Predicting the next zoonotic spillover

Predicting the next zoonotic spillover

A vexing problem facing epidemiologists is predicting where a novel disease might emerge from animals and begin to infect humans. Could they have known in advance how and when MERS would make the initial jump to humans, or when familiar zoonoses suddenly appear in an...
Insect outbreaks help forests survive wildfires

Insect outbreaks help forests survive wildfires

When it comes to forest management, conventional knowledge holds that insect outbreaks increase the risk of and damage from wildfires. The logic is that these insects increase the amount of fuel for a fire because they kill so many trees. The 2014 US Farm Bill even...
Tiny insects helped solve a tricky engineering problem

Tiny insects helped solve a tricky engineering problem

Drones have become ubiquitous, and apart from taking stunning videos, are poised to help with everything from disaster recovery to public health. The problem is that the constraints of battery power and mechanical fatigue result in highly limited flight time. Bigger...

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