The U.N. health agency may have decided way back in 1996 that the remaining stores of live smallpox virus--kept in facilities in Atlanta and Russia--be destroyed, but the virus has remained alive so researchers can examine it, creating vaccines and other cures. Now the U.S. has asked for the virus to stay extant for another five years for the same reason.
Humanity’s worst scourge, the smallpox virus, may finally wind up on death row in May if health officials decide to destroy the last known samples. The virus was eliminated in human populations more than 30 years ago, but several international groups want to kill any remaining virus samples stored in test tubes on two continents.
This summer new software will help researchers tap the unlimited power of idle PCs.
By Jenny Everett
Posted 05.27.2003 at 2:17 pm 0 Comments
Millions of science enthusiasts currently loan their unused PC power via the Web to researchers who need it in the hunt for medical cures and scientific eurekas. Millions more will likely follow suit later this summer when Berkeley scientist David Anderson debuts an easier and cheaper way to write distributed computing software.
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.