How does one model a pandemic?

How does one model a pandemic?

By Christian Yates With basic mathematical models, researchers can begin to forecast the progression of diseases and understand the effect of interventions on disease spread. Disease has afflicted humans ever since there have been humans. Malaria and tuberculosis are...
What is coronavirus and how can we stop it spreading? 🔊

What is coronavirus and how can we stop it spreading? 🔊

China is experiencing an outbreak of coronavirus which has so far killed seventeen people and infected a further four hundred and forty. The outbreak began in the city of Wuhan, with most of those infected having visited a fish market. Despite authorities initially...
Q+A: How can kelp DNA help us detect earthquakes?

Q+A: How can kelp DNA help us detect earthquakes?

New research has suggested a novel way to measure and potentially predict previously unknown locations that may be prone to earthquakes. The study, led by Professor Jon Waters at the University of Otago, confirms that the region around the New Zealand city of Dunedin...
Q+A: What are the hidden costs of civilisation?

Q+A: What are the hidden costs of civilisation?

What are the hidden costs of civilisation? Could civilisation be behind disease, mental illness, climate change, and religious fundamentalism? Spencer Wells thinks it might just be. Maria Armoudian speaks to Wells about his book Pandora’s Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of...
How have Orangutans adapted to human behaviour?

How have Orangutans adapted to human behaviour?

By Douglas Sheil, Mike Bruford, Serge Wich, and Stephanie Spehar New research has shown that Orangutans have been adapting to humans for 70,000 years. If you are very lucky you might have seen an orangutan in the wild. Most people have only seen them on television. In...
Is inheritance about more than just genes?

Is inheritance about more than just genes?

By Nicola Shepheard Epigenetics has been hailed as the missing link between genes and environment. Nicola Shepheard explores this phenomenon in greater detail and seeks out whether inheritance is about more than just genes. The growing knowledge of how experiences get...