Pandemic

Teens face down flu viruses, energy crises in winning Google Science Fair entries

Publication: NBC News   Date: September 24, 2013   View Article

Emerging strains of the flu virus are very close to becoming pandemic, bugs capable of killing millions of people. This stark realization prompted a young researcher named Eric Chen to accelerate the development of new antiviral drugs that could save lives. For his efforts he took top prize at the Google Science Fair Monday — he’s just 17 years old.

“I felt like this was a really urgent problem and I thought, well, why can’t I use this new computational power at our fingertips in order to speed up this process and find new anti-flu medicine,” Google Science Fair grand prize winner Eric Chen of San Diego, Calif., told NBC News

Summer to Kill Swine Flu in U.S. and Mexico?

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: April 30, 2009   View Article

The hot and humid days of summer could prove a death knell for the swine flu outbreak currently sweeping around the globe—at least in the U.S., Mexico, and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, experts say.

“If [the new swine flu strain] is like other types of influenza that have been tested, it would have a lower transmission rate in the summer,” said Jeffrey Shaman, an assistant professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who studies how the water cycle affects the spread of disease.

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