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Sep 25, 2014
Sep 25, 2014

Nobel Prize science predictions see honors for pain, LEDs and more

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Scientists who discovered phenomena as different as the molecular mechanisms of pain, organic light-emitting diodes that illuminate mobile phones and a new quantum state of matter are top contenders for Nobel prizes next month, according to an annual analysis by Thomson Reuters.

The predictions announced on Thursday come from the Intellectual Property & Science unit of Thomson Reuters (which also owns the Reuters news service). Since 2002, it has accurately predicted 35 Nobel laureates, including nine who won in the year of the forecast and 16 who won within two years.

Sep 24, 2014

White House tells universities to police work on dangerous pathogens

CHICAGO/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday charged U.S. universities with policing their research on dangerous pathogens that could be used both for legitimate purposes and for biowarfare or bioterrorism.

The long-awaited guidelines, issued by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, lay out a framework for university safety review boards to identify research that falls into this category, known as “dual use research of concern.”

Sep 23, 2014

U.S. forecasts more than 500,000 Ebola cases in West Africa

NEW YORK/GENEVA, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Global experts issued
stark new warnings of the scale of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak
on Tuesday, with the U.S. government estimating between 550,000
and 1.4 million people might be infected in the region by
January.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
said its projection was based on data from late August and did
not take into account a planned U.S. mission to fight the
disease, so the upper end of the forecast was unlikely.

Sep 23, 2014

Ebola cases could reach 550,000 to 1.4 million by late January: CDC

By Sharon Begley

(Reuters) – Between 550,000 and 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected with the Ebola virus by January 20, 2015, according to a study published on Tuesday by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The top range of the estimate, 1.4 million, assumes that the number of cases, 5,864 according to the count kept by the World Health Organization, is significantly underreported, and that it is likely that 2.5 times as many cases, or about 15,000, have in fact occurred.

Sep 23, 2014

Ebola cases could reach 550,000 to 1.4 mln by late Jan -CDC

Sept 23 (Reuters) – Between 550,000 and 1.4 million people
in West Africa could be infected with the Ebola virus by January
20, 2015, according to a study published on Tuesday by
researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC).

The top range of the estimate, 1.4 million, assumes that the
number of cases, 5,864 according to the count kept by the World
Health Organization, is significantly underreported, and that it
is likely that 2.5 times as many cases, or about 15,000, have in
fact occurred.

Sep 23, 2014
Sep 22, 2014
Sep 20, 2014

Bill Clinton says must ‘do whatever it takes’ to fight Ebola

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – New initiatives from the United States, Britain, France and other countries to help fight the Ebola epidemic that has been spreading exponentially in West Africa marked a “good beginning,” former President Bill Clinton said on Saturday, but said the world will need to do more.

“We’re still a little behind the curve but we’re getting there,” Clinton told reporters in a conference call, a day before his charity, the Clinton Global Initiative, was set to begin its 10th annual meeting in New York.

Sep 18, 2014
    • About Sharon

      "After covering science and medicine at Newsweek, then the Wall Street Journal, then Newsweek again, I joined Reuters in 2012 to report on neuroscience, genetics, cognitive science, and other research. My books have focused on the brain: 2007's Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain (the first popular account of the revolution in neuroplasticity), and 2012's The Emotional Life of Your Brain (with Richard J. Davidson)."
      Joined Reuters:
      2012
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      The Emotional Life of Your Brain (2012)
      Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain (2007)
      The Mind and the Brain (2002)
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