A $1,000-per-pill drug that insurers are reluctant to pay for has quickly become the treatment of choice for a liver-wasting viral disease that affects more than 3 million Americans. A thunderstorm formed so rapidly over a Southern California beach that experts said it was impossible for anyone to predict a lightning strike would turn a day of carefree fun into one of terror. New York-based specialty glass maker Corning has donated $1.8 million in high-tech components for a telescope that the not-for-profit BoldlyGo Institute wants to launch into space. There has been panic and fear about the deadly Ebola disease spreading ever since health officials reported that a Liberian man sick with the disease had traveled to Togo and then Nigeria before dying. Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes. They've already been blamed for one car crash.
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
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Virgin Mobile Offers Custom Smartphone Plans As the wireless carrier wars continue heating up, Virgin Mobile just threw the customization coal onto the fire. The firm has debuted a no-annual-contract plan with rates based on individual use.