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How did the Ebola outbreak start? It likely started at a funeral in Sierra Leone

The current Ebola outbreak sweeping through West Africa likely began at the funeral of a healer in Sierra Leone.

“The funeral was for an herbalist or traditional medicine practitioner in Koindu, a town in Sierra Leone,” says Robert Garry, professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane University. 263 more words

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Ebola virus threatens chocolate in Ivory Coast

Ebola is threatening much of the world’s chocolate supply.

Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of cacao, the raw ingredient in M&M’s, Butterfingers and Snickers Bars, has shut down its borders with Liberia and Guinea, putting a major crimp on the workforce needed to pick the beans that end up in chocolate bars and other treats just as the harvest season begins. 429 more words

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Dandelion Wine, Summer Morning, Summer Night, and Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury

Dandelion Wine

Dandelion Wine is a 1957 novel by Ray Bradbury, taking place in the summer of 1928 in the fictional town of Green Town, Illinois, based upon Bradbury’s childhood home of Waukegan, Illinois. 554 more words

R J Dent

Mosquito and Chikungunya cartoon, humor

This is what it looks like when I come out of my house in the mornings. Serious attack by Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes during the chikungunya… 10 more words

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Happy Birthday, P.G. Wodehouse

‘P. G. Wodehouse was born on 15 October 1881, at 1 Vale Place, Epsom Road Guildford  in Guildford’ begins Frances Donaldson in her 1982 Authorized Biography, summing the matter up rather neatly. 267 more words

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Penelope Farmer

Penelope Farmer is a British writer of books for children and adults.

 

Penelope Farmer was born as a fraternal twin in Westerham, Kent, on 14 June 1939. 502 more words

R J Dent

Music City, Tennessee: Four Sweet Days in Nashville.

I’ve been in Nashville twice before and, on both occasions, had an absolute blast. Nashville is one of those cities which is world-renowned for one thing, (commercial Country and Western music), and in reality, much more complex and endearing than its own stereotype. 655 more words

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