2012 YEAR IN REVIEW
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- Neeson returns to dark side with new cop thriller
- Could Ebola Become Airborne?
The Ebola virus is currently causing a devastating and unprecedented outbreak in West Africa, but could the virus create a doomsday scenario by turning airborne? Last week, Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, published an op-ed in The New York Times in which he argued that the ability of Ebola to become airborne is a real risk that virologists don't like to talk about publicly. Although it's theoretically possible that Ebola could become airborne, "it's pretty unlikely," said Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious-disease physician at the University of Pittsburgh. The Ebola virus does mutate, or change its genetic material,, fairly frequently, but this does not necessarily mean it can become airborne, Adalja said.
- Moscow warns against panic as ruble plunges to historic lows
- Modern Europeans descended from three groups
- Fed, Yellen keep ‘considerable time,’ miss great opportunity
The FOMC statement, released Wednesday afternoon at 2:00pm, was a considerable disappointment to Fed watchers who were hoping for an indication of when Fed Chair Janet Yellen would raise short-term interest rates, which are currently near 0%. The language that would indicate a change boiled down to two words, “considerable time,” which the Fed decided to retain. Under current guidance, most Federal Reserve heads believe the first rate hikes won’t begin until 2015.
- Number of websites explodes past a billion (and counting)
- Tycoon buys 30 Rolls-Royces for Macau hotel
- Walker's allies rush to aid Wisconsin GOP governor