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Algaeus lives! A modified Prius goes cross-country on fuel from algae

You really can drive across country on algae and a 700-pound battery pack, or so proved the crew behind the documentary Fuel . Embarking on September 8 and pulling into New York City today, just in time for the film's premiere, the Algaeus covered 3,750 miles.

"It got 147 miles-per-gallon in ... Read More

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Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Jason Rodriguez


Vincent and Jason review influenza 2009 H1N1 vaccine trials and protection ... Read More

Mystery immunity could boost swine flu protection

VACCINATING people against swine flu may be a lot easier than anyone dared hope, as it turns out that people have an unexpected degree of immunity to the pandemic now sweeping the world.

A seasonal flu in the same H1N1 family as the pandemic virus has been circulating since 1977, but until no... Read More

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Dr. Clarke's H1N1 Rap

The H1N1 Rap was written, composed, produced, and performed by John D. Clarke, MD, FAAFP, for the HHS' www.flu.gov public service announcement contest. Out of the over 200 entries submitted, a panel of 12 video communication and public health experts determined the top 10 entries. These were put... Read More

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CDC: First swine flu vaccines may be nasal spray

The first doses of swine flu vaccine may all be the nasal spray version, government health officials said Friday.

The government has said a trickle of vaccine will be available in early October, but on Friday they defined the size of that trickle — an estimated 3.4 million doses.

Currently... Read More

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Campylobacter outbreak linked to raw milk in Wisconsin

DNA test results and other evidence have now established that an outbreak of illness involving at least 35 people, the majority children and teens, was linked to drinking unpasteurized milk. Wisconsin food safety officials are cautioning consumers not to drink raw milk and farmers not to sell it... Read More

Farm runoff and well water pollution

A New York Times ongoing series about the state and impact of polluted waters in the United States features a story about farm waste in Morrison, WI and it's impact on local well water.

"In Morrison, more than 100 wells were polluted by agricultural runoff within a few months, according to lo... Read More

Just Say No to Antibacterial Burgers

This blog post by Washington Post reporter Ezra Klein examines the author's feelings towards antibiotics and antimicrobials in meat production, along with their potential for causing antibiotic-resistance. With other countries already moving away from non-therapeutic antibiotic use in animals, K... Read More

Less than one third of healthcare workers in Germany and elsewhere have themselves vaccinated against influenza

Less than one third of healthcare workers in Germany and elsewhere have themselves vaccinated against classic influenza. This reluctance is astounding, firstly because vaccination against influenza viruses is considered safe and effective and secondly because it has been proved to prevent nosoco... Read More

The Good-Enough Clockus of Prochlorococcus

Fine Reading: The Good-Enough Clockus of Prochlorococcus by Elio Schaechter from the Small Things Considered blog reviews a recent report from Ilka Axmann's lab in Berlin that concerns the marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus and it's biological clockworks.

"The authors propose that their da... Read More

New role for righty molecules

Researchers have identified a role for rare, right-handed versions of amino acids. This so-called D-form of nature's building blocks allows bacterial cell walls to adapt to changes in the environment, says a study in Science this week -- marking one of the few times the D-aminos have been linked... Read More

Universities use social media to get flu and handwashing messages to students

An interesting article on how colleges and universities are using traditional media in combination with social media to get out H1N1/swine flu prevention tips to their student commuities.

"Most cases of that strain (sometimes called “swine flu”) have been mild to moderate so far, but with so ... Read More

High Numbers Of Heat-loving Bacteria Found In Cold Arctic Ocean

A team of scientists led by U of C grad Casey Hubert has detected high numbers of heat loving, or thermophilic, bacteria in subzero sediments in the Arctic Ocean off the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen. The bacterial spores might provide a unique opportunity to trace seepages of fluids from hot ... Read More

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'Team Diarrhea' tracks foodborne pathogens

The investigative work of a group of public health graduate students who work for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has helped find the sources of the country's two most recent major salmonella outbreaks, in peanuts earlier this year and in jalapeño peppers (previously blamed on tomatoes)... Read More

Treating IBD with probiotics? Use caution.

Researchers from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy, analyzed three strains of the common probiotic Lactobacillus for their immunological properties and efficacy to treat or prevent inflammatory bowel disease in mice. The results suggests that each probiotic strain should be char... Read More

Climate Change, Marine Mucilage and Microbial Pathogens in the Mediterranean Sea

A recent paper published in PLoS suggests that the warming of the Mediterranean Sea's surface water is turning "marine snow," mostly organic detritus falling from the upper layers of the water column, into marine mucilage, a gelatinous evolving stage of marine snow, which can reach huge dimensio... Read More

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