Category Archives: News

Ebola

ebola

With all the news about the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa at the moment, I thought you might like to know a little more about the disease. – Deskarati Ebola virus disease (EVD) or Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) is a … Continue reading

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First female winner for Fields maths medal

An Iranian mathematician working in the US has become the first ever female winner of the celebrated Fields Medal. In a landmark hailed as “long overdue”, Prof Maryam Mirzakhani was recognised for her work on complex geometry. Four of the … Continue reading

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Remote tribe members enter another village, catch flu

Advocates for indigenous tribes are worried over incidents last month when some members of one of the last uncontacted tribes in the Peru/Brazil region, across borders, left their home in Peru and entered the village across the border, making contact … Continue reading

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Giant Granny Walks Around Liverpool

Thousands of people have lined Liverpool’s streets to welcome three giant marionettes, which will tell the story of the city during World War One. A grandma giant set off in search for a her giant granddaughter and giant pet dog Xolo … Continue reading

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Giant hole appears at ‘the end of the world’

A mysterious crater has appeared at the “end of the world” in Siberia, leaving a pit 80m wide and so deep it has not yet been measured. Researchers are being dispatched to investigate the hole, which has confounded scientists with … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday NHS

NHS

The NHS is the health service of the United Kingdom, the  majority of which is free at the point of use for people legally resident. The Labour Government elected in 1945 had made manifesto commitments to implement the recommendations of the … Continue reading

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Ballet makes Glastonbury debut

The English National Ballet has made its debut at the Glastonbury festival. It was the first act to take to the stage on Sunday, following Metallica’s headline set on Saturday. The company performed Akram Khan’s Dust, a piece commemorating the … Continue reading

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Cosmic inflation: Confidence lowered for Big Bang signal

Scientists who claimed to have found a pattern in the sky left by the super-rapid expansion of space just fractions of a second after the Big Bang say they are now less confident of their result. The BICEP2 Collaboration used … Continue reading

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Longitude Prize 2014

Physicist Professor Brian Cox on the launch of a new 2014 “Longitude Challenge”, to solve problems posed to the scientific community, and to the public at large to solve. The original Longitude challenge was won by watch/clock builder John Harrison, he … Continue reading

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Happy Earth Day

EarthDay

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than … Continue reading

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Researchers uncover likely creator of Bitcoin

The primary author of the celebrated Bitcoin paper, and therefore probable creator of Bitcoin, is most likely Nick Szabo, a blogger and former George Washington University law professor, according to students and researchers at Aston University’s Centre for Forensic Linguistics … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse global flight plane unveiled

The team behind the Solar Impulse project – a mission to fly around the world in a plane powered only by the sun – has revealed the plane in which the pilots will make their attempt. Its predecessor, Solar Impulse … Continue reading

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Throat of Fire

throat of fire

Tungurahua the Ecuadorian smoker named after the Quechua for throat of fire has been erupting on and off since 1999 and on Friday evening 10km plume of hot ash was ejected from the vent into the atmosphere resulting in some pyroclastic … Continue reading

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Stem cell scientist ‘guilty of misconduct’

As a rule we only bring you enlightening information here on Deskarati, but occasionally we find something that is so important we break our own guidelines. This story is important, it shows the negative side of science. It is imperative … Continue reading

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Lost German Survives on Flies in Australian Outback

Stranded by floods and lost, a German backpacker survived for around two weeks in Australia’s inhospitable Outback on a diet of insects, police said Friday. Daniel Dudzisz, 26, went missing in February south-west of Longreach in remote Queensland as he reportedly … Continue reading

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Elon Musk’s massive bet on batteries

With a plan to build the world’s largest lithium-ion battery factory, Elon Musk continues his long bet against all the incumbents around him: rival car companies, battery-makers and the scientific establishment. The wager is based on two big assumptions: that no one … Continue reading

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UK storms: ‘Global chain reaction’ behind bad weather

Parts of the UK have suffered months of heavy rain, strong winds and severe flooding, but what is behind the storms?

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Near Miss

Dramatic pictures have been released showing the destruction wrought by a huge boulder that smashed through a farm in Northern Italy after being dislodged by a landslide.The massive rock narrowly missed a farm house, destroyed a barn, and stopped in … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Pete Seeger

Folk Singer Pete Seeger has died at the age of 94, following six days in the hospital. Seeger was known for singing iconic songs such as “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn Turn Turn” and “Where Have All the Flowers … Continue reading

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Amazon Wants to Ship Your Package Before You Buy It

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Amazon.com knows you so well it wants to ship your next package before you order it. The Seattle retailer in December gained a patent for what it calls “anticipatory shipping,” a method to start delivering packages even before customers click “buy.” … Continue reading

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