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Cheap Drinking Water From The Sun, Aided By A Pop Of Pencil Shavings

Engineers have developed a low-cost material that efficiently sterilizes and desalinates water using only solar energy. The secret to the new technology is likely sitting right on your desk.

A Coming-Out Party For The Humble Pawpaw, Native Fruit Darling

Ever seen a pawpaw in the supermarket? Didn't think so. Chris Chmiel wants to change that by growing and promoting the mangolike fruit. He also helped organize the upcoming Ohio Pawpaw Festival.

A Disappointing Jobs Report May Mask Economy's Strength

The latest labor report indicates a slowdown in job growth, but many economists aren't buying it. They say other data paint a stronger picture, but the jobs numbers may delay higher interest rates.

Science On Diets Is Low In Essential Information

The diet industry generates billions of dollars annually, but it is built on razor-thin evidence about what is best for any person. And it's likely that one diet type doesn't fit all.

Lights, Camera, College? Goucher College Introduces Video Applications

Soon Goucher's admissions office will plow through thousands of essays, recommendations and, for the first time, video applications.

Can Body Cameras 'Civilize' Police Encounters?

Police in Ferguson, Mo., started wearing video cameras this week. What effect do they have on behavior? A criminologist reviews the (preliminary) evidence.

The Latest Word From WHO On Experimental Ebola Therapies

Vaccinations and therapeutics are being tested. Some could be available for use as early as November, if they prove to be safe.

Building Me: A Puzzlement

I am made of atoms 7,000 trillion trillion of them. How did I teach them to tie my shoes? Or did they teach me?

A Diplomat Infects A Doctor As Ebola Spreads In Nigeria

The diplomat violated a quarantine. The doctor became ill but still saw patients. Now Africa's most populous country is scrambling to find more than 200 people who could have Ebola.