24 Nov, 2017

Why Africa needs adequate plant surveillance

Recently, a tomato insect pest, Tuta absoluta, swept across Nigeria, devastating tomato fields and leading to immeasurable financial losses and emotional trauma. T. absoluta originated from the Andean region in South America. …

22 Nov, 2017

Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude Users by Race

In February, Facebook said it would step up enforcement of its prohibition against discrimination in advertising for housing, employment or credit. …

16 Nov, 2017

How food gardens based on traditional practice can improve health in the Pacific

Around 70% of deaths in Pacific Island countries are due to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.

We wanted to know whether it’s possible to reduce the alarming rates of these non-communicable diseases in these countries, and Pacific atolls in particular, while improving nutrition security and income. So we started a project with the aim of diversifying food crop production, including nutritious leafy vegetables, on outer island atolls of Kiribati and Tuvalu. …

13 Nov, 2017

Use biotech to beef up climate fight

Poor nations shouldn’t miss out on advances such as lab-cultured meat and low-methane GM rice, says Jayson Merkley.

Industrialised nations contain 20 per cent of the global population, yet historically are responsible for roughly 75 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This amounts to a moral debt to developing nations — a debt richer countries can start to pay off by embracing biotech solutions and eating fewer animal products. …

09 Nov, 2017

Drug Companies Make Eyedrops Too Big – And You Pay for the Waste

The makers of cancer drugs also make vials with too much medication for many patients. The excess drugs are tossed in the trash — another reason health care costs are so high. …

06 Nov, 2017

We discovered this dinosaur had stripes – and that tells us a lot about how it lived

Working out what colour dinosaurs were was once thought impossible. But recent discoveries about how colour-producing pigments are preserved in fossils has allowed palaeontologists to reconstruct some dinosaurs’ colour patterns. And by better understanding what dinosaurs looked like, we can learn more about their behaviour and the environments they lived in. …

02 Nov, 2017

Leave no child behind: Moving the agenda forward

Most of the world now recognises that only by creating an environment in which children can reach their full potential can the poorest children compete as adults on a more level playing field. …

30 Oct, 2017

The Painting That Saved My Family From the Holocaust

A frightened young woman left her apartment in Munich in November 1938 and returned with the visa that saved her family. A team of German journalists launched an improbable search to find the missing artwork and tell its story. …

27 Oct, 2017

When cities were Nature’s haven: a tale from Bangalore

We tend to think that nature and cities are polar opposites. Yet this is not true. As my research on Bangalore or Bengaluru – India’s IT hub – shows, for centuries, the population of this region grew because of nature, not despite it. …

24 Oct, 2017

Climate warming linked to India’s ‘suicide epidemic’

[NEW DELHI] Warming due to climate change may have caused some 59,000 suicides over the last three decades in India, says a new study which statistically links temperature spikes to crop failures and farmer distress and suicides.

Published July in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the analytical study focused on India — where one-fifth of the world’s suicides occur — to demonstrate that climate factors, particularly temperature rise, influence a growing suicide epidemic. …

20 Oct, 2017

Camera Catches Shoving Match with Group Home Worker Before Teenager’s Heart Stopped

Janaia’s death represents another setback for AdvoServ, part of a growing, government-funded industry that provides housing and care nationwide for hundreds of thousands of people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Both Maryland and Delaware had already sanctioned the company, which is besieged with complaints about its treatment of a vulnerable population and the conditions of its homes. …

17 Oct, 2017

Thinking about women and girls makes development work better for everyone

While development programming is increasingly politically savvy, and women and girls are high on the agenda, it’s bizarre how often gender is overlooked as one of the key determinants of who gets what in the world.

In our research we’ve been looking at what happens when gender analysis is placed more squarely at the heart of governance work. For example, can it improve our ability to understand how change happens? …

13 Oct, 2017

Post-quake Nepal vulnerable to geohazards

One year after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, a multi-hazard risk assessment and management approach that takes into account the loss of 9,000 lives, damage worth seven billion dollars and tremor-induced geohazards is yet to be developed, says a new study. …

10 Oct, 2017

As Parents Struggle to Repay College Loans for Their Children, Taxpayers Also Stand to Lose

Parents are increasingly struggling to repay federal loans they've taken out to help cover their children's college costs, according to newly released federal data. …

06 Oct, 2017

How fair is it for just three people to receive the Nobel Prize in physics?

The Nobel Foundation statutes decree that “in no case” can a Nobel Prize be divided between more than three people. So it may not raise many eyebrows that the 2017 award in physics went to just three scientists on the LIGO team for their “decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.” …

04 Oct, 2017

Texas Official After Harvey: The ‘Red Cross Was Not There’

This story was co-published with The Texas Tribune.

The Red Cross’ anemic response to Hurricane Harvey left officials in several Texas counties seething, emails obtained by ProPublica show. In some cases, the Red Cross simply failed to show up as it promised it would. …

29 Sep, 2017

Science journalism and communication make a good match

"Journalists giving a press conference to journalists about journalism" is how Pekka Isosomppi, press officer for the Finnish Embassy in London, opened last month's panel discussion on the future of science journalism. His remark received a hearty laugh from the audience, breaking the ice in the reception room of the Finnish ambassador's official residence in Kensington Palace Gardens. …

26 Sep, 2017

UNHCR accuses government of breaching undertaking over refugee cases

The United Nations high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, has accused Australia of breaking its word by refusing to allow refugees on Manus Island and Nauru with family in Australia to settle here – a claim denied by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. …

19 Sep, 2017

The Trumps Say They’re Opening Hotels in Dallas, Nashville and Elsewhere. We Couldn’t Find Evidence of Them.

Earlier this summer, the Trump Organization announced big plans to open a line of hotels across the country. The new brand, American IDEA, would be modestly priced and patriotically themed. “The product is very hometown and fits in every hometown in the United States,” Trump Hotels CEO Eric Danziger said during a presentation at Trump Tower in Manhattan, the same place where Donald Trump had announced his presidential campaign two years earlier. …

15 Sep, 2017

Turkey, the Rohingya crisis and Erdoğan’s ambitions to be a global Muslim leader

The emerging humanitarian crisis that has been rocking Myanmar - where an estimated 370,000 Rohingya have been forced out of the country – has prompted broad international condemnation. But so far it has translated into little concrete action. …
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