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Ben Hirschler

Ben Hirschler

    WHO declares Zika virus a global health emergency
    WHO declares Zika virus a global health emergency
    The World Health Organisation on Monday declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus to be a global emergency, as the disease linked to thousands of...
    Ebola: Trials could get to West Africa in January
    Ebola: Trials could get to West Africa in January
    The hunt for an Ebola vaccine will produce data soon about whether two experimental vaccines are safe and could lead to larger medical trials in...
    Life on a molecular level wins chemistry Nobel
    Life on a molecular level wins chemistry Nobel
    A German and two American scientists won the 2014 Nobel prize for chemistry on Wednesday for smashing the size barrier in optical microscopes,...
    Low-energy LED wins Nobel prize for physics
    Low-energy LED wins Nobel prize for physics
    An American and two Japanese scientists won the 2014 Nobel prize for physics on Tuesday for inventing a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light source, leading to the creation of modern LED light bulbs....
    Drug resistant Chinese bird flu raises concern
    Drug resistant Chinese bird flu raises concern
    The H7N9 virus was found to be resistant to Roche's widely used flu drug in three out of 14 patients who were studied in detail by doctors from...
    Inequalities and imbalances put globalisation at risk
    Inequalities and imbalances put globalisation at risk
    A backlash against rising inequality -- evident from the Occupy movement to the Arab Spring -- risks derailing the advance of globalisation and...
    Loosely: In the sky is a diamond planet
    Loosely: In the sky is a diamond planet
    Astronomers have spotted an exotic planet that seems to be made of diamond racing around a tiny star in our galactic backyard.
    Big Pharma's global guinea pigs
    Big Pharma's global guinea pigs
    The Polish port city of Gdansk is famous for its shipyards. Hungary's fifth largest city, Pecs, is known for its ancient architecture and brewery....
    The cost of a malaria-free world
    The cost of a malaria-free world
    Joe Cohen, a scientist tantalisingly close to delivering the world's first malaria vaccine, is on the stump.
    Fast machines, genes and the future of medicine
    Fast machines, genes and the future of medicine
    Francis Collins, who helped map the human genome, did not get around to having his own genes analysed until last summer. And he was surprised by...
    Zuma: Reserve Bank mandate needs debate
    Zuma: Reserve Bank mandate needs debate
    President Jacob Zuma said on Friday the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank needed debate, but it was premature to decide whether a move away...
    Swine flu vaccine 'promising', says EU agency
    Swine flu vaccine 'promising', says EU agency
    Early clinical trial results show swine flu vaccines now being rushed through development produce a strong immune response, suggesting they should...