Justinianic Plague Was Caused By The Bacterium Yersinia Pestis, Skeletal DNA Evidence Confirms

The Justinianic Plague of the 6th-8th century was almost without a doubt caused by the bacterium Y. pestis, according to new research from Universitรคt Mainz. The research was done by … [Read full article]

Giant Mosquito Invasion Expected In Florida This Summer

Giant mosquitos will likely be “invading” Florida in large numbers this summer, researchers say. The mosquitos in question, Gallinipper mosquitos, are roughly the size of a quarter (some larger), and … [Read full article]

Volcanic Emissions May Have Been Cause Of Slightly Offset Warming Trend, Not Sulfur Dioxide Pollution, Research Finds

New research is suggesting that volcanic aerosol emissions may have had a dampening effect on the warming trend observed from 2000-2010. Without the increase in volcanic emissions the warming trend … [Read full article]

Swine Flu Vaccine Causes Narcolepsy In Children? Research Finds Strange Association

New research published in the British Medical Journal has found a greatly increased risk of narcolepsy in the children and teenagers who were vaccinated against the A/H1N1 2009 influenza in … [Read full article]

'Doomsday Virus' Not as Lethal as Feared, Researcher Now Claims

In the continuing controversy over the 2011 experiments with an ‘mutant’ strain of avian flu (H5N1) virus — making it airborne and potentially contagious to humans — lead virus researcher … [Read full article]

Genetically Altered Avian Flu Experiments Under Review by Biosecurity Board – Major Controversy Brewing

{Rotterdam, The Netherlands} [UPDATES: Jan. 22, 2012 / Dec. 21, 2011; see below] A genetically altered strain of H5N1 avian influenza A virus (also known as “bird flu”) is under … [Read full article]

Resistant TB Strains Spreading in Europe, More Antibiotic Resistant Germs Emerging Worldwide

An old disease is making a return with a vengeance. New strains of the tuberculosis bacterium are emerging that are resistant to more than one antibiotic drug, These Multidrug Resistant TB (MDR-TB) strains are spreading at an “alarming rate” in Eastern and Western Europe, according to a recent World Health Organization report. The organization is expected to endorse an action plan to stop the spread from becoming a pandemic which could kill tens of thousands and cost billions in treatment. Meanwhile, super-resistant strains of other kinds of microbes seem to be on the rise as well. Two additional examples of these emerging, antibiotic resistant bacteria are presented.

How Realistic is the Film 'Contagion'?.. Expert Weighs in on the Risks

The recent and popular film ‘Contagion’, directed by Steven Soderberg, paints a pretty bleak and horrific picture of a deadly virus’s spread around the globe in a matter of days. But how close to reality is such a scenario? In a recent NY Times op-ed, epidemiologist W. Ian Lipkin (a technical consultant on the film) weighs in on the authenticity of the threat depicted in the film, factors contributing to the rise of global contagions, and describes current plans and policies to deal with a major, contagious disease outbreak.

River Ruin – 80% of World's People Face Water Insecurity

In a first-ever “world-wide synthesis”, an international team of scientists has analyzed data on 23 “drivers of environmental stress” that impact the health and quality of the world’s major rivers. … [Read full article]

Social Network Data Predicts Disease Outbreaks [VIDEO]

Professors Christakis and Fowler explore the nature of Social Networks (SN) and reveal the rules that govern how these networks form. Knowing these rules allows us to predict, and possibly prevent, new disease epidemics.

Beyond Talking Points and Spin: Group Seeks Presidential Debate on Science

If a U.S. presidential debate on science and technology sounds too wonky for words, think again. That’s the message supporters of Science Debate 2008 are trying to hammer home. Science … [Read full article]