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After 20 Years of Research, First Dengue Vaccine Finally Gets Approved

Finally, after years and years of research, Sanofi has created the first approved vaccine against dengue.

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Dengue is a vector-borne disease caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes. The disease is a major public health concern; according to the World Health Organization, an estimated 40% of the world’s population is at risk of acquiring the mosquito-borne diseases. Statistics also show that about 50-100 million infections occur worldwide every year, with 500,000 cases of severe dengue and over 20,000 deaths annually.

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For several decades now, scientists have been looking for the elusive vaccine that would solve the global menace that is dengue fever. However, roadblocks prevented them from devising the perfect concoction; trials and candidate vaccines did not yield results as good as they had hoped.  After years and years of research, multinational pharmaceutical company Sanofi has finally created the first approved vaccine against dengue. Called Dengvaxia, the vaccine cost 1.5 billion euros to produce. Mexico is the first country to approve its use and is already recommending its use to people aged between 9 and 45 years old.

Sanofi estimates sales of the vaccine to reach $1.4 billion by 2020. Some countries may distribute it for free, but Sanofi has affirmed that Dengvaxia will be priced at a “fair, affordable, equitable, and sustainable price”.

This, indeed, is a huge leap for global public health.

Source: Bloomberg

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Make Way For These Environment-friendly Roads Made of Recycled Plastic and Solar Panels

Say hello to these futuristic eco-friendly roads: an electricity-generating road, and a road made of recycled plastic!

Global warming and climate change are really serious issues that plague us. From the overload of non-biodegradable plastic wastes and the threat of depleting fuel, we must always look for innovative ways to solve these impending problems.

Good thing these issues are being tackled by some independent startups in the Netherlands. Two different groups are revolutionizing the ways that we will build our roads in the future. Introducing the SolaRoad of Krommenie, Netherlands and the Plastic Roads of Rotterdam. Read on and be inspired by these awesome Dutch innovations. Way to go Netherlands!

The Electricity-generating Road: SolaRoad

Come to think of it, all the roads and highways in the face of the earth surely stretch a thousand miles and imagine these perpetually exposed to the sun during daytime. Even if let's say that there is a traffic jam and cars overshadow the roads, there is still a considerable amount of time that these roads catch sunlight. Now what if all that sunlight is converted to usable solar energy? That is exactly what the makers of SolaRoad were inspired to do.

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Introducing Li-Fi, a LED Light-Powered Technology That Is 100 Times Faster Than Wi-Fi! Amazing!

Forget Wi-fi. Li-Fi is the legit beat!

Wi-fi has done tremendous things to humanity. It has enabled people from all over the world to stay connected, entertained and informed 24/7. However, we have to admit that it has its drawbacks. For one, some telecom providers charge skyrocket amount for Wi-fi services. Sometimes, we also have to deal with poor connection and the likes.

Now, Wi-fi finally got itself a competitor in a new technology discovered called Li-fi.

Li-fi utilizes visible spectrum instead of radio waves. It boasts a speed 100 times faster than the conventional Wi-fi such that it can offer 1Gbps (gigabit per second).

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Top 10 Most Mind Boggling Facts About CERN’s Large Hadron Collider

#6 Is Creepy!

CERN is well-known in the world due to its discovery of the Higgs Boson particle, which is said to enable particles to add up its mass as it travel through the Higgs field. Named after Peters Higgs, who first predicted the idea in 1964, the substance discovered is also known as the "God particle."

At present, CERN, which is the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is recognized to be the biggest particle physics laboratory in the world.

Here are 10 things about CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which revealed wonderful facts about physics and beyond.

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