Trending News:  October 8th, 2014

Five US airports to begin Ebola screenings for west Africa arrivals

by Lauren Gambino [The Guardian]

Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

Passengers traveling from west Africa will face additional Ebola screenings at five US airports, the White House said on Wednesday, amid mounting concern that not enough controls were in place to prevent the deadly disease from entering the US.

The additional screenings will be carried out by personnel from US Customs and Border Protection, US Coast Guard and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Enhanced screenings will begin at John F Kennedy airport in New York on Saturday. They will begin next week at Liberty airport in Newark, New Jersey; Dulles, outside Washington DC; Chicago O’Hare, and Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta. [read on]

Venezuelans Turn to Bitcoins to Bypass Socialist Currency Controls


Tech-savvy Venezuelans looking to bypass dysfunctional economic controls are turning to the bitcoin virtual currency to obtain dollars, make Internet purchases - and launch a little subversion.

Two New York-based Venezuelan brothers hope this week to start trading on the first bitcoin exchange in the socialist-run country, which already has at least several hundred bitcoin enthusiasts.

Due to currency controls introduced by late president Hugo Chavez a decade ago, acquiring hard currency now means either requesting it from the state, which struggles to satisfy demand, or tapping a shadowy black market. Even small-dollar transactions are out of the question for most Venezuelans. [read on]

'Blood moon' awes sky watchers


Stargazers in Sydney were left disappointed by cloud cover, but that didn't stop the blood moon awing hundreds in other parts of Australia, Asia and the Americas.

During the total lunar eclipse, light beams into earth's shadow, filling it with a coppery glow that gives it a red hue.

Hundreds gathered in spots across the city to see the rare eclipse, but their changes of seeing it clearly were slim due to thick, heavy low cloud.

"That doesn't help anyone see through it," a Bureau of Meteorology spokesman told AAP.  [read on]

Study Testing if Letting Kids Sleep In Longer Will Improve Test Results


A new study is to look at whether starting lessons later, and educating students about the benefits of sleep, boosts GCSE marks.

The trial, led by academics at Oxford University, is one of six projects being set up to investigate how neuroscience could improve education in the UK.

Other experiments include examining whether pupils do better when there is an element of chance in their reward for answering a question correctly and the impact of physical activity on academic results.

Around 31,800 14 to 16-year-olds (Years 10 and 11) at 106 schools are due to take part in the sleep study, with the main trial lasting two years.

In the first year, one group of pupils will be given sleep education - such as the benefits of getting enough rest - and the other will not. [read on]

Cave Art Dating Back 40,000 Years Discovered


Cave paintings dating back almost 40,000 years have been found in Indonesia, sparking questions about early humans and the origins of art.

The animal drawings and hand stencils were discovered by a team of Australian and Indonesian archaeologists on the island of Sulawesi.

Europe had been thought to have the world's oldest rock art, with paintings dating back more than 30,000 years found at several sites.

The world's oldest dated cave art is a red dot found in the El Castillo cave in Cantabria, northern Spain, which was painted 40,800 years ago, not long after modern man arrived in Europe.

The Indonesian cave art was first recorded in the 1950s but its age had not been known until now. [read on]