Semi-opposing views on ALS fundraising

http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/infographic-shows-differences-between-diseases-we-donate-and-diseases-kill-us http://www.vice.com/read/the-worst-part-of-the-ice-bucket-challenge-is-the-people-criticizing-it-822 There’s a tricky balance when donating to find cures or fund treatments for diseases. The factors include how personal the disease is, how much funding it already receives, the number of people impacted, and the demographic the disease usually impacts.

Urban cycling, giraffe death, CIA over-reach, UN on US-Mexico, Ebola

http://www.citylab.com/commute/2014/07/how-low-income-commuters-view-cycling/374390/ http://mashable.com/2014/07/31/giraffe-dies-highway-bridge/ http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/31/united-nations-blastsusplansforchildmigrants.html http://blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2014/07/31/ebola-virus-africa/

Climate change threatens to bring eradicated viruses back from the dead | The Verge

All it took was a single sample of frozen Siberian soil for an international collaboration of researchers to discover, and revive, a new type of “giant virus” — a virus whose unusually large size means scientists can spot it through a light microscope. Indeed, despite being frozen for over 30,000 years, Pithovirus sibericum still packs […]