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Editor, columnist and podcaster for Scientific American @sciam magazine. Opinions expressed are my own and are subject to revision with new information.

View From Ebola's Front Lines — Scientific American health and medicine correspondent Dina Fine Maron talks with Armand Sprecher of Doctors Without Borders, who has fought Ebola in Guinea and Liberia. And Steve talks Ebola with Stanford's David Relman, chair of the Forum on Microbial Threats of the Institute of Medicine.

"We Are On The Comet!" — Some sounds from the Rosetta Mission team today after they succeeded in landing on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Steve Mirsky reports. "Philae is talking to us. First things he told us was that the landing gear has been moved inside, so we are sitting on the surface. Philae is talking to us, more data to come."

Protected Areas Get Short Shrift — Protected land and sea areas serve the wildlife within them, as well as the humans who live near them. But countries are backtracking on their financial commitments to these vital regions. Steve Mirsky reports. "If they're well-managed and well-financed, protected areas are incredible for wildlife conservation."

Ebola Expert Update — Scientific American health and medicine correspondent Dina Fine Maron talks about Ebola with tropical medicine and infectious disease expert Daniel Bausch of Tulane University at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Half-Century Anniversary of a Mars Mishap — November 5th marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of Mariner 3, America's first mission to Mars, which was lost in space. Steve Mirsky reports. In recent days, both the unmanned Antares rocket and the Virgin Galactic space plane had catastrophic failures. Because space is a very risky business.

Plan Now for Future Ebola Outbreaks — Diagnostics, vaccines and new drugs could vastly improve the way future Ebola outbreaks manifest in Africa, according to emerging infectious disease expert Jeremy Farrar. Steve Mirsky reports. "Classic public health, isolation and respect and dignity for the people infected, and respect and dignity if individuals do die that they're buried in appropriate manner, is absolutely critical to bringing this epidemic under control."

Ebola Efforts Helped By Flu Shots — Should ebola continue to crop up in the U.S., having fewer people coming to emergency rooms with the similar symptoms of flu will help the public health system respond. Steve Mirsky reports.

Science Sailing near the 60th Parallel — A late summer science trip in the 49th state Meyer Landsman, the Sitka, Alaska-based protagonist of Michael Chabon's award-winning novel The Yiddish Policemen's Union, "swayed in the canvas webbing of the weary old 206."

Coyote Size Forces Smartness — Topping out at about 20 kilograms, a coyote has to be able to hunt both smaller and bigger prey, and avoid being prey itself, a combination that selects for intelligence. Steve Mirsky reports. Coyotes. In the last two decades they've become common in almost every North American metropolitan area.

Cemetery Science: The Geology of Mausoleums — For Halloween, we take a tour of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, N.Y., with geologist Sidney Horenstein and Woodlawn expert Susan Olsen, concentrating on the geology of the rock used in the memorials. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news.
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Nov 23, 2014

@mims Tried to see the Rose of Stamboul that day, but I couldn't get close to the theater.

Nov 22, 2014

RT @johnmcquaid: A cartoon that impressively manages to be tone deaf both to history & the meaning of Thanksgiving via @tomscocca http://t.…

Nov 22, 2014

RT @FrankConniff: So there was a Benghazi scandal after all - the exploitation of dead Americans by Fox News and the GOP for political gain.

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