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These Are The Most Serious Catastrophic Threats Faced By Humanity

Oxford’s Global Priorities Project has compiled a list of catastrophes — both natural and self-inflicted — that could kill off 10 per cent or more of the human population. It’s a real buzzkill of a report and it says that any of these catastrophes could happen within the next five years.


An Awful Bat-Killing Disease Is Spreading Throughout The US

A devastating fungal disease that has killed millions of bats in eastern North America has now reached Washington State, prompting serious concern among wildlife officials.


We Finally Know What The Zika Virus Actually Looks Like

Here it is, folks — our first glimpse of that abominable virus that’s been wreaking havoc in parts of South America and the Caribbean. This near-atomic scale view of Zika’s external structure could guide scientists as they work to develop effective antiviral treatments and vaccines.


Two New Cases Of Ebola Have Appeared In Guinea 

While the West African Ebola Outbreak largely came to an end back in January, isolated cases are still appearing, including two cases which emerged this week in Guinea.


Giant Viruses Feature Their Own Built-In Antivirus Software 

Mimiviruses are viruses so big they can actually be seen with a simple light microscope. European scientists have now learned that these bizarre organisms have their own immune system that makes them virtually invulnerable to predatory viruses, suggesting these creatures may actually represent a new branch in the tree of life.


This Genetic Alteration Could Prevent The Next Potato Famine

Unlike humans, plants only react to infections when they sustain specific kinds of damage. Now we know that the solution is to get them to produce special “decoy” proteins that can be damaged, in order to get the plant to spring into action.


White House Wants $1.8 Billion To Fight Zika 

The White House is asking Congress for $US1.8 billion to combat the Zika virus, both within the United States and abroad. This request is a heartening sign that the Obama administration is taking Zika seriously. But don’t worry, it’s not a sign that the US is bracing itself for a local mass outbreak.


It's Time To Declare War On Mosquitoes

Zika is now a global emergency, and the latest in a long string of mosquito-borne viruses to afflict humanity. Mosquitoes truly suck, and the time has come to do something about them. Here’s how science will help — and why a war on mosquitoes doesn’t mean we have to wipe them off the face of the planet.


World Health Organisation Declares Zika A Global Emergency 

After convening an emergency session to deal with the swift spread of the Zika virus, the World Health Organisation has declared the mosquito-borne outbreak a global emergency.


The WHO Held An Emergency Session Due To The Zika Virus

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced an emergency session to address the “explosive spread” of the disease, which has been linked to birth defects.


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