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Uniting against Neglected Tropical Diseases

LONDON, United Kingdom — Bill Gates, the world's leading thirteen pharmaceutical companies, governments and global organisations have announced unprecedented funding and support to eliminate and control ten neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2020.More than US $785 million will be donated to control or eliminate these infections that affect around 1.4 billion people in 149 endemic countries These infections kill or cause disability among the world's poorest people who live mainly in Africa, Latin America and South East Asia.Speaking at the Royal College of Physicians in London, where the new private-public initiative was announced, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said: "Many of the burdens [of NTDs] have come down but in fact they haven't come down nearly far enough...

January 30, 2012 — Gozde Zorlu

The NWA of DNA

Science and hip-hop? "Never the twain shall meet," you may cry, and until recently, I'd have agreed with you on that one, fo' shizzle. But then I stumbled across a collaboration which challenges that assumption...

December 29, 2011 — Joseph Milton

Two-faced: A Prezi exploring aging

Check out the Prezi I made, below, exploring the science of sun damage and looking at changing my skin aging narrative. .prezi-player { width: 550px; } .prezi-player-links { text-align: center; } Two-faced on Prezi...

November 30, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Audio interview with `Wild' author Jay Griffiths

Jay Griffiths is the author of a wonderful book called 'Wild'. Although 'Wild' was published five years ago, it is growing in word-of-mouth popularity and has recently struck a cord with musicians, which perhaps has something to do with the lyrical and poetic quality of her writing.Earlier this year, Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien recommended 'Wild' on the Radiohead blog; Nicolai Fraiture, the bassist for The Strokes, who interviewed Jay last month; and KT Tunstall has written that 'Wild' is her favourite book and has quoted from 'Wild' in her album 'Tiger Suit'...

November 23, 2011 — Christine Ottery

International Conference on eHealth 2011

I have arrived in Malaga to cover the live blog of the International Conference on eHealth 2011. On the short flight over here, I went through the research papers to be presented on the first day of the conference which starts tomorrow - and what a way to kick things off...

November 20, 2011 — Gozde Zorlu

Synthetic meat for thought

Vegetarian or vegan readers, would you have a problem with eating meat is the protein was grown in a lab? There would be no* animal cruelty involved, and no living breathing animals would have to die to end up on your plate...

November 18, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Grow your own Halloween outfit

Picture the scene. It’s the future and you've just rolled out of bed, swallowed your “full English breakfast” pill, washed down the day's Soma with a cup of (insert futuristic prefix here)-coffee and, as your media hub burns the day’s news directly into your hippocampus, it’s time to decide what to wear to the office (or wherever it is you go every day in a post-apocalyptic wasteland)...

October 31, 2011 — Joseph Milton

God species review

I wrote the following review a couple of months ago but failed to publish it. I was reminded of this when Martin Robbins asked yesterday on his Guardian blog: "Is environmentalism too left wing?" If there is one reason to read Mark Lynas’ book The God Species, it’s because of his exposition of the ‘planetary boundaries’ concept...

October 28, 2011 — Christine Ottery

Painting plasma

Through the years science has inspired many artists and some scientists have been driven to create art by the beauty they have witnessed during their work in the lab.

October 28, 2011 — Joseph Milton

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