Leptospirosis strikes Bronx, all too familiar with rats

Leptospirosis goes by many names. Mud fever, sewerman’s flu, and swamp fever are just a few of the monikers for the illness caused by Leptospira. As the names indicate, the disease is associated with filth, and in the developed world, it is rare. But in the Grand Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx, where the conditions in some of the buildings have long been called “unlivable” by … Continue reading Leptospirosis strikes Bronx, all too familiar with rats

Mycobacterium chimaera Spread from Heating and Cooling Units in Heart Surgery

  A global outbreak of infections with a form of nontuberculous mycobacteria, Mycobacterium chimaera, has occurred after open-heart surgery. The infections are thought to be acquired through airborne transmission of aerosolized bacteria from water tanks. A recent study used whole-genome sequencing to demonstrate that transmission of M. chimaera likely occurred from a point source. The study has the potential to improve responses to future outbreaks.   Continue reading Mycobacterium chimaera Spread from Heating and Cooling Units in Heart Surgery

‘The music wars are over’

Philip Glass celebrated his 80th birthday on Jan. 31 with the premiere of his Eleventh Symphony, a lengthy Carnegie Hall ovation greeting the onetime maverick. For anyone who remembers just how much of a pariah Glass’s minimalism once made him — audience members yelling or throwing eggs during concerts were not unheard-of — the flood of mainstream acceptance is astonishing. Yet few composers of Glass’s … Continue reading ‘The music wars are over’

Leonard Perroots, General Who Defused Nuclear Crisis With Soviets, Dies at 83

In early November 1983, after President Ronald Reagan denounced the Soviet Union as the “evil empire” and unveiled his so-called Star Wars missile defense strategy, Kremlin leaders were growing convinced that war games planned by the United States and NATO in Western Europe were, in fact, a disguised prelude to a nuclear first strike on Russia. Their fear was almost palpable. On Sept. 27, a Soviet … Continue reading Leonard Perroots, General Who Defused Nuclear Crisis With Soviets, Dies at 83

African Americans against the bomb: A discussion with Dr. Vincent Intondi

Nuclear Weapons, Race, and Justice in the Trump Era with Vincent Intondi Thursday February 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm  Boston Public Library, Copley Square Nuclear Weapons, Race, and Justice in the Trump Era Please join the Union of Concerned Scientists for an important discussion with Dr. Vincent Intondi, author of African Americans Against the Bomb, on the intersection of US nuclear weapons policy and the fight for racial … Continue reading African Americans against the bomb: A discussion with Dr. Vincent Intondi