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GSK Ebola vaccine won’t be ready until late 2015 – experts respond

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on October 20th, 2014.

The pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has said that its potential Ebola vaccine isn’t likely to be ready until late 2015. GSK is one of several companies trying to fast-track a vaccine to prevent the spread of Ebola in West Africa, compressing trials that would normally take up to 10 years into just 12 months. According to GSK’s press […]

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Updated: NZ climate proposal supported by US – experts respond

The ‘New Zealand proposal’ – an outline for reaching a climate agreement at negotiations in Paris next year – has this week received backing from the head of US climate negotiations. The proposal, submitted to the UN by New Zealand officials in March, offers an outline for drafting climate negotiations ahead of a meetings to […]

October 17th, 2014 Read full Story

Lockheed Martin announces nuclear fusion power advances – experts respond

US defence technology firm Lockheed Martin Corp says in a press release that it has made major technological advances in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion. The first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready in a decade, Lockheed Martin says. It also claims that it has shown it […]

October 16th, 2014 Read full Story

Gradual vs. rapid weight loss – Experts respond

Contrary to current dietary recommendations, slow and steady weight loss does not reduce the amount or rate of weight regain compared with losing weight quickly, according to new research. The Australian study was based 200 obese adults who were randomly assigned to either a 12-week rapid weight loss programme on a very-low-calorie diet or a […]

October 16th, 2014 Read full Story

Plants capture more CO2 than expected – experts respond

A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has suggested that current climate models have underestimated how much carbon dioxide plants absorb, therefore overstating how much of the gas is actually in the atmosphere. The scientists say current forecasts don’t account for the slow diffusion of atmospheric carbon dioxide inside plant leaves, […]

October 14th, 2014 Read full Story

UPDATED: What’s troubling our stomachs? Expert responds

The bacteria behind a recent spate of stomach complaints has been identified as Yersinia pseudotuberculosis.   Updated: The latest update from the Ministry of Primary Industries notes that there has been a total of 127 confirmed cases and 16 presumptive cases (suspected yet to be confirmed). A total of 38 people have been hospitalised. Over the past […]

October 9th, 2014 Read full Story

2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – experts respond

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been jointly awarded to Professor John O’Keefe of University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Professors May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The prize was awarded for their work in discovering an ‘inner GPS’ positioning system in the […]

October 7th, 2014 Read full Story

Ebola becoming airborne – experts respond

Media coverage around the continuing Ebola outbreak has questioned whether or not the virus could in future change its mode of transmission to become airborne, though this is thought to be unlikely. The coverage follows news of the first imported case of Ebola in the United States, where a man from Liberia was admitted to a hospital […]

October 3rd, 2014 Read full Story

First case of Ebola in United States – experts respond

The first imported case of Ebola in the US has been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and authorities are monitoring at least five schoolchildren who came into contact with the patient after he became sick and infectious. The patient came to the United States from Liberia on 20 September aboard a commercial […]

October 2nd, 2014 Read full Story

NZ ranks high in global ageing report – experts respond

New Zealand is the 10th best country in the world to grow old in, ranking above both Australia and the UK as part of an international assessment of how the elderly are faring globally. The Global AgeWatch Index 2014, carried out by researchers at HelpAge International and the University of Southampton, ranks 96 countries according to […]

October 1st, 2014 Read full Story

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