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Possible decline in Ebola cases in Liberia

ImageThe World Health Organization says there could be a decline in the rate of Ebola cases in Liberia. The UN health agency made the announcement during a press conference in Geneva.

Ebola Virus

Number of Ebola cases rises above 10,000: UN health agency

More than 10,000 people have now been infected with the Ebola virus, according to the WHO. Medical workers returning to the US are facing tighter controls, while Mali has reported its first Ebola death.


'Saatchi Bill' wants doctors to experiment with drugs on terminal cancer patients

A new law proposed by Lord Saatchi in the UK would protect doctors who use unlicensed drugs on terminal patients. Supporters say it encourages innovation. Critics warn it leaves patients unprotected.


NASA rocket explodes on launchpad

NASA's Antares rocket that was headed for the International Space Station (ISS) has exploded on launch. There were no initial reports that anyone had been hurt, with damage limited to the launch facility.


Hundreds of seals die of avian flu in Germany

Hundreds of dead seals have been washing up on Germany's North Sea coast since the beginning of October. Researchers have now found the cause of death: the avian flu virus.


Myth busted: Sharks have personality quirks

Sharks are loners, ruled by raw instinct, embodying the maxim of "survival of the fittest." Right? Wrong - and three times over. Scientists, however, are only barely scraping the surface of the mysterious hunters.


Apple and Facebook's 'social freezing' may be problematic

It sounds like a generous, socially-minded offer from Apple and Facebook to pay for female employees to have eggs frozen for pregnancy later in life. But it's not without its complications.


Use spiders, use the dark: Why horror films and the Walking Dead are good for you

On Halloween, millions watch horror movies and try to terrorize themselves and anyone close by. Horror expert Mathias Clasen tells DW horror is good for us - and offers tips on scaring people silly.


Preserved specimens: inside a scientific storehouse of natural history treasures

It may be stuffed lions and dinosaur skeletons that draw us to natural history museums, but they are also vast storehouses of scientific specimens, the majority of which the public never gets to see.


'Math is the sexiest science around'

Benedikt Wirth, among Germany's most renowned mathematicians, just received a German research award to the tune of one million euros. He talks to DW about the usefulness of math, chalkboards (really), and organ shaping.

Nobel Laureates

Breaking good: 2014 chemistry Nobel Laureates broke barriers in light microscopy

For over a century, scientists believed it was impossible to see viruses and single molecules with a microscope. But three researchers broke through this "physical limit" and are now Nobel Laureates.

Nobel Laureates

Let there be blue light: blue LEDs take the 2014 Nobel Prize for Physics

Energy-saving light-emitting diodes have conquered the world. Diodes for red and green light have been on the market for 50 years. But blue was a huge challenge - until three Japanese physicists came along.


Discovery of 'brain GPS' places neuroscientists in league of Nobel laureates

Men are said to be better than women at creating maps in their brains. But as the three winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Medicine show, even mice have brain cells for navigation.

Nobel Laureates

Nobel laureate Moser: 'We built our lab from scratch. It's like our third child'

Edvard Moser, one of this year's winners of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine talks to DW about his research, working with his wife, May-Britt Moser, and their "third child" - their lab.