New Scientist 2009 trivia quiz

“If you want to read about the big science stories of the year, you have come to the wrong place – turn back to the news review gallery. Here we are celebrating the science trivia of 2009. Read on and test your mental mettle in New Scientist's annual end of year quiz, and we will see whether 2009 has truly been the Year of Science as promoted by the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science, or rather a Year of Superstition, Ignorance and Minds Like a Sieve.” (New Scientist)

Marburg Fever Survivor Puzzles Scientists

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“The Marburg virus had never before reached North America, as far as experts know. It is a close relative of Ebola, and the diseases these viruses cause are among the world’s most dreaded, because they can have horrific symptoms and high death rates and are easily transmitted by bodily fluids. There is no vaccine, cure or even specific treatment.

Infectious disease experts had warned for years that someday an infected person might board a plane and carry one of these deadly viruses halfway around the world, potentially exposing countless others along the way. Now it had happened.

But Ms. Barnes survived, and no one else became infected, even though epidemiologists calculated that 260 people — hospital and lab workers, friends and family — had potentially been exposed.” (New York Times )