Ebola Virus Outbreak Fear in Sierra Leone, West Africa spreads to Nigeria

Ebola outbreak map

The Ebola outbreak is severe; now concentrated in major African cities which have direct links to the United States through international air routes.

The Washington Wildfires: Carlton Complex Fire and Mills Canyon Complex Blaze

Forest fire season means big ecological change for many Pacific Northwest ecosystems. Photo: ren / CC by 2.0

The Carlton Complex Fire and Mills Canyon Complex blaze are hurting Washington’s ecology- and residents. In this green state, why are so many fires burning?

Recreating 1918-19 Spanish Influenza: New Influenza Pandemic Danger?

If we're hit by another Spanish Flu pandemic, health officials would prefer a vaccine that manufacturers can produce quickly. Image by the U.S. CDC

Could cooking up 1918-19 Spanish Influenza virus accidentally result in a new influenza pandemic? Recent research in virus labs could be risky for all of us.

A New Bubonic Plague Outbreak is Forecast

Skeletons in a mass grave from 1720–1721 in Martigues, France, yielded molecular evidence of the orientalis strain of Yersinia pestis, the organism responsible for bubonic plague. The second pandemic of bubonic plague was active in Europe from AD 1347, the beginning of the Black Death, until 1750. – Photo: Wikipedia

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Studying ancient outbreaks helps scientists predict future epidemics – and the different plague strains they find means that we may be due for another worldwide pandemic.

Humpback Whales are Not All the Same

Should humpback whales be divided into subspecies based on DNA evidence? Image courtesy of NOAA

Migration patterns in humpback whales are so consistent that the different groups have actually separated into subspecies, according to a new study.