Category Archives: Permeable Borders (WWIII)

Bacteria, Viruses and Antibiotics, Oh My

Written on April 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm, by

Public officials and media worldwide have paid considerable attention recently to developments around the H7N9 influenza, which, according to officials in China where the outbreak started, has killed 7 people and infected 24 others, most of whom suffered mild flu-like symptoms.  The virus is known to come from birds, like SARS back in 2003, but  Continue Reading »

Drone Backlash Begins

Written on March 6, 2013 at 9:22 pm, by

Invasions of privacy seem to be gaining the public’s attention, as surveillance capabilities continue to expand, especially when it involves law enforcement.   After a loud public outcry, Seattle’s police force abandoned its plans to deploy surveillance drones.  Virginia’s state government has imposed a two-year moratorium on the use of drones by police in the  Continue Reading »

Bird Fear

Written on May 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm, by

The pathogen, H5N1, commonly known as bird flu, has had difficulty spreading efficiently between people. Researchers in the U.S. and Holland exposed ferrets with the virus after four mutations (relatively few) and found that they were able to spread the virus between ferrets isolated in separate cages. This occurred by airborne spread, similar to the  Continue Reading »