About 120 million years ago, the supercontinent of Gondwana broke into a jigsaw puzzle of continents and islands in the Southern Hemisphere. One of those was a giant island forming what we now call India. About 55 million years later, an asteroid, perhaps, or a comet, hit Earth, and the planet’s dinosaurs died out. Mammals seized the […]Read More
The residents of Rio Vista could smell trouble. In 2001, in this wind-whipped Sacramento River Delta town, 17 people in the town of about 4,500 lodged complaints with the council office about a strange odor brought about during the mid-afternoon by southeastern winds. They complained of flies and odor, said the town’s then-Mayor Marci Coglianese. […]Read More
People in southeastern Turkey know the meaning of conflict all too well. Government forces have been fighting Kurdish rebels for the past 27 years, with hundreds of thousands of people displaced as a result. Poverty and unemployment are high, and there are few opportunities, particularly for young people. But a Kurdish Basketball club offers an […]Read More
JALAY TOWN, Liberia (Jun 2011) — Thump! Thump! Thump! As the hollow sound echoes through the Liberian rainforest, Vera Leinert and her fellow researchers freeze. Silently, Leinert directs the guide to investigate. Jefferson ‘Bola’ Skinnah, a ranger with the Liberian Forestry Development Authority, stalks ahead, using the thumping to mask the sound of his movement. […]Read More
Germany is still recovering from one of the world’s worst outbreaks of enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli, which as of 18 June had sickened more than 3,200 people and caused 39 deaths1. The unusually deadly bacteria moved undetected through the food supply from livestock to agriculture to the dinner table, and the response to the outbreak was branded slow and inefficient by physicians and scientists (see ‘Microbe outbreak panics Europe’).
Now a group of health professionals assembled by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, has called for biosurveillance efforts in the United States and worldwide to be streamlined to help recognize and respond to threats quickly […]Read More
Funding gap persists as agencies and organizations attempt to wipe out the tenacious virus. Some 99% of wild poliovirus has been eradicated, but it clings on in a few places. The last endemic hot spots are the conflict-ridden front lines of Pakistan and Afghanistan, areas of India and Nigeria — and governments and charities are […]Read More
June 28 — For the first time in more than 65 years, dengue has returned the continental United States, according to an advisory the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued in late May. While a few cases were reported earlier, they were primarily in Americans who had caught the virus abroad or at the […]Read More