Worse than Ebola
By now, the top false-color micrograph should be frighteningly familiar. It’s the Ebola virus, fear of which spreads faster than the actual pathogen. Below is something far more deadly – and even more familiar: the flu virus.
While there is not yet a vaccine for Ebola, there is one for the flu – a simple, single shot that almost everyone should get. There’s even a nasal spray version for those afraid of needles.
But millions of Americans each year do not get vaccinated. One reason is lethargy. Another is ignorance. Many myths surround the flu vaccine. National Public Radio recently cited 32.
Here’s myth No. 1: You should fear Ebola more than the flu.
Fact: The flu kills more people in a year in the United States than Ebola has killed in the history of the world.
Go get vaccinated.
Travis Fimmel as Ragnar Lothbrok in Vikings
Walls might be the next frontier for urban farming.
“Micro-organisms like algae are like bacteria—it’s one of those things that in our culture people try to get rid of,” Griffa says. “But algae offer incredible potential because of their very intense photosynthetic activity.” Algae take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen while growing. Compared to a tree, micro-algae are about 150 to 200 times more efficient at sucking carbon out of the air.
This Week in Chemistry: a compound found in broccoli that could help those with autism, feeding fungi on cheerios to produce useful metabolites, and more. Links to studies (as well other notable news this week) here: http://goo.gl/oyNlK6
(Posted an older TWIChem accidentally initially - this one’s now got the correct graphic!)