Tagged: USA

The public has a vital role to play in preventing future cyber attacks - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 20, 2018

Sandeep Gopalan, Deakin University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Up to 400 Australian organisations may have been snared in a massive hacking incident detailed today. The attack, allegedly engineered by the Russian government, targeted millions of government and private sector machines globally via devices such as routers, … Read More

Population and real GDP per capita - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Apr 09, 2018

I noticed a few comments to another of my posts about possible links between population size and economic performance. My working assumption is that, on average, across all countries, there isn’t any such relationship. Apart from anything else, if there were a positive relationship –  that was more than chance –  it would suggest that two countries … Read More

Proving HPV vaccines really prevent cancer - Diplomatic Immunity

Helen Petousis Harris Feb 19, 2018

In the clinical trials for HPV vaccines cervical cancer was not a primary endpoint. An endpoint in a clinical trial is a disease or a symptom of interest. I want to explain why cancer was not an endpoint these efficacy studies. Instead surrogate endpoints were used. Why not, given that is what the investigators wanted to prevent? Because you can’t … Read More

USA team editing embryos, early thoughts on alternatives and limitations - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Aug 03, 2017

Widely reported today is the research paper by an USA team who edited a gene that causes sudden heart failure in young adults. I’d like to take a different approach, briefly raising just two things that nagged at me while reading this work. Before I do be clear there are real technical advances reported.* I’m not denying or opposing them. Read More

Superbugs could kill more people than cancer by 2050 - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 28, 2016

Antibiotic-resistant superbugs are in the news again. This time a strain of E. coli resistant to the antibiotic colistin has been spotted in the USA. So why is this newsworthy and should we be scared?  A strain of E. coli has been identified in the USA that is resistant to the antibiotic colistin. A paper describing the strain has just been published … Read More

How Well Do You Know Your Moon? - Honest Universe

Mark Hanna Feb 25, 2015

Phil Plait, who writes the wonderful Bad Astronomy blog over on Slate, noticed something interesting in a recent episode of The Simpsons: To the untrained eye, nothing about this cartoon image is likely to seem unusual. But if you spend a lot of time looking at the sky, and you have the additional context that […] … Read More

US meddling in Ukraine behind coup - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jan 29, 2015

Ukraine Deputy has proof of USA staging civil war in Ukraine Just came across this video. It is useful as we tend to forget the early history of the current crisis in Ukraine. This is a speech in the Ukrainian parliament made just before the outbreak of the Maidan demonstrations and riots which eventually lead … … Continue reading … Read More

China and US reach emissions deal, NZ govt warned its policies are failing - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 13, 2014

Today’s news that the US and China have agreed a long term policy to reduce carbon emissions is being hailed as a “game-changer” in international climate negotiations. China has agreed to cap its emissions in 2030 — the first time it has committed to anything more than a reduction in the carbon intensity of its […] … Read More

Ebola in USA no reason for panic - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 01, 2014

In a press conference earlier today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that the US has diagnosed its first case of Ebola, in a man who travelled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, on the 20th of September. The man was asymptomatic while in transit and only developed symptoms around the 24th of September. He sought medical help … Read More

The first victim! - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Apr 16, 2014

It is well established that the first victim in war is truth. Mind you the dispatch of truth usually comes well before the shooting starts. I have a personal interest in Ukraine and the dispatch of truth occurred for me straight after the February 21st agreement signed by the then President, the opposition leaders and … … Continue reading … Read More