Researchers in the U.K. say they've made a major breakthrough in the war on the "superbugs" that often plague hospitals. It's an antibacterial gel that uses natural proteins to kill them. Read more
In response to rumors circulating about how the deadly Ebola virus can spread, the World Health Organization is making a point of telling people that Ebola--unlike colds or the flu--cannot be transmitted through the air and is not likely to spread through people traveling. Read more
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Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
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Two scientific papers outlining the process of natural selection are jointly published in the Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London. One is an abstract written by a well-known scientist, Charles Darwin; the other is an essay by a lesser-known naturalist named Alfred Russel Wallace. Independently of each other, they have developed a theory of how species evolve. Few in the scientific community take notice at first, but a year later Darwin will publish his landmark book, On the Origin of Species. While Wallace goes on to become a celebrated scientist, it is Darwin who will forever be associated with the theory of evolution. Get the full story.