A simple, low-tech way to get rid of germs.
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A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of handwashing to stop the spread of infectious disease.
Caribbean spiny lobsters normally live in groups, but healthy lobsters avoid members of their own species if they are infected with a deadly virus.
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Using distance to avoid getting sick has deep evolutionary roots for humans and many other species.
Urban areas are a fertile ground for contagion
Densely populated urban areas are great drivers of economic development and innovation, but that also makes them a fertile ground for the spread of pandemics.
A new reactor may soon be able to safely disinfect the air in crowded spaces.
The three Brontë sisters with their brother Branwell.
Despite the myth of consumption as an ethereal, wasting disease, the more prosaic truth is that the Brontës likely infected one another with tuberculosis.
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Rioters were influenced by a shared anti-police identity – not just mindless violence.
The Bubonic plague slowed urbanisation, industrial development and economic growth in Europe for many years.
Despite being so small they can't be seen with the naked eye, pathogens that cause human disease have greatly affected the way humans live for centuries.
Nothing sinister about this dark, misty forest…
Your phobias might just be influencing another's fears.
Markets are useful to a certain point.
The finance sector is coming back strong after the GFC. This time, we need to make sure it is a force for good.
The economic cost of Ebola is estimated at around 3% of GDP for Liberia, and this does not take into account human costs.
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Economists are being called upon to estimate the costs of the Ebola epidemic to West Africa and elsewhere. However, economists should also play a part in estimating the likelihood of the disease spreading…
Bats appear have a much better symbiotic relationship with viruses than other mammal species.
In the Chinese zodiac, 2011 is the year of the rabbit but for those of us working on viruses from wildlife animals, it was much more like the year of the bat. In February, the deadly Nipah virus re-emerged…
Jude Law as Alan Krumwiede in the thriller “Contagion”.
One touch and you’re infected. By the next day your muscles ache, you have a fever and the beginnings of a headache. You don’t know it yet, but you only have a one in three chance of survival and you’ve…