Dictionary.com says Ebola outbreaks, privacy concerns and horrific acts of violence influenced its decision to make "Exposure" the Word of the Year.
As the virus continues to ravage parts of Africa, scientists and engineers at US universities are brainstorming ways tech and robots can help in the crisis. And robotics researchers at UC Berkeley are part of the discussion, as CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports.
A Kickstarter campaign aims to bring the tools of DNA analysis to biohackers and researchers without access to expensive lab equipment.
As more people die from the virus, robotics experts are looking for ways to enlist robots in the fight to contain Ebola in the coming months and years.
The company is helping out with health education and emergency voice and data services, and giving its users an easy way to make donations.
The phones will go to healthcare workers and other people sent by the United Nations to combat the deadly disease in West Africa.
The company says that the phones, worth about $1 million, will be used in 60 Ebola medical clinics in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
The White House will co-host a November workshop exploring the use of robots to help minimize human contact with the fast-spreading virus.
Aimed at people in West Africa, the BBC will use the popular messaging app to provide updates about the spread of Ebola.
Two days after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the donation, his wife says the goal is "to be able to keep Ebola to a confined state, where we can aggressively intervene."