Links 10/8/14

Links for you. Science:

How One Entrepreneur Is Transforming Blood Testing (also see this interview)
Soil Microbiome of Central Park: Nearly 600 soil samples from New York City’s famous park reveal that the urban environment harbors just as much biodiversity as natural ecosystems across the globe.
There’s Already A More Threatening Virus Than Ebola In The US, And Most Aren’t Taking The Proper Precautions
U.S. Will Increase Production of the Ebola Drug ZMapp, but May Not Meet Demand
Ebola vaccine – do we really need a placebo-controlled RCT?

Other:

Don’t Fall for the GOP’s Over-the-Counter Contraception Racket
The Pretense of Balanced Debate: Behind the Media’s Blackout of Antiwar Views
Gov. Rick Scott’s illegal drug-testing law may have roots in corruption
Hollywood can’t let go of old image of Boston
Managing a Nightmare: How the CIA Watched Over the Destruction of Gary Webb
No Parking: Why does the federal government still control D.C.’s circles and triangles? (in my experience, the city parks are better maintained than the federal ones)
David Zinn’s Quirky Chalk and Charcoal Characters on the Streets of Ann Arbor
Consumer Reports: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Not as Bendable as Believed
Fighting to Honor a Father’s Last Wish: To Die at Home
This Is What Close Reading Looks Like in First Grade (awful and absolutely insane)
Islamic State is sulking on the edge of Baghdad
On Why We Didn’t Join The Rush To Name The Ebola Patient

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