Is Immunization the Reason George Washington (and Not the Queen of England) Is on the Dollar Bill?
George Washington was not only the founding father of the U.S., but also of mass immunization.
In a new three-minute video, Chris Woolf explains how, without George Washington's then controversial decision to roll out mass immunization against smallpox among the patriot army, America may have become a very different place:
PBS's new documentary The Vaccine War investigates the impact of the modern day anti-vaccine movement on public health in America. Surprisingly, the documentary failed to address the backfire effect. A growing body of research suggests that educating anti-vaxxers about the dangers of not getting vaccinated can actually make them less likely to vaccinate themselves and their children, unless we are very careful about how we go about it. Earlier this week on this blog, we looked at the implications of this fascinating new area of research for the problem of falling rates of vaccination.
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The navigation tool has placed a school in the sea, among other things.
- Google has apologized for the sudden instability of its maps in Japan.
- Errors may stem from Google's long-time map data provider Zenrin – or from the cancellation of its contract.
- Speculation on the latter option caused Zenrin shares to drop 16% last Friday.
Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.
- At a glance, this map shows both the size and distribution of world religions.
- See how religions mix at both national and regional level.
- There's one country in the Americas without a Christian majority – which?
A new computer model solves a pair of Jovian riddles.
- Astronomers have wondered how a gas giant like Jupiter could sit in the middle of our solar system's planets.
- Also unexplained has been the pair of asteroid clusters in front of and behind Jupiter in its orbit.
- Putting the two questions together revealed the answer to both.
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