The Great Debate

from Data Dive:

Numbers show just how deadly measles can be

February 3, 2015

An outbreak at Disneyland in December of last year caused at least 59 people to contract measles, and as cases of the viral disease continue to grow, so, too, does an epidemic of outrage over what is considered by many to be a preventable danger.

Vaccine politics: Blame science and win in Iowa

By Robert D. Johnston
February 3, 2015
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat Christie visit the One Nucleus life science company headquarters in Cambridge

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat Christie at the One Nucleus life science company headquarters in Cambridge, England, February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall

One group battling Islamic State has a secret weapon – female fighters

By Benedetta Argentieri
February 3, 2015
Female fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) stand at attention at a military camp in Ras a-Ain January 30, 2015. Picture taken January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Female fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) stand at attention at a military camp in Ras a-Ain January 30, 2015. Picture taken January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said

One (difficult) step to curbing extremism

By Sarah Chayes
February 3, 2015
Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Smoke and flames rise over a hill near the Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

What does Vladimir Putin really want in Ukraine?

By Nina Khrushcheva
February 2, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects laboratory projects as he visits the National Mineral Resources University in St. Petersburg

Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects laboratory projects as he visits National Mineral Resources University in St. Petersburg, January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Iran’s leaders wonder who’s really in charge in U.S. They may be surprised.

By Trita Parsi
February 1, 2015
Code Pink activists protest before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Perspectives on the Strategic Necessity of Iran Sanctions

Code Pink activists protest before a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Perspectives on the Strategic Necessity of Iran Sanctions, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 27, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

An Oscar Russia really doesn’t want to win

By David Gillespie
February 1, 2015
Aleksey Serebryakov as Kolya in Leviathan. REUTERS/Sony Pictures Classics

Aleksey Serebryakov as Kolya in Leviathan. REUTERS/Sony Pictures Classics

“Leviathan” is due to become one of the most celebrated Russian films in the West in decades, yet it may be banned in Russia. The film, which was the first from the country to win a Golden Globe since “War and Peace” in 1968, has also been nominated for an Oscar. But in Russia, the film has provoked a host of polarized reactions.

What precision medicine is, and how it might save your life some day

By Carlos Moreno
January 30, 2015
Graduate student Katie Bates studies a slice of rodent Parkinsonian brain tissue slices in the Nanomedicine Lab at UCL's School of Pharmacy in London

A researcher examines a slide. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

The term “precision medicine’’ is one that most Americans had likely never heard before President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, but it is an area of exciting promise in biomedical research that will eventually improve health outcomes and potentially reduce healthcare costs.

American corruption is exceptional, too

By Terry Golway
January 30, 2015
New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves federal court in New York

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaves the federal court in New York January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

from Breakingviews:

Rob Cox: Podemos can improve Spanish capitalism

January 29, 2015

By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.