Daily Archives: July 2, 2010

Gapminder: Making Statistics Stimulating

Gapminder is a brilliant website that allows you to view a variety of statistics related to development in an interactive and stimulating way. Teachers can use it educate about trends in many different indicators over time and to highlight differences … Continue reading

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Antibiotics and Agriculture

The Food and Drug Administration is taking some long overdue but still too timid steps to rein in excessive use of antibiotics in American agriculture. For years now industrial and many smaller-scale farmers have routinely fed antibiotics to their cattle, … Continue reading

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Rescue teams search for China landslide victims

Rescue teams have been using heavy machinery to search for survivors after a landslide triggered by torrential rains buried a village in southern China. More than 100 people are thought to be buried underneath heaps of mud and feared dead in … Continue reading

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Britain faces drink, drugs and obesity health crisis

Figures show large jump in obesity as well as drink and drug-related deaths, although life expectancy continues to rise Britain appears to be in the midst of a health crisis with soaring levels ofobesity and sharp increases in deaths from … Continue reading

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Bike messengers deliver condoms as part of Swiss health campaign

As part of a campaign to fight AIDS, Swiss health officials are offering a new twist on safe sex: condoms delivered to your door. Switzerland’s Federal Office of Public Health began a new program Thursday giving people in Geneva, Bern and … Continue reading

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Climategate Continues to Crumble

Score a win for climate science: Penn State University announced today that climate scientist Michael Mann had been cleared of all scientific misconduct charges stemming from the “climategate” emails that had been hacked from Britain’s East Anglia University last fall. … Continue reading

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Deep-sea mining adds to fears of marine pollution

Concerns about large-scale marine pollution, fuelled by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, are set to be heightened by a new development in exploitation of the oceans: deep-sea mining. The Chinese government has just lodged the first application to mine … Continue reading

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Coalition of the Willing: Post-Copenhagen animation

Where do we go after last year’s failed Copenhagen climate change conference? Coalition of the Willing is an animated film that attempts to answer that question, and the Guardian can exclusively show the video prior to its official launch tomorrow. The film … Continue reading

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How Goldman gambled on starvation

Speculators set up a casino where the chips were the stomachs of millions. What does it say about our system that we can so casually inflict so much pain? http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-how-goldman-gambled-on-starvation-2016088.html

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Genes predict living beyond 100

What makes these people live a very long life is not a lack of genetic predisposition to diseases, but rather an enrichment of longevity. Paola Sebastiani, Boston University http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10475018.stm

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