Bubbling up: How the thawing out of Siberian permafrost spells trouble for curbing climatic meltdown

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With both scientific and media discourse dominated by talk of global warming, permafrost is a reminder that we are still transitioning out of an ice age that has shaped life on this planet for the past two and a half million years. Consisting primarily of a frozen mixture of frozen earth, peat, methane and water,… Continue Reading ➤

A New Social Medicine

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Do short-term financial interests compromise delivery of long-term scientific objectives? The free market regularly compels companies to maximise profit for shareholders, but this can stifle the development of solutions to big problems. This problem extends across vital sectors such as Energy, Defence, Transport, Finance and Agriculture but it is particularly visible within the Pharmaceutical industry…. Continue Reading ➤

Going Viral: the Human Impact on Emerging Infections

[source; U.S. Department of Agriculture]

In a rapidly changing world, where human modification of the environment has become routine global practice, are we paving the way for emerging viral infections? In the mid-20th century, a naïve belief began to surface that in the future, infectious disease would be consigned to history; that our improved sanitation, better socioeconomic conditions and medical… Continue Reading ➤

Our Modern Waste Land: Food, Facts and the Future

Source: David Fedele

When doomsayers warn of the various ways that humanity is expediting its own demise, they tend to focus on the twenty-first century trinity of overpopulation, food and water shortages, and climate change. And to some extent, they’re right. There’s no denying that these looming issues are desperate for attention from researchers and the public, both… Continue Reading ➤