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KENEMA, Sierra Leone—Alex Moigboi was panicking. He was preparing to enter the Ebola ward wearing just a pair of gloves and a plastic gown over his scrubs. It was totally inadequate—like a firefighter entering a burning building wearing a pair of Ray-Bans—and Alex knew it. Show More Summary
Here at Wired Science, we're big fans of science graphics. And not just the fancy, big-budget ones, but charts and figures and visualizations: the folk art of scientific imagery. In this gallery are our favorite graphics of the year. The post The Best Science Visualizations of the Year appeared first on WIRED.
This is the final part of a five-part series on the specimen collections at the California Academy of Sciences, and I feel like it’s only appropriate for us to return to our roots with it. So in the gallery above you’ll find the most...Show More Summary
An orangutan named Sandra has become the first non-human animal recognized as a person in a court of law. An Argentine appeals court declared on Friday that the 28-year-old great ape, who is owned by the Buenos Aires Zoo, is a "non-human person" who has been wrongfully deprived of her freedom. Show More Summary
Mercury's shrinking may have abruptly squeezed off volcanic activity that once oozed lava across the planet more than 3.8 billion years ago. The post Mercury Had Volcanic Eruptions Until the Planet Shrank appeared first on WIRED.
It's been a roller-coaster year for science. It started with what looked like a remarkable breakthrough in stem cell science, which was soon followed by a stunning announcement by cosmologists: the first detection of gravitational waves, direct evidence for a popular theory of how the universe began. Show More Summary
A year after tackling how close together prime number pairs can stay, mathematicians have now made the first major advance in 76 years in understanding how far apart primes can be. The post Mathematicians Make a Major Discovery About Prime Numbers appeared first on WIRED.
A feral cat broke into a Russian airport and ate $1,000 worth of seafood, a black bear beat up a Santa Claus, and a tiger released into the wild by Vladimir Putin was caught on camera devouring a pet dog in China for two hours. The post This Week’s Weirdest Wild Animal Encounters appeared first on WIRED.
Treating patients with the deadly Ebola virus takes doctors, drugs, and a whole lot of chlorine. The post Running an Ebola Clinic in Sierra Leone Is All About Containment—And Chlorine appeared first on WIRED.
Here are some of the maps we came across this year that captivated us with their brains, their beauty, and in many cases, both. The post Our Favorite Maps of the Year Cover Everything From Bayous to Bullet Trains appeared first on WIRED.
The bizarre assassin spiders of Australia, South America, and Madagascar hunt other spiders. By deploying their jaws out 90 degrees from their necks, they can impale prey, inject venom, and let them dangle there to die, all without getting bitten themselves. Show More Summary
New research from NASA shows that the Arctic Ocean has been steadily getting more energy from the sun over the past fifteen years. The post Satellite Map Shows Evidence of Dangerous Arctic Warming Feedback Loop appeared first on WIR...
SAN FRANCISCO—Saturn’s moon Titan is a wet world, the only other place in the solar system that we know has flowing liquid on its surface. The colorful geomorphic map (above left) combines radar and topographic data of Titan’s north pole to show different features around a large sea called Ligeia Mare. Show More Summary
Using a model of the tides and currents in the San Francisco Bay, a trio of Dutch programmers recreated the night that three prisoners escaped from Alcatraz. The post This Map Shows How Alcatraz Escapees Could Have Survived appeared first on WIRED.
While beetles alone make up one in four animal species on Earth, the group they belong to, the invertebrates (animals lacking backbones), comprise 96 percent of all species. The post The Weird and Wonderful Spineless Critters That Basically Rule the Planet appeared first on WIRED.
SAN FRANCISCO—The Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has released more images of the comet, including the first picture snapped by the Philae lander after its first bounce. The team discussed the images today, here at the American Geophysical Union meeting. Show More Summary
Scientists waging war against Ebola are mining a cache of microscopic weapons hidden in Ebola survivors’ blood. Made by the immune system, the weapons are antibodies, small proteins that target and neutralize invading virus particles. Show More Summary
Breathing is so universal and continuous that it can be easy to forget about—until we can’t do it anymore. Then it becomes symbolic of life itself. We take special note of words that are carried on final breaths, and sometimes we even cherish the physical substance of the breaths themselves. Show More Summary
SAN FRANCISCO—An asteroid-mining company has unveiled plans for a new mothership spacecraft designed to carry a dozen small probes to explore asteroids, comets, or even the moon. The mothership, designed by Deep Space Industries, is about 3 feet in diameter and 1.5 feet tall, weighing about 330 pounds. Show More Summary
It’s hard to overstate just how brilliant and huge an idea Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection was and continues to be. It absolutely rocked Victorian England, to the extent that stuffy old Victorian England could be rocked past people just barely raising their voices in polite protest. Show More Summary