Was the movie Contagion more realistic scientifically than your average doomsday zombieland flick? Tonight at the New York Academy of Sciences, PopSci contributor David Quammen will lead an expert panel in addressing that question—and speculating what the next deadly viral outbreak may look like.
By Jennifer Bogo
Posted 10.17.2012 at 12:00 pm 3 Comments
Last year, Nature and Science prepared to publish research describing how to mutate H5N1, a deadly bird flu, into more-contagious forms. The papers could help scientists create a treatment should a similar mutation occur in nature. But according to the U.S. government, the papers could also help terrorists create a weapon.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.