The human use of energy has profound moral and ethical implications, raising issues that can only be answered by considering notions of justice. Earthzine science writer Osha Gray Davidson blogs about these crucial issues while on a fellowship at the Vermont Law School.
Osha Gray Davidson, posted on
July 8th, 2014
Climate, Economy, Energy, Health, Politics
Originally Published by Earth Sky -An estimated 48 million Americans (about 1 in 6) are stricken with food poisoning each year. So says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but it really is, as my italicizing implies, just an estimate. It’s difficult to say how many people get sick from meals annually because only a fraction of these cases are ever reported. Working with Yelp may provide some answers.
May 27th, 2014
Discussions of climate change often focus on mid-latitude effects in order to emphasize the need for action. However, climate change and ensuing ice melts are quickly devastating Arctic mammals and native peoples of the Arctic.
Sarah Frazier, posted on
March 19th, 2014
Climate, Ecosystems, Health, Quick Look
What infectious disease kills the most children under the age of five? If you guessed malaria or AIDS, guess again. Cholera claims more victims than either of those diseases. Now, a team of researchers are developing a method to provide early warning of cholera outbreaks. If successful, the effort could drastically reduce the number of cholera deaths.
Osha Gray Davidson, posted on
March 18th, 2014
Articles, Climate, Earth Observation, Health, Oceans, Water
Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute describes methods for tracking oceanic Cesium released by the Fukushima disaster and misperceptions about radioactive danger in the Northwest Pacific Ocean.
Elise Mulder Osenga, posted on
March 13th, 2014
Articles, Health, Oceans
Originally published by BBC - Ducks were the melting pot of viruses that led to the new bird flu emerging in China early this year, according to Chinese scientists tracking the evolution of the virus.
August 22nd, 2013
Originally published by BBC News- A lifetime of too much copper in our diets may be contributing to Alzheimer's disease, US scientists say.
August 20th, 2013
Originally published in the journal Cell - Researchers at King's College London have for the first time highlighted the natural regenerative capacity of a group of stem cells that reside in the heart. This new study shows that these cells are responsible for repairing and regenerating muscle tissue damaged by a heart attack which leads to heart failure.
August 16th, 2013
Originally published by Science - An investigational malaria vaccine has been found to be safe, to generate an immune system response, and to offer protection against malaria infection in healthy adults.
August 9th, 2013
Originally published by The Journal of Cell Biology-Researchers at Warwick Medical School have identified the key role played by a team of proteins in the process of mitosis. Working out how to control them may give scientists a way to destroy cancerous cells.
August 7th, 2013