What sort of data do black boxes store – and how do they survive a plane crash?

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Experts say a giant panda previously thought to be pregnant may have been more focused on food than giving birth.

“[pregnant pandas] receive more buns, fruits and bamboo, so some have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life”

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Experimental Ebola vaccine to be tested on humans

An experimental Ebola vaccine by GlaxoSmithKline could be tested on patients in the US as soon as next week. 

Researchers are looking to establish whether the drug for humans works in a similar way to how it works in animals.

Correction, 28 Aug: We initially said an “Experimental Ebola” was to be tested on humans, instead of an “experimental Ebola vaccine”. 

Ebola: airlines have cancelled flights to infected countries, while fear and false alarms put Europe on high alert

A health worker disinfects a corpse after the man died in a classroom being used as a temporary Ebola isolation ward (John Moore/Getty). 

Sea plankton have been found on the International Space Station – but how did they get there?

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Ebola outbreaks: 1976 to now – interactive map

Over 900 people have died in West Africa in the latest outbreak, which has been declared an international health emergency by the World Health Organisation. This map shows the history of Ebola, from the first case in 1976 to the latest outbreak. 

Human teeth have been found inside an 18th century statue of Christ.

Specialists from Mexico’s National School of Restoration discovered eight teeth after X-raying the statue of the Lord of Patience, which usually sits in the parish of San Bartolo Cuautlalpa.

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Ebola in west Africa: the outbreak country by country

The outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus currently sweeping through parts of west Africa has so far killed an estimated 673 people. As of 23 July there had been a total of 1,202 confirmed, probable or suspected infections. 

Astronomy photographer of the year 2014: the shortlist - in pictures

This colourful starscape taken from Rancho Hidalgo, New Mexico by Mark Hanson reveals the searing heat of the Crescent Nebula glowing in a whirl of red and blue. See the shortlist in full

Photo: Mark Hanson/Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014