Ebola — which first appeared in 1976 in the Congo and Sudan — is a brutal virus, with some strains killing up to 90 percent of people infected. People infected with Ebola, which is transmitted through bodily fluids such as blood, vomit, and diarrhea, can remain symptomless for between 2 and 21 days before being stricken with flu-like symptoms, diarrhea, and vomiting which can lead to the hemorrhaging of the eyes, mouth, and internal organs.
The current outbreak in West Africa is the biggest yet, killing 672 people since February, including at least two American citizens. The disease could potentially start spreading even faster after a Liberian man infected with the virus was allowed to board a plane that made a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and died in Lagos, the world's fourth most populous city.
Some even worry that the disease could spread to the U.S. after the wife and children of a Texan doctor who came down with the virus were allowed to fly back to America. CDC director Tom Frieden says the CDC is ready for the possibility: "We do not anticipate this will spread in the U.S. if an infected person is hospitalized here, but we are taking action now by alerting healthcare workers in the U.S. and reminding them how to isolate and test suspected patients while following strict infection control procedures."
The only happy news is that the disease is showing signs of becoming more treatable. Deborah-Fay Ndhlovu of Nature points to a 2012 study that showed that "monkeys infected with Ebola have been cured by a cocktail of three antibodies first administered 24 hours or more after exposure. The result raises hopes that a future treatment could improve the chances of humans surviving the disease caused by the deadly virus."
But sadly, even if this research leads to an effective human treatment, a cure in monkeys is no use to humans infected today. John Aziz
Fighting broke out Monday between protesters and police in Baltimore just hours after the funeral for Freddie Gray, the unarmed black man who died after suffering a spinal injury in police custody.
At least seven officers sustained injuries while scuffling with protesters, and one was left unresponsive, police said in a press conference. Footage from the demonstrations showed groups of young protesters throwing rocks, bricks, and other objects at lines of officers in riot gear.
All out war between kids and police pic.twitter.com/19y4YJ2Y5X
— Erica L. Green (@EricaLG) April 27, 2015
Police responded with tear gas and other non-lethal tools and said they would continue to crack down on violent demonstrations. Jon Terbush
As much as we'd like to think we are all special snowflakes who do our jobs with a certain flair that makes us irreplaceable, the unfortunate truth is that cold, hard machinery could replace many of us humans — and it would probably save employers a ton of money.
A new report co-written by Oxford University academics and Nesta, a London-based nonprofit research group, found that less than a quarter (21 percent) of all 702 categorized occupations in the U.S. were deemed creative enough to likely evade an impending robot takeover. Here are the top five jobs with the least likelihood that they will become automated in the near future, via The Wall Street Journal:
1. Translators and interpreters (5.8 percent)
2. Performing artists (7 percent)
3. Radio broadcasters (7.7 percent)
4. Film and TV producers (8 percent)
5. R&D on natural sciences (10.9 percent)
While artsy occupations bring a human charm that will be tough for robots to replicate, many employees in agriculture and manufacturing are in grave danger of being made redundant by machines. If you're in one of the fields below, you may want to check over your shoulder to make sure a robot isn't coming to snatch up your job:
1. Peat extractors (100 percent)
2 .Motion picture projectionists (97 percent)
3. Copper producers (70.7 percent)
4. Mailing list publishers (69 percent)
5. Bartenders (67.5 percent)
Perhaps the most troubling thing about the list above is the inclusion of bartenders, who, according to the study, could easily be replaced by robots in the near future. If that's the case, do you think robots do buybacks? Samantha Rollins
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says it is "ridiculous and absurd" to argue there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
"There isn't such a right," Rubio said in a weekend interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network.
"You would have to really have a ridiculous and absurd reading of the U.S. Constitution to reach the conclusion that people have a right to marry someone of the same sex," Rubio added.
Bringing your kids to work has its benefits.
Seven-year-old Diego Suarez was playing outside with his sister while his parents, both geologists, studied rock formations in the Andes in southern Chile. As they were playing, Suarez uncovered a fossilized dinosaur bone, which turned out to belong to a previously unknown species.
Paleontologists called to the site eventually discovered bones from more than a dozen dinosaurs, including four near-complete skeletons, The Guardian reports. The scientists named the species Chilesaurus diegosuarezi, after its location and the boy who discovered it. Most of the Chilesaurus remains are from animals roughly the size of turkeys, though the species could reach almost 10 feet in length.
— The Independent (@Independent) April 27, 2015
The Chilesaurus, which lived about 145 million years ago, during the Jurassic Period, is an enigma among dinosaurs — it's a relative of the T-rex, a carnivorous species, but the Chilesaurus was a plant-eater. The Chilesaurus' anatomy is also odd, Phys.org reports, because its skull and feet are more typical of long-necked dinosaurs than of tyrannosaurs.
The new species could change the way scientists look at bird evolution, too — the Chilesaurus is part of the theropod group, the ancestors to birds. The Chilesaurus proves that some theropods adapted meat-free diets much earlier than was previously believed, Phys.org notes. Meghan DeMaria
ESPN on Monday filed suit against Verizon, alleging the communications giant violated its contract with the network by offering customers smaller, categorized subscription packages.
"We simply ask that Verizon abide by the terms of our contracts," ESPN said in a statement.
In a bid to lure cord-cutters and others interested in cheaper cable deals, Verizon debuted custom subscription plans this month that allow customers to purchase channels in genre-specific tiers, such as sports, entertainment, and kids. "Consumers have spoken loud and clear that they want choice, and the industry should be focused on giving consumers what they want," a Verizon spokesperson said in response to the suit, adding the company was "well within our rights under our agreements." Jon Terbush
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) insists she is not running for president — but that doesn't mean she has no impact on the race.
Simply by remaining a vocal, visible progressive on major issues — Wall Street influence, international trade, student loan debt — Warren can shape the presidential debate from the outside. At least that's what Warren's camp is hoping, with one adviser telling The New Yorker Warren can "get [Clinton] on record and hold her feet to the fire."
"I think she's in a beautiful position right now," the adviser told the magazine, "because she can get Hillary to do whatever the hell she wants."
Google has released its first-ever trend report, offering its insight into which fashion trends are on the way out and which are here to stay.
The report looks at how often certain clothing styles are Googled to predict how popular they'll be that season. Not all searches are created equal, though: Google differentiates between "sustained growth" trends, such as jogger pants, which saw significant search increase in the past year, versus "seasonal growth" and "rising stars," trends, which only have "fleeting" search popularity. Examples in the latter category include kale sweatshirts, which are already on their way out.
Not only will Google's report help you stick the landing with your next #OOTD Instagram post, it also has immense value to retailers worldwide. The New York Times reports that Google executives can share trend information with fast-fashion retailers to help them determine what products customers want.
Even if you're not into fashion, the Google report has one tidbit everyone can take joy in: "Normcore" and "'90s jeans" are on the decline. Meghan DeMaria