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Unimpeachable logic says Trump shouldn’t quit Paris climate pact

New Scientist - Ma, 23/05/2017 - 17:08
President Donald Trump should keep the US in the Paris Agreement on climate and embrace it as a great deal for his nation's economy, says Owen Gaffney

A classic quantum test could reveal the limits of the human mind

New Scientist - Ma, 23/05/2017 - 15:00
Using human consciousness as the trigger in a test of ‘spooky action at a distance’ could tell us whether mind is made of different stuff than matter

DeepMind’s AI beats world’s best Go player in latest face-off

New Scientist - Ma, 23/05/2017 - 14:02
The Go-playing artificial intelligence from DeepMind defeated Ke Jie in the first of three matches taking place this week in Wuzhen, China

Unprecedented cholera outbreak tears through war-torn Yemen

New Scientist - Ma, 23/05/2017 - 13:24
Cholera has killed 332 people and left more than 32,000 ill over the past four weeks, spreading faster than any previous known outbreak in the country

Astronomers scramble as ‘alien megastructure’ star dims again

New Scientist - Ma, 23/05/2017 - 12:30
Tabby’s star’s weird behaviour has been blamed on everything from asteroids to aliens. Now astronomers are racing to watch its dimming in action

EU nations set to wipe out forests and not account for emissions

New Scientist - Ma, 23/05/2017 - 02:01
The drive for biofuels that international treaties wrongly consider to be emissions-free is driving plans to boost tree harvests in Europe, forgetting about associated emissions

[Comment] Realisation of human rights to health and through health

The Lancet - Ma, 23/05/2017 - 00:30
The powerful interplay between health and the human rights of women, children, and adolescents forms the cornerstone of the global development agenda. When their right to health is upheld, their access to all other human rights is enhanced.1 The corollary holds true. When their right to health is denied, the impacts inhibit their exercise of other human rights, undermining their potential and undoing realisation of the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030. That is why whole-of-government leadership is needed to fulfil the potential of the powerful nexus of intersecting, interdependent rights.

Mouse sperm sent into space produces healthy IVF babies

New Scientist - Lu, 22/05/2017 - 22:00
The first experiment to test how space travel could affect mammals’ reproduction shows that pregnancy can smooth over DNA damage from cosmic radiation

Our common ancestor with chimps may be from Europe, not Africa

New Scientist - Lu, 22/05/2017 - 21:00
The last common ancestor of chimps and humans was an eastern European, claims team that analysed fossils of a 7-million-year-old ape from Bulgaria and Greece

Flushing fallopian tubes with poppy seed oil boosts fertility

New Scientist - Lu, 22/05/2017 - 19:00
A 100-year-old treatment in which women have their fallopian tubes flushed with oil makes them more likely to get pregnant without IVF treatments

Bacteria engineered to produce living, full-colour photographs

New Scientist - Lu, 22/05/2017 - 18:00
Gut bugs have been modified to turn red, green or blue when bathed in light of the corresponding colour so they create bacterial photocopies

Citizens give up data in blockchain project to improve cities

New Scientist - Lu, 22/05/2017 - 15:57
The DECODE project will give residents of Barcelona and Amsterdam more control over how their personal data is harnessed by local government and businesses

AI can doctor videos to put words in the mouths of speakers

New Scientist - Lu, 22/05/2017 - 14:00
Realistically faked video will soon be a single click away thanks to new technology that might render video evidence meaningless in court

Weak defences leave us wide open to ransom attacks

New Scientist - Lu, 22/05/2017 - 12:00
Last week’s cyberattacks were small beer. The UK government must invest in NHS upgrades before a bigger threat brings it to its knees

[Correspondence] Open letter urges WHO to take action on industrial animal farming

The Lancet - Lu, 22/05/2017 - 10:00
Margaret Chan, the Director-General of WHO, spoke at last year's World Health Assembly (WHA) to call for action from the international community on three “slow motion disasters” that she expected would soon “reach a tipping point where the harm done is irreversible.”1 These issues are climate change, antibiotic resistance, and the rise of non-communicable diseases. The election of a new Director-General at WHO this May brings an opportunity to set a new agenda. WHO has already taken leadership on the crises outlined by Chan, especially on antibiotic resistance.

[Correspondence] Questions around the candidacy of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for WHO DG

The Lancet - Sa, 20/05/2017 - 00:30
With the final vote for the next WHO Director-General (DG) close upon us, I wish to raise concerns regarding the candidature of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

[Editorial] WHO: Director-General campaign closes amid anxiety and hope

The Lancet - Sa, 20/05/2017 - 00:00
The current race to replace Margaret Chan, outgoing Director-General of WHO, has been a different kind of contest. The unprecedented level of transparency and accountability in the election campaign is to be welcomed—voting by member states and not only by the agency's executive board, publication and scrutiny of candidate manifestos, and public debates. But will the final decision making, to take place next week at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, also be different? The vote remains a secret ballot, member states can pledge their support to one candidate but vote for another, and, in the end, the choice of WHO's next leader, still the world's top international health post, will be as political as ever.

[Editorial] Thyroid cancer screening

The Lancet - Sa, 20/05/2017 - 00:00
Whether screening for a disease is beneficial or not is widely debated. Last week, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against screening for thyroid cancer in adults who show no signs or symptoms of the disease, concurring with its 1996 recommendation.

[Editorial] Policy lacking to prevent adverse health for poor UK children

The Lancet - Sa, 20/05/2017 - 00:00
In the UK, 4 million children, about one in four, live in poverty, 100 000 more than in the previous year. A report launched on May 11, Poverty and Child Health—commissioned by charities, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and the Child Poverty Action Group—illustrates paediatricians' concern about the negative impact of child poverty on their health. The report is based on an online survey of over 250 paediatricians across the UK. Two-thirds of the respondents said that poverty and low income contribute very much to the ill health of children they work with, pointing to food insecurity and living in what is described as cold, damp, overcrowded housing, as major contributing factors to health deterioration.

[Comment] Looming threat of Asian tobacco companies to global health

The Lancet - Sa, 20/05/2017 - 00:00
The Indonesian Government is considering a ministerial decree that could triple cigarette production by 2020.1 The proposed decree follows unsuccessful bills2 to boost tobacco growing and “farmer prosperity”,3 despite concerns about health and child labour practices.4 If adopted, manufacturers would be required to use at least 80% locally sourced leaf, and a 200% excise tax would be imposed on cigarette imports. The measures follow the takeover of Indonesia's major cigarette manufacturers by transnational tobacco companies (TTCs), which raises the concern that imports will displace domestic production.
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