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These 10 U.S. counties vastly improved their premature death rates

When looking where to move, you might check out counties based on crime rates and school districts. A new report suggests you should seriously consider health as well.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute released their 2015 County …

Corbis

How to Block a Surveillance Camera: A DIY Art Tutorial from Ai Weiwei

A wine opener usage George Orwell would approve of.

“When things get tough,” Neil Gaiman advised on in his fantastic commencement address on the creative life, “this is what you should do: Make good art. I’m serious. Husband runs off with a politician — make good art. Leg crushed and then eaten by a

DIY

The Deadly Global War for Sand

The killers rolled slowly down the narrow alley, three men jammed onto a single motorcycle. It was a little after 11 am on July 31, 2013, the sun …

India

Atlantic Circulation Weaker Than In Last Thousand Years

A sweeping ocean conveyor system that ushers warm tropical waters into the North Atlantic appears to have partly recovered from a near-collapse …

Circulation

Electronics for the Human Body

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Accreditation Information

The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing …

Human Anatomy

New video explores the “completely different world” we would live in if bees went extinct

Bees are existentially threatened by colony collapse disorder, climate change and farming practices

Bees play an extremely important ecological role, pollinating flowers and promoting biological diversity. In fact, bees are so important that some have speculated that if bees were to go extinct, so …

Ecology

Ironically, offline Internet could help bridge the digital divide

Entrepreneurs, nonprofits and governments have tried for years to come up with a plausible way to bridge the digital divide, the gap between communities with access to digital technology and those without.

But despite noteworthy efforts, none has offered a global solution.

One project, however, which …

Digital Divide

World thinkers 2015: the results

Our top five thinkers: from left, Russell Brand, Naomi Klein, Thomas Piketty, Yanis Varoufakis and Paul Krugman. © David Fisher/Rex, Mars

Russell Brand

The Lights In This Refugee Camp Are Powered By Pee

With no fuel for electricity, humanitarians have turned to a more widely available resource.

Refugee camps are notorious for enabling violence against women. With poor lighting and little security, women are often vulnerable to abuse, particularly at night and around toilets.

One possible way to …

Refugee Camps

Modeling infectious disease dynamics in the complex landscape of global health

Mathematical modeling of infectious diseases

The spread of infectious diseases can be unpredictable. With the emergence of antibiotic resistance and …

Public Health

How to Fight the Next Epidemic

SEATTLE — The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed more than 10,000 people. If anything good can come from this continuing tragedy, it is that Ebola can awaken the world to a sobering fact: We are simply not prepared to deal with a global epidemic.

Of all the things that could kill more than 10 …

Ebola

Global health partnership has saved 2.5 million women and children since 2010, says UN chief

At a high-level event this morning at the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said preventable deaths of women and children could be ended …

United Nations

Philip K. Dick was right: we are becoming androids

The deep problem, for Dick, wasn't that mechanisms might become more manlike. It's that men might be reduced to mechanisms.

Originally published in Reason.com.

In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the Philip K. Dick novel that inspired the film Blade Runner, a bounty hunter pursues a group of …

Philip K. Dick

For Fukushima Workers, Cancer Isn’t the Only Health Threat | Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown | FRONTLINE

Two years after the earthquake and tsunami that damaged reactors at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, questions remain about the health of the workers who desperately battled to save the plant.

But their cancer risks may be lower than anticipated. A World Health Organization report, released …

Japan

Nicaragua's Renewable Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam

Nicaragua produces no oil, but is a land of fierce winds, tropical sun and rumbling volcanoes. In other words, it's a renewable energy paradise — and today the Central American nation is moving quickly to become a green energy powerhouse. Within a few years the vast majority of Nicaragua's …

Energy

Inside Project Loon: Google's internet in the sky is almost open for business

“Good news,” says Katelin Jabbari, Google X’s communications chief. “It’s about to explode.”

We’re several hundred feet in the air, inching our way along a wooden walkway tucked high into the rafters of the massive hangar at Moffett Federal Airfield, where Google’s most outlandish and secretive …

Google

Plan to crack down on ketamine puts millions of women at risk, say campaigners

A new proposal to limit access to ketamine around the world would have a devastating effect on the health of millions of women in poorer countries, say campaigners. Although in developed nations ketamine is known primarily as a party drug, in lower income countries it's one of the most widely used …

Ketamine

Bill Gates on The Verge: Can we eradicate some of the world's worst diseases by 2030? | The Verge

Guest editor Bill Gates

Can we eradicate some of the world’s worst diseases by 2030?

By Arielle Duhaime-Ross

We're excited to have Bill Gates as our guest editor in February. Throughout the month, Bill will be sharing his vision of how technology will revolutionize life for the world's poor by 2030 by

Bill Gates

Acidic oceans are threatening shellfish around US coasts

Ocean acidification—it’s happening, and US coastal communities should start preparing now, especially if the rest of us want scallops, oysters and other shellfish to keep appearing on our restaurant menus and dinner plates.

That’s the message of a new study that shows that America’s shellfisheries …

Shellfish

Anthropocene Futures


An unavoidable topic for thinking about the future in the twenty-first century has to be the question of the Anthropocene. Any kind of critical

Anthropocene

A Vacant Lot In Wyoming Will Become One Of The World's First Vertical Farms

A unique conveyer belt design allows the three-story greenhouse to be efficient and sustainable, providing jobs and fresh produce to the Jackson community.

Jackson, Wyoming, is an unlikely place for urban farming: At an altitude over a mile high, with snow that can last until May, the growing season …

Farming

Drones for Good

UAVs, or drones, have the potential to be important components of disaster relief. Their use in responding to crises is still in its infancy but …

Drones

FutureFood 2050

Biotech policy expert Calestous Juma believes educating Africa’s leaders about the role of technology in agriculture is key to helping the continent …

Agriculture

Fatal Accidents as a Global Health Crisis

Worried about what to worry about? Accidents should move higher up your list.

Worldwide, road injuries kill more people than AIDS. Falls kill nearly three times as many people as brain cancer. Drowning claims more lives than mothers dying in childbirth. Both fire and poisonings have many times more …

Medicine

Women's Health: Rewriting the Goals | Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The Chicago Council will also live stream this program.

What does the future hold for global women’s health? 2015 will see the evaluation of the …

New map of human genetics contains clues for Alzheimer's and cancer

Alzheimer's disease may involve the immune system, and researchers might have figured out how to pinpoint the origin of a cancer that has spread prior to diagnosis. These are just some of the findings reported today in a series of studies published in the Nature journals, which detail a largely …

Cancer

Scientists say all the world’s data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon

Even though it’s looking increasingly likely that humanity will find a way to wipe itself off the face of the Earth, there’s a chance that our creative output may live on. Servers, hard drives, flash drives, and disks will degrade (as will our libraries of paper books, of course), but a group of …

DNA

New Climate-Change Report Reminds Us NYC Will Eventually Become a Sweltering Swampland

Get out while you still can. Find a nice patch of land somewhere temperate where you can see the sky. Live out your days there, because at this point …