Aspen Public Radio http://aspenpublicradio.org en Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/experimental-drug-saves-monkeys-stricken-ebola Scientists are reporting strong evidence that the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp may be effective for treating victims of the devastating disease.<p>A <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature13777">study</a> involving 18 rhesus macaque monkeys, published Friday in the journal <em>Nature,</em> found that the drug saved 100 percent of the animals even if they didn't receive the drug until five days after they had been infected. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:32:00 +0000 Rob Stein 23726 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola The Juiciest Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/juiciest-bits-come-out-trial-virginias-ex-governor The trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife <a href="http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/virginia-politics/lawyers-in-mcdonnell-case-present-closing-arguments-today/article_9080b796-2ebe-11e4-a6b2-0017a43b2370.html">went into closing arguments</a> today. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:22:00 +0000 editor 23727 at http://aspenpublicradio.org The Juiciest Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor With Home-Grown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/home-grown-technology-israel-becomes-leading-arms-exporter One by-product of the recurring battles between Israel and its Arab neighbors is that Israel has developed a home-grown weapons industry that addresses its very specific needs.<p>Over the decades, this has included a number of cutting-edge technologies, from drones to night-vision equipment, which have been widely exported.<p>A more recent example is the Iron Dome, which was used throughout the latest conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 23725 at http://aspenpublicradio.org With Home-Grown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/malaysia-airlines-cuts-third-its-workforce-after-steep-losses For Malaysia Airlines, the tragic loss of two of its aircraft with all passengers and crew in recent months has hardly been the extent of its problems: On Thursday, the carrier announced a steep quarterly loss, and today came word that it is cutting nearly a third of its workforce.<p>The airline said it would lay off 6,000 employees, or about 30 percent of its 20,000-strong workforce a day after it <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/29/business/malaysia-airlines-financial-losses-grow.html?_r=0">reported a loss in the quarter ending June</a> of $97.6 million, on top of a first-quarter loss Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 23724 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision Of Vanilla http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/peace-corps-stint-madagascar-gave-him-vision-vanilla <strong></strong>Madagascar-grown orchids produce most of the world's vanilla beans, but vanilla extract isn't manufactured in country. Former Peace Corps volunteers-turned-entrepreneurs Tim McCollum and Brett Beach, co-founders of the Brooklyn-based <a href="http://www.madecasse.com/vanilla/">Madécasse</a> brand, aim to change that. They want to produce the world's first "bean to bottle"<strong></strong> extract, made entirely in Madagascar by local people using all-local materials — right down to the packaging. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:28:00 +0000 editor 23722 at http://aspenpublicradio.org A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision Of Vanilla