NIH Discovers Even More Dangerous Pathogens in Recent Lab Sweep

This past July, we reported that the National Institutes of Health found vials filled with smallpox in a Maryland lab. The potentially disastrous discovery prompted the agency to check on all its labs to make sure no other fatal diseases were lurking about. It turns out there were. » 9/07/14 12:00pm 9/07/14 12:00pm

CDC Statistics Show What Happens When You Don't Vaccinate

The latest figures: Between January 1 and August 29 of this year, nearly 600 confirmed measles cases were reported to the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The resurgence is the greatest the U.S. has seen since the disease was eliminated from the country in 2000. » 9/06/14 12:39pm 9/06/14 12:39pm

CDC Accidentally Ships Deadly Virus, Hopes No One Will Notice

That wacky CDC is up to its old, potentially fatal-virus-spreading tricks again. But instead of anthrax or dengue, this time, the Centers for Disease Control brought a deadly strain of bird flu into its revolving cast of highly contagious characters. While rushing to get to a meeting, a CDC scientist accidentally… » 8/15/14 9:44pm 8/15/14 9:44pm

How a Government Shutdown Would Affect Science and Technology

The clock is ticking as a full-fledged government shutdown looms on the horizon. House Republicans remain resolute in their mission to keep Obamacare from kicking in on October 1, the first day of the new fiscal year. The science and tech communities, meanwhile, are bracing for the worst—again. » 9/30/13 12:22pm 9/30/13 12:22pm

Deadly Virus Outbreak In California

The Center for Disease Control is warning of an unprecedented virus outbreak in California, with two confirmed deaths so far and two more ongoing cases. The virus' ground zero seems to be in Yosemite Park: » 8/29/12 4:25pm 8/29/12 4:25pm

The CDC Doesn't Want You Donating Your Slutty Organs

Boned more than two people this year and trying to donate an organ? GOD, keep that to yourself! And by that the CDC means whatever organ you had in mind. » 12/07/11 12:40am 12/07/11 12:40am

The Tiltpod Magnetic Tripod Will Fit in Even the Skinniest of Jeans

Sometimes lugging your full DSLR around is more trouble than it's worth, so you bring a smaller point-and-shoot. But what about when you don't want to lug a full tripod around just to hold your compact digital camera? The Tiltpod could be the answer. » 10/24/11 10:00pm 10/24/11 10:00pm

The Official CDC Zombie Gadgetbag

As if you didn't have enough to worry about this weekend, Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan is warning of a pending Zombie apocalypse. And she hasn't even been fired yet. Actually, it's a pretty good idea. » 5/18/11 7:40pm 5/18/11 7:40pm

Twenty Mouths Suck More Than One

At first I thought this was some kind of musical instrument. Then my mind shifted to an assembly line of military robots with deadly cannons. Then I looked closely and realized what those thin cylinders were. » 4/09/10 10:20am 4/09/10 10:20am

One in Five Households Are Cellphone Only

According to a report by the Center for Disease Control (no, this has nothing to do with swine flu), one out of every five families has ditched landlines entirely for cellphones. I find that number a bit low, but what do I know? I'm deranged from swine flu because the CDC decided to tell me about telephone lines… » 5/11/09 10:40am 5/11/09 10:40am

Center for Disease Control Now Twittering Swine Flu Updates

Dear hypochondriacs, if you didn't have enough with the swine flu Google map, now you can follow it all in the Center for Disease Control's emergency Twitter account. Have fun. [CDC Twitter via Cnet] » 4/27/09 6:00pm 4/27/09 6:00pm