Nonprofits launch $100M plan to support local health workers

A new philanthropic project hopes to invest $100 million in 10 countries, mostly in Africa, by 2030 to support 200,000 community health workers, who serve as a critical bridge to treatment for people with limited access to medical care. The Skoll Foundation and The Johnson & Johnson Foundation announced Monday that they donated a total … Read more

Concerns About Effects Of Fertility Treatment On Children’s Development Are Unwarranted, Large Study Suggests

Monday, 8 August 2022, 6:39 amPress Release: Growing Up in New Zealand Differences in the growth, weight, and body fat levels of children conceived through fertility treatment are small, and no longer apparent by late adolescence, finds new research. The University of Bristol-led study, published in the American Medical Association’s open access medical journal JAMA … Read more

James Lovelock and the legacy of his Gaia hypothesis – podcast

James Lovelock, the creator of the Gaia hypothesis, died last Tuesday on his 103rd birthday. Known as something of a maverick, the scientist and inventor was one of the most influential thinkers of the past century. Our global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, tells Madeleine Finlay about spending time with Lovelock for his forthcoming biography, the … Read more

Why these empty chairs at AIDS 2022 have Canada under fire

The cube-shaped white chairs, arranged in a line onstage, were empty. David Gillespie, a researcher at Cardiff University, had shown up to the panel in Montreal expecting to hear experts discuss the stigma that having HIV still carries in health-care settings. That was not what he got. Instead, he recounted in an email, an organizer … Read more

Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ has died at 89

Nichelle Nichols, who broke barriers for Black women in Hollywood when she played communications officer Lt. Uhura on the original “Star Trek” television series, has died at the age of 89. Her son Kyle Johnson said Nichols died Saturday in Silver City, New Mexico. “Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and … Read more

A century ago in Nova Scotia, Mabel Bell’s garden taught environmental lessons we’re still trying to learn

Alana Pindar is smiling broadly as she nudges a tiny green tomato with the tip of her forefinger. It’s a small victory, this tomato, but a significant one. That tiny tomato represents the first fruit — yes, fruit — of a garden that is as much a tribute as it is her research. Significantly, this … Read more

U.S. Senate passes Chips and Science bill

WASHINGTON (NEWS10) — The U.S. Senate passed a bill aimed at increasing chip production, and it could have a major local impact. The “Chips and Science” bill passed 66 to 43. The bill includes $280 billion in grants and tax breaks to encourage companies to build semiconductor plants in the U.S. The law is part … Read more

Strong quake kills 4, injures dozens in northern Philippines

MANILA – A strong earthquake set off landslides and damaged buildings in the northern Philippines in Wednesday, killing at least four people and injuring dozens. In the capital, hospital patients were evacuated and terrified people rushed outdoors. The 7-magnitude quake was centered in a mountainous area of Abra province, said Renato Solidum, the head of … Read more

Cats are ‘alien species’, says Polish institute

A respected Polish scientific institute has classified domestic cats as an “invasive alien species”, citing the damage they cause to birds and other wildlife. Some cat lovers have reacted emotionally to this month’s decision and put the key scientist behind it on the defensive. Wojciech Solarz, a biologist at the state-run Polish Academy of Sciences, … Read more

Strong quake kills 2, injures dozens in northern Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — A strong earthquake left at least two people dead and injured dozens in the northern Philippines on Wednesday, where the temblor set off small landslides and damaged buildings and churches and prompted terrified crowds and hospital patients in the capital to rush outdoors. The 7-magnitude quake was centered in the hard-hit province … Read more