Why We Still Don't Have an Ebola Vaccine

Yesterday, the CDC confirmed the first Ebola case diagnosed in the US. The patient, who recently traveled to Liberia, is now isolated in a Dallas hospital. With containment efforts challenging West Africa, and US officials searching for anyone who came in contact with the Dallas patient, where is the Ebola vaccine? » 10/01/14 10:42am 10/01/14 10:42am

Watch how scary fast an epidemic would spread disease across the world

If you want to put on a surgical mask, rubber gloves, goggles, ear muffs and trap yourself in a plastic bubble after watching this terrifying video of how fast an epidemic would spread across the world, well, I'd totally understand. Because it's crazy fast. Using the world's air transportation network, theoretical… » 12/13/13 12:09am 12/13/13 12:09am

Why Even Almighty Google Couldn't Keep Track of the Flu

The flu, as many are unfortunately aware, hit especially hard this year, and Google's Flu Trends map only confirmed and then heightened our mucus-coated fears. Or so we thought. As Nature points out, a comparison between Google Flu Trends (which bases its map off flu-related searches) and traditional surveillance data… » 2/13/13 5:20pm 2/13/13 5:20pm