You’ve Never Seen Herpes Like This Before

Herpes is decidedly not amazing. But a new view of its molecular structure might make you say “wow.” Read More >>

Viruses May Be Responsible For Life As We Know It

You probably know viruses as the demons behind your nasty cold, the not-quite-living monsters that infiltrate cells and plug in their own genetic material. But the horrible little buggers might have been crucial to forming the cells in our own bodies today. Read More >>

Scientists Hope To Foil Deadly Frog Fungus With More Fungus

It’s been called “the worst infectious disease ever recorded among vertebrates.” The devastating effect of the chytrid fungus on frog populations around the world has contributed to the extinction of at least 200 species and no one knows where it came from. But now scientists are hoping to tweak the amphibian’s evolutionary development by bulking up their bods with small doses of the very thing that’s killing them. Read More >>

A Nostalgic Virus is Infecting Windows Machines

They don’t make them like this anymore.

Zika Might Have Been in Brazil Longer Than We Originally Thought

While the Zika Virus outbreak has been raging across Central America, new studies suggest that the virus might have arrived in Brazil much earlier than previously thought: in 2013. Read More >>

Bioweapon Experts Aren’t Buying the Tesla Model X’s Bioweapon Defence Mode 

The air conditioning system in the new Tesla Model X has three modes: circulating air from outside the car, re-circulating air that’s already inside the cabin, and a “bioweapon defense mode”, triggered by a button on the dashboard, which creates positive pressure inside the cabin to keep outside particles at bay. So, does it work? We asked bioweapons experts for their take on Tesla’s panic button. Read More >>

Eight Malicious Mobile Viruses that Screwed Up Our Phones

When I say computer virus to you, I bet you think about the annoying amount of malicious software that was written for Windows XP back in the day. But it's a post-PC world now, and we don't need to worry about that sort of thing any more, right? Read More >>

Meet Regin, Super Spyware That’s Been Attacking Computers for Years

In case you needed more affirmation that the internet is not a safe place, Symantec published a report today detailing a sophisticated form of spyware known as Regin. Read More >>

Micro-Organism Infections Could Make People Stupid

Scientists have uncovered a strain of algae virus living in humans, one that seems to lower the cognitive performance of those infected. It may actually be possible to catch being stupid. Read More >>

Soviet Doctors Cured Infections With Viruses, and Soon Yours Might Too

In the Soviet Union, western antibiotics couldn't make it past the Iron Curtain. So Eastern Bloc doctors figured out how to use viruses to kill the bacteria that caused infections. Now, with antibiotic-resistant bacteria vexing modern medicine, that eerie yet effective method might come our way. In post-antibiotic world, infection is cure! Read More >>

Cold Call Scammer Convicted for Scaring Windows Users Into Paying for Software

Hooray! One of the people behind the "Your computer is leaking personal information" phone scams has been convicted, with Mohammed Khalid Jamil earning a four-month suspended jail term for hiring call centre staff to trick unaware Windows users into paying for bogus malware protection. Read More >>