Constant darkness, bone-chilling temperatures and cut off from the rest of the world. If you're going to spend winter in Antarctica you'll be glad of a few home comforts
If economists used up-to-date models of the kind already used in epidemiology, the Greek debt crisis might never have reached the current impasse
Watch zooplankton waft tiny, fluorescent beads of plastic towards them, before swallowing the stuff – demonstrating the dangers of marine litter
An eradication programme in Piracicaba, Brazil, is using genetically modified mosquitoes to control disease-carrying ones, and Florida could be next
Playing the classic video game a day after witnessing a traumatic event could reduce the risk of developing PTSD
As the cash dries up in Greece, how can economic paralysis be averted? Innovative parallel currencies offer one way to tackle the crisis, says Jem Bendell (full text available to subscribers)
Stopping a protein that builds up with age has been shown to aid memory and help mouse brains remain young. If true in humans, a drug could halt memory loss
NASA says temporary loss of contact with the spacecraft over the weekend was a one-off and won't affect its historic arrival at the dwarf planet next week
Wind turbines can't compete with fossil-fuel power plants unless we factor in the needs of both investors and environment, says policy expert Michael Grubb (full text available to subscribers)
This is the age of world web wars, with nation states engaged in an arms race of cyber weapons. But the game is more shadowy than warmongers make out (full text available to subscribers)
A former coal mine in Scotland has been transformed into a vast cosmic homage, complete with galactic hills and megalithic universes
Chances are, your smartphone is broadcasting sensitive data to the world, says Glenn Wilkinson, who hacks people's phones to demonstrate the risk (full text available to subscribers)
From rainforest revival and green technology to social changes, the age of humans is not necessarily a one-way ticket to eco-disaster, argue three new books
Last week, the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published a new guideline, Suspected cancer: recognition and referral, updating their previous 2005 cancer guideline and incorporating updates for lung and ovarian cancers. NICE estimates that 5000 lives could be saved in England annually if cancers are diagnosed sooner, and they hope that this guideline will help general practitioners (GPs) and patients to consider and identify cancer at the earliest presentation. The guideline provides a new symptom-based approach for diagnosis, to improve recognition of early cancer across all patient groups, including children and young and older adults.
Independence Day, July 4, is a time for shared joy and pride within the USA; and elsewhere, for respectful admiration of that country's founding principles. One of those principles is that the government's power is balanced by three branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. Opponents to the Affordable Care Act 2010 have exploited both legislative and judicial methods to frustrate implementation of the Act, including the Supreme Court, which ruled on June 25.
Pride in London 2015, England's biggest pride parade so far, took place last weekend, bringing together the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Despite this celebration, a report from Public Health England on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in England in 2014, published on June 23, 2015, uncovers alarming statistics in men who have sex with men (MSM). Although total STI diagnoses decreased by 0·3% in England from 2013 to 2014, diagnoses in MSM rose sharply, with syphilis increasing by 46%, gonorrhoea by 32%, chlamydia by 26%, and genital herpes and warts by 10% each.
We live in a remarkable era of accelerated progress in reducing child deaths in the poorest countries.1 The death rate in children younger than 5 years in low-income countries has dropped by 28·1% since 2000. The Millennium Declaration set an ambitious goal of reducing the death rate in this age group by two-thirds in each country.2 Progress has not been even, but since the year 2000 reductions were recorded in 136 of 138 low-income and middle-income countries. In the few months remaining until the end of the Millennium Development Goal period, even more can be achieved.
What do I know? That question was the impulse behind Michel de Montaigne's essays. Whether he was writing about illness, vanity, drunkenness, or sleep, Montaigne wrote with informality, intimacy, and incisive knowledge. As another great essayist William Hazlitt said of Montaigne, “he did not set up for a philosopher, wit, or orator or moralist but he became all these by merely daring to tell us whatever passed through his mind”. In the centuries since Montaigne mastered this form, the essay, a discursive and intimate form of personal reflection, has remained a powerful way to inform, engage, and entertain readers.
4 pm on a Tuesday. Press day. The issue is finally passed. Pencils no longer raised. Telephones silent. Scissors and glue put to one side. The last courier long gone. Out comes a bottle of sherry and we each pour a glass. Tomorrow, the cycle begins again. That was in 1990. The Lancet has been home, friend, escape, and inspiration for 25 years. I began reading the journal as a fourth-year medical student. I didn't understand much (truthfully, most) of it. But the journal seemed to stand for something compelling and important.
The spread of the Middle East respiratory syndrome to Asia has put the public health community on trial for a lack of adequate preparedness in preventing such infections. John Maurice reports.