On 7 August 2014, the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency. Over 1,000 people have died in the deadliest Ebola outbreak since the virus’s discovery in 1976.
In response to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, …
I like to think this is what a medieval blogger would look like: a tired-looking individual seated at an uncomfortable desk quilling down blogs - with his head stuck in a space helmet. Blogging may be a modern activity, the parallel with the medieval scribe is not that strange when you consider that he, too, wrote things he was passionate about. Also, while his reach was perhaps much smaller (relatively few people could read back then) he also aimed to captivate his audience. And he, too, made sure that the message looked attractive visually, as the decoration on this very medieval page shows. Remarkably, scribal portraits like this are usually found on the opening page of the book. It is as if the most important factor in a text’s existence was deliberately put up front: remember, dear reader, the joy you are about to have was paid for by my sweat and tears.
One year ago today, scientist from our Museum of Natural History announced the discovery of a new mammal species—the olinguito. Looking like a cross between a cat and a teddy bear, it was destined to become a media sensation. In fact, its widespread publicity has helped scientists learn even more about this species in the past year. Citizen scientists have sent in photos of the elusive animal that lives in the cloud forests of the Andes Mountains, helping scientists understand where it lives, what it eats and how it lives.
No actors have been named so far, although some people are already speculating that Howard Charles may be considered for the lead. He’s known for playing the role of Porthos on the BBC’s Three Musketeers: