Sliding life expectancy poses gender and inequity questions

Questions about why such affluent western societies are facing a reversal in life expectancy are sounding loud alarm bells for Professor Fran Baum, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor and Director of the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity. Professor Baum is lead author of a study that offers a new perspective on why women […]

Asian tiger mosquito poses low risk for Zika virus outbreaks — ScienceDaily

The Asian tiger mosquito does not pose a major risk for Zika virus epidemics, according to a study published December 31 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Albin Fontaine of the Institut de Recherche Biomédicale des Armées, and colleagues. Zika virus has triggered large outbreaks in human populations, in some cases causing congenital deformities, […]

Asian tiger mosquito poses low risk for Zika virus outbreaks

IMAGE: A blood engorged Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) taking its blood meal on a human arm. view more  Credit: Albin Fontaine and Céline Jourdan, 2020 (CCBY 2.0) The Asian tiger mosquito does not pose a major risk for Zika virus epidemics, according to a study published December 31 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by […]

COVID-19 vaccine distribution’s ‘last mile’ poses huge challenges

A race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine began almost the minute the coronavirus’s genetic makeup was revealed in January. Already, two companies have announced that their vaccines appear safe and about 95 percent effective (SN: 11/18/20, SN: 11/16/20). Government regulators in the United Kingdom granted permission December 2 for emergency use of a vaccine made […]

Planned satellite constellation poses a collision threat, NASA says: Reports

NASA has voiced “substantial concerns” about a planned constellation of broadband satellites, saying the commercial spacecraft would increase the risk of collisions in an important slice of Earth orbit. On Oct. 30, NASA submitted an official comment letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding a request by Texas-based company AST & Science to […]