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“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
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
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
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
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 …
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
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
Biotech policy expert Calestous Juma believes educating Africa’s leaders about the role of technology in agriculture is key to helping the continent …Agriculture
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
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What does the future hold for global women’s health? 2015 will see the evaluation of the …Women's Health
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
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
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 …New York
What’s better than a zero-carbon source of electricity like solar or wind? One that removes carbon from the atmosphere—a negative-carbon source.It’s …Energy
It’s the frustration of many a designer: You grow up sketching and making with your hands, only to find yourself 20 years later spending the day in …Lego
Intense hurricanes possibly more powerful than any storms New England has experienced in recorded history frequently pounded the region during the …Roman Empire
Stem-cell advocates pin their hopes on an artificial pancreas to treat diabetes. Fourteen years ago, during the darkest moments of the “stem-cell …Pancreas
Obesity is determined by both by a person’s environment and their genetics. But until recently, researchers didn’t know exactly what role various regions of our DNA played in determining how human bodies look. Now, researchers have linked multiple new regions of the human genome to body mass index …Genetics
THE Republican Party has long resisted action on climate change, but now that much of the electorate wants something done, it needs to find a way out of the hole it has dug for itself. A committee appointed by the National Research Council may just have handed the party a ladder.
In a two-volume …Climate
In 1985, American intelligence analyst Samuel Loring Morison was charged with espionage after leaking this satellite image of a Soviet shipyard:And …Remote Sensing
From the saviors of Detroit to the Ice Bucket Challenge, the best in not-for-profit innovation.
1. The Foundation for Detroit's Future
For saving a city and its art. Some philanthropists make big donations to find a cure for a disease, or to help poor children overseas. But what if not-for-profits …Philanthropy
We've seen some incredible progress recently when it comes to the sense and avoid technology that lets drones navigate around obstacles. But we're still waiting for these systems to be robust enough to actually deploy to the public. In the meantime, a Swiss company called Flyability has created a …Drones
DUBAI 09 February 2015 (IRIN) - Most commonly associated with spying and military missions, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – or drones – …Disasters
An Obama initiative seeks to channel a torrent of gene information into treatments for cancer, other diseases.President Barack Obama is proposing to …DNA
This year, industrialized countries will spend $10.4 billion helping poor countries cut carbon emissions and brace for the impact of climate change. Meanwhile, the world shells out tens of billions a year combating infectious diseases like HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis, spending which continues to …
The number one trend in global health is the end of the sole actor and the embracing of collective impact. Here are three ways this trend may affect …Global Health
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Predicts A Long List Of Breakthroughs In Global Health And Development By 2030
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Worldwide child deaths will be halved over the next 15 years, polio, guinea worm and river blindness will be eradicated, and there will be a single-dose cure for malaria.
The predictions appear in the annual letter from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, chaired by the …Bill Gates
Future artificial organisms may come with better built-in brakes to prevent their spread, two papers published in the journal Nature suggest. That may make genetically modified organisms safer for use outside the lab.
Some people worry that GMOs might spread widely beyond their intended use, damaging …