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  • In an October 30 Q&A with ScienceInsider, Peter Piot, one of the researchers who first discovered the Ebola virus in 1976, expressed hope that the current outbreak would soon recede. “My optimistic scenario is that by Christmas, we will see a gradual decline everywhere,” said Piot. Criticizing sensational news coverage of the current outbreak, he added, “journalists can save more lives than doctors, by giving the right information.”
  • “Researchers who want to keep the lights on in the lab quickly learn how to put the right spin on their work,” biologist Michael White of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis wrote in Pacific Standard last week (October 31). That, he noted, is because researchers must convince federal funding agencies that their work will have tangible impacts. And those funding agencies, in return, need to...

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