US Has Test That Can Detect Ebola Virus In Seconds (But It’s Stuck In A Lab)

Researchers at a government lab have developed a minimally invasive test for Ebola that could cut the time it takes to diagnose cases of the lethal virus from days and hours to minutes or even seconds, International Business Times has learned.

Posted on October 20th, 2014

Can We Get Ahead of Ebola?

In the fight against the current deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus, researchers are using an easily overlooked tool: the mobile phone.

Osha Gray Davidson, posted on October 7th, 2014

Ebola vaccine to be tested in UK

Originally Published by BBC News - A trial vaccine against Ebola could be tested on healthy volunteers in the UK in September, says an international health consortium.

Posted on August 28th, 2014

Vermont Law School: The Ethical Dimensions of Energy Policy

The human use of energy has profound moral and ethical implications, raising issues that can only be answered by considering notions of justice. Earthzine science writer Osha Gray Davidson blogs about these crucial issues while on a fellowship at the Vermont Law School.

Osha Gray Davidson, posted on July 8th, 2014
Climate, Economy, Energy, Health, Politics, Quick Look

Tracking foodborne illness with Yelp

Originally Published by Earth Sky -An estimated 48 million Americans (about 1 in 6) are stricken with food poisoning each year. So says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but it really is, as my italicizing implies, just an estimate. It’s difficult to say how many people get sick from meals annually because only a fraction of these cases are ever reported. Working with Yelp may provide some answers.

Posted on May 27th, 2014
Health, Technology

The Big Thaw: Warming Affects Arctic Animals, People in Different Ways

Discussions of climate change often focus on mid-latitude effects in order to emphasize the need for action. However, climate change and ensuing ice melts are quickly devastating Arctic mammals and native peoples of the Arctic.

Sarah Frazier, posted on March 19th, 2014
Climate, Ecosystems, Health, Quick Look

Twenty Buses a Day: The High Stakes Race to Create a Global Cholera Early Warning System

What infectious disease kills the most children under the age of five? If you guessed malaria or AIDS, guess again. Cholera claims more victims than either of those diseases. Now, a team of researchers are developing a method to provide early warning of cholera outbreaks. If successful, the effort could drastically reduce the number of cholera deaths.

Osha Gray Davidson, posted on March 18th, 2014
Articles, Climate, Earth Observation, Health, Oceans, Water

Tracking the Currents of Fukushima

Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute describes methods for tracking oceanic Cesium released by the Fukushima disaster and misperceptions about radioactive danger in the Northwest Pacific Ocean.

Elise Mulder Osenga, posted on March 13th, 2014
Articles, Health, Oceans

Ducks were bird flu ‘melting pot’

Ducks were bird flu 'melting pot' Originally published by BBC - Ducks were the melting pot of viruses that led to the new bird flu emerging in China early this year, according to Chinese scientists tracking the evolution of the virus.

Posted on August 22nd, 2013

Copper linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Copper linked to Alzheimer's disease Originally published by BBC News- A lifetime of too much copper in our diets may be contributing to Alzheimer's disease, US scientists say.

Posted on August 20th, 2013