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Shots - Health News

A Virtual Outbreak Offers Hints Of Ebola's Future

As the Ebola outbreak rages in West Africa, it is also unfolding — in a virtual sense — inside the computers of scientists trying to predict how far the outbreak will spread and when it will end.

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Planet Money

Should We Kill The $100 Bill?

Nearly 80 percent of all the U.S. currency in the world is in $100 bills. But some people want to get rid of the bill altogether.

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The Two-Way

Do Not Fear This Giant Robot Swarm

Researchers created a swarm of 1,024 tiny robots to do their bidding. So far, the only job they're given is to arrange themselves into a shape. But future versions could perform all sorts of tasks.

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