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Superluminal Speeds, Health Systems, and Spectacular Star Deaths: NOVA Next Week in Review

ByAllison EckNOVA NextNOVA Next

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This Week’s NOVA Next Feature

Strings attached to development aid have helped hollow out the health systems of Ebola-affected countries.

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Sophie Harman reports the story as part of our ongoing collaboration with The GroundTruth Project on a multi-part investigation called Next Outbreak .

In other news:

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What We’re Reading

  • Could scientists someday alter complicated human traits by manipulating many genes at once ? [The New York Times]
  • Workers doing renovations to the University of Virginia Rotunda have unearthed a hidden chemical hearth , part of an early science classroom. [NPR]
  • The ruins of the Temple of Santiago are usually hiding underwater. But drought has caused water levels to lower, exposing the old church for the first time since 2002. [Gizmodo]
  • The study of neutrinos should be a top priority for nuclear science research, according to a U.S. committee. [Nature News]
  • The country of Palau has just approved the creation of an enormous marine reserve that will protect 80% of its territorial waters. [National Geographic]
  • This scientist is under attack for killing a rare bird that took decades to find. [The Guardian]
Did you miss "Sinkholes—Buried Alive" this week? Watch it streaming here.

Data sources: Pandemic data courtesy Doug Fullam and Nita Madhav of AIR Worldwide , international aid data from OECD