February 2017

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**microbiologists: you can help out! read the end of the post!**

The anti-science sentiment has long existed before this administration. Part of the problem is that many American don't personally know a scientist or understand what life is like as a scientist.

Data from a Research!American poll found that 70% of Americans polled could not name a living scientist. Of those that could name a living scientist, 43% named Stephen Hawking, 6% named Neil Degrasse Tyson, and 5% named Bill Nye. Among those named were also Jane Goodall, James Watson, Richard Dawkins, Michio Kaku, and Mehmet Oz. This means, most people who could name a living scientist could not name a scientist that they directly knew, a neighbor, a friend, etc. (more…)

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Mosquito-borne illnesses may increase due to global warming

Mosquito bites are such a nuisance. They itch intensely for days, you can't help but scratch them, and you are left with a scar to remember them by. For much of the world, this is the aftermath of a mosquito bite. But in warm tropical climates, mosquitos are carriers of a variety of microbes pathogenic to humans. Dengue, malaria, West Nile, yellow fever, and Zika are all examples mosquito-borne illnesses. (more…)