Avian flu could easily become pandemic

The second of two highly-controversial academic papers on the H5N1 avian influenza has now been published, showing the virus is just four mutations away from an airborne version that could pass from human to human.

Report criticizes leaders of UN climate change panel

A long-awaited report into the Intergovernmetal Panel on Climate Change has concluded that the panel, which manages research into climate change, needs changes at the top.