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Watch Bill Gates Sip Water Made From Sewer Sludge [Updated]

The goal of the Gates Foundation is to improve the quality of life for people around the world. Over 2.5 billion people around the world do not have access to safe sanitation, which is why Bill Gates is working with a company that built a sewage treatment machine that can turn human waste into …

Bill Gates

A Turning Point For Water In Agriculture

Agriculture in this century has faced its share of challenges, from large-scale destructive weather events to environmental protests calling for the …

A Year After West Virginia Chemical Spill, Some Signs of Safer Water

A handful of states have adopted new regulations for chemical storage tanks.<p>A year ago Friday, Rebecca Roth experienced what she calls one of the "worst fears" she has known as a mother.<p>A large-scale chemical spill on the Elk River near her home in Charleston, West Virginia, had unleashed an …

Vancouver Island hot springs warming up after quake left water cold

Print<p>Related<p>HOT SPRINGS COVE — Natural hot springs in a remote park on the west coast of Vancouver Island appear to be rebounding after an earthquake …

First Nations

The global gender gap: Here's how Singapore compares to the rest of the world

SINGAPORE - Singapore is the 10th best country in the world when it comes to women being paid as much as men for doing similar jobs.<p>However, that was …

Gender Equality

Singapore trails behind other Asian countries on workplace gender equality

Neighbor Malaysia has shot up to second place.<p>Singapore trails behind other key Asian countries when it comes to gender parity in the workplace, the …

Singapore

Climate Mission Impossible: Scientists Say Fossil Fuels Must Go Untapped

New study says vast amounts of coal, oil, and gas must be left untouched to limit global warming.<p>Canada's tar sands need to stay in the ground, the oil beneath the Arctic has to remain under the sea, and most of the world's coal must be left untouched in order to prevent global temperatures from …

Suicide blast at Istanbul police station kills officer

A female suicide bomber attacked a police station in a historic district of Istanbul on Tuesday, killing one officer and wounding another.<p>According to the Istanbul governor, Vasip Sahin, a woman tried to enter the building of the tourism police in Sultanahmet saying that she was a tourist and had …

Extremism

Ebola: 'nothing prepares you for the sheer brutality,' says Australian nurse

Australian nurse Brett Adamson had worked in Africa before, but he said nothing could prepare him for the “sheer brutality” of the Ebola virus.<p>As project coordinator of an Ebola management centre, the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse’s role was far broader than he had ever imagined.<p>“I was …

Disease

Discovery of witness’s mutilated body feeds accusations of state killings

The gruesome murder of a man who had been due to testify in the international criminal court (ICC) trial of Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, has fuelled accusations that the government is orchestrating the killing of witnesses.<p>Meshack Yebei’s mutilated body was found floating in a river in …

Africa

11 Remarkable Health Advances From 2014

From groundbreaking new drugs to doctor-assisted suicide, 2o14 was full of historic moments that are bound to play on in a big way throughout 2015 …

Breast Cancer

Blood Donation Ban Is Only The First Barrier To Medical Equality For Gay Men

Some gay and bisexual men who want to donate blood will be able to once the Food and Drug Administration's new recommendations take effect. The revised policy will overturn the current lifelong ban on blood from men who have sex with other men and permit donations from men who have abstained from …

Scientists use skin cells to create artificial sperm and eggs

Early-stage sex cells research in Cambridge has potential to help people with fertility problems<p>Scientists have made primitive forms of artificial sperm and eggs in a medical feat that could transform the understanding of age-related diseases and fertility problems.<p>Researchers in Cambridge made the …

St. Louis Shooting Is the Anti-Ferguson

While the Michael Brown case suffered from hazy details, this incident features cameras that provide police a version of events that support the …

It's been a great year! Thanks to these Facebook scams...

From ‘guess who viewed your profile’ apps to naked videos and dodgy ads, malware developers targeted the social network in 2014<p>If you’re on Facebook, chances are your news feed is currently full of “It’s been a great year!” slideshows posted by friends using the social network’s end-of-year review …

A Burger Joint Pays $15 An Hour. And, Yes, It's Making Money

Fast-food workers rallied around the country Thursday, calling for a minimum wage of $15 an hour. But in suburban Detroit, a small but growing fast-casual burger and chicken chain has already figured out how to pay higher wages and still be profitable.<p>When Moo Cluck Moo opened its first location …

Will oil’s drop hurt renewable energy?

Suddenly cheap oil prices may spur economic re-calculations across the board, but many analysts are sticking with a still-sunny outlook for renewable …

Renewable Energy

Uber Is Richer Than Ever, But The Company Still Isn't Playing Nice

Uber is riding high. The company announced its latest investment numbers Thursday, and they're impressive. Uber Technologies Inc. raised $1.2 billion in its latest round of financing, and is now valued at over $40 billion. Fortune magazine also reports that the ride-sharing service was recently …

Spotting terrorist behaviour online is harder than finding child ​abuse images

The ISC suggests internet companies can detect terrorist communications in the same way as search engines find child abuse images. But these are very different technical undertakings<p>Why are we outraged by the suggestion that Facebook users’ messages should be screened for potential terrorist …

Up to 13,000 working as slaves in UK

Government launches strategy to end slavery as number of victims found to be up to four times higher than thought<p>As many as 13,000 people in Britain are victims of slavery, about four times the number previously thought, analysis for the government has found.<p>The figure for 2013 marks the first time …

Drought-hit Sao Paulo may 'get water from mud': TRFN | Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - São Paulo, Brazil’s drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say.<p>A resident looks out of her apartment in a building painted with a …

Here's How the US Could Pretty Much Eliminate Carbon Dioxide Pollution | VICE News

A common refrain heard from boosters of the fossil fuel industry states that converting the US economy to run on renewables would be too costly and rely too heavily on unproven technologies. Why risk tanking the nation's economy, they ask, when coal, oil, and natural gas have powered our vehicles …

Fossil Fuels

Disgraced DNA pioneer James Watson to sell his Nobel Prize medal

US scientist wants to ‘re-enter public life’ after being shunned for seven years over his comments linking race and intelligence<p>One of the world’s best-known scientists is selling his Nobel Prize medal in a bid to allow him to “re-enter public life” after being shunned for the past seven years for …

Why American Honey Importers Are Wary Of 'Turkish' Honey

Turkey is a land of fine honey. Bees produce more of the sweet stuff in Turkey than in any other country except China. And Turkish consumers happily eat most of it themselves. Very little Turkish honey is exported. When it is, it usually commands premium prices.<p>But some American honey producers say …

#575 – One Blood Test To Rule Them All

I’m a huge fan of the X-Prize, the monetarily motivated competition that aims to inspire solutions to the world’s most pressing problems by giving …

The Outrageous Celibacy Requirement for Gay Blood Donors

An FDA committee recommends shrinking lifetime ban to one-year ‘deferral period’—but it’s still more politics than science.<p>Can you be a victim of …