Bioweapon Experts Aren't Buying the Tesla Model X's Bioweapon Defense Mode [Updated]

The air conditioning system in the new Tesla Model X has three modes: circulating air from outside the car, re-circulating air that’s already inside the cabin, and a “bioweapon defense mode,” triggered by a button on the dashboard, which creates positive pressure inside the cabin to keep outside particles at bay. So,… »10/01/15 10:14am10/01/15 10:14am

Clever Ebola Chip Will Help Doctors Detect Infected People Without Absurd Lab Equipment

In the highly unfortunate case you’re infected with Ebola, you really need to catch it ASAP so that you can quarantine yourself and get treated. That’s why scientists are now developing a portable ‘Ebola chip’ that optically analyzes fluid samples and sniffs out nasty virus particles within minutes. »9/25/15 3:20pm9/25/15 3:20pm

UV Water Purifiers Are Bullshit

To achieve its claimed ability to remove pathogens, water going into CamelBak’s new UV purifier must first be cleaned by a filter from a rival manufacturer. And that rival product is cheaper. That’s according to CamelBak’s own lab testing. And its not the only water treatment technology that’s incapable of performing… »5/14/15 2:25pm5/14/15 2:25pm

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 9:44pm8/15/14 9:44pm

Scientist creates new flu virus that can kill all of humanity

Working at a lab with a relatively low level-two biosafety rating, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka has created a strain of flu that can completely escape the human immune system. The new genetically-engineered virus is based on H1N1, which may have killed 500,000 people just five years ago. »7/02/14 7:30pm7/02/14 7:30pm

Mathematician explains how a zombie virus would spread around the world

A mathematician from Morgan Freeman's show Through The Wormhole shows how fast an hypothetical zombie virus could spread around the world. The epidemic would be inevitable and cities would be overran in weeks. If you don't feel that's worrying wait until you hear it from Freeman's epic voice. »6/26/14 9:40pm6/26/14 9:40pm

Soviet Doctors Cured Infections With Viruses, and Soon Yours Might Too

In the Soviet Union, western antibiotics couldn't make it past the Iron Curtain. So Eastern Bloc doctors figured out how to use viruses to kill infectious bacteria. Now, with antibiotic-resistant bugs vexing doctors, that eerie yet effective method might come our way. In post-antibiotic world, infection cures you! »6/07/14 2:00pm6/07/14 2:00pm

Animation explains how viruses attack our cells to make us sick

Staying healthy is a lot like medieval warfare. Cells vs viruses. There are cells defending their castles and viruses trying to break through. If a sneaky virus manages to attack a cell, the cell fights it and notifies all the other castles about what to build to defend it. Man, learning about biology is so much… »4/17/14 11:19pm4/17/14 11:19pm

Will Smallpox Reemerge in Siberia as Corpses Thaw from Climate Change?

In an article primarily about the potential folly of holding onto stockpiles of smallpox virus for research purposes—a now-eradicated plague that humans no longer have natural immunity to and that would very likely cause a worldwide catastrophe should it escape from the lab—the BBC includes one awesomely horrible… »2/03/14 3:10pm2/03/14 3:10pm