor sat up in his coffin. According to local reports, 34-year-old Brighton Dama Zanthe, the seemingly dead man, woke up last week while friends and family prepared to pay their respects at his home in Gweru. “I was the firstContinue reading “Man believed to be dead woke up during his own funeral in Zimbabwe.”

600 year old Chinese coin discovered on Kenyan island shows trade existed between China and East Africa much earlier than previously thought

Scientists have unearthed a 600-year-old Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda that shows trade existed between China and east Africa decades before European explorers set sail and changed the map of the world. A joint expedition of scientists led by Chapurukha M. Kusimba of The Field Museum and Sloan R. Williams of theContinue reading “600 year old Chinese coin discovered on Kenyan island shows trade existed between China and East Africa much earlier than previously thought”

Ancient urine provides clues to Africa’s past

When it comes to peering into Africa’s climate past, the ancient homes of hyraxes are number one. Paleoclimatologists typically dig up muddy core samples and analyze their pollen content for clues to long-ago weather, but parts of southern and central Africa are too dry to preserve such evidence. Enter the rock hyrax (Procavia capensis) (inset),Continue reading “Ancient urine provides clues to Africa’s past”

Ancient Lost Continent Discovered in Indian Ocean

Evidence of a drowned “microcontinent” has been found in sand grains from the beaches of a small Indian Ocean island, scientists say. A well-known tourist destination, Mauritius (map) is located about 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) off the coast of Africa, east of Madagascar. Scientists think the tiny island formed some nine million years ago fromContinue reading “Ancient Lost Continent Discovered in Indian Ocean”