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Striking Back: Lightning In The Developing World
August 29, 2007 03:50 PM - Anuradha Alahakoon, SciDevNet
Scientists are battling to stop damage and death caused by lightning strikes in the developing world. In July this year, dark clouds and lightning stained the sky above Ushari Dara, a remote mountain village in northwestern Pakistan. After the storm had blown over, police reported that lightning had destroyed a dozen houses and killed up to 30 people.
Chinese Scientist To Lead Global Agriculture Agency
August 24, 2007 08:09 AM - , SciDevNet
The appointment of a leading Chinese scientist at the world's major agricultural research body is expected to better apply Chinese resources and expertise to the global fight against poverty. Wang Ren was this week (22 August) announced as the first Chinese scientist to be appointed director of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a major agricultural research consortium launched by the World Bank to help the poor countries.
Insiders Story: Greening China, Cutting Carbon
August 22, 2007 10:25 AM - Jane Wu, SciDevNet
Zhang Fubin, who works at the Tianjin Cement Industry Design & Research Institute in China, is constantly being interrupted by his mobile phone. Since the institute successfully developed new technology to generate energy from the waste gases emitted during cement making, he has barely had time to himself. "My colleagues and I are busy running between cement plants to update their facilities with this new technology," he says.
Africa Must Commit To Biosecurity Measures
August 22, 2007 10:12 AM - Chandre Gould, SciDevNet
Africa - The threat of biotechnology misuse has implications for the development of science and technology in Africa, argue Chandre Gould and colleagues. Recent African Union summits have identified science and technology as key future drivers for development, and increased investment is being welcomed by African leaders — particularly in areas such as biotechnology. But the growth of the biotechnology industry internationally has raised some important concerns about biological safety issues.
Bednet Best Defense Against Malaria, Say Researchers
August 22, 2007 10:05 AM - Kennedy Abwao, SciDevNet
NAIROBI - Children sleeping under insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) are less likely to die from malaria and nets should be distributed free to all who need them, according to research from Kenya.
Stalk Burning Fuels China Pollution Woes
August 22, 2007 09:58 AM - Jia Hepeng, SciDevNet
A new study published in the August issue of the Chinese Science Bulletin, scientists estimate that farmers burning stalks produced 210.2 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2000, the most recent year for official figures on China's total carbon dioxide emissions. This was 6.1 per cent of China's total emissions that year.
Controversy Over GMO Corn Approval In Brazil
August 22, 2007 09:51 AM - Luisa Massarani, SciDevNet
Brazil's biosafety committee has approved two sets of guidelines governing the use of genetically modified (GM) corn, despite criticism from within its ranks. The Brazilian National Biosafety Technical Committee (CTNBio), which oversees the use of GM organisms in the country, last week (16 August) approved plans for monitoring and coexistence.
Uganda Agricultural Effort Gets $12M From World Bank
August 20, 2007 11:59 AM - Ochieng' Ogodo, SciDevNet
Agricultural research in Uganda has received a US$12 million boost from the World Bank. The bank's board of directors approved the loan for Uganda's Second Agricultural Research and Training Project this month (August). "Raising agricultural productivity is a key area for the [Ugandan] government's Poverty Eradication Action Plan and a flagship operational area for the bank's Africa Action Plan," said John McIntire, the World Bank's country director for Tanzania and Uganda, in a press release.
7 Hours From Nearest Road, Power, Nepali Teacher Wins 'Asian Nobel Prize' For Village Wireless Project
August 20, 2007 11:42 AM - Mahabir Pun and Imelda Abano, SciDevNet
A Nepali teacher has been honoured with the Nobel Prize of Asia for his innovative application of wireless computer technology in Nepal. Mahabir Pun, 52, from the remote village of Nangi in Nepal organized and launched the project — The Nepal Wireless Networking Project — to meet the communication needs of his village, which is a seven hour climb to the nearest road and without a telephone connection.
HIV Launches Two-Pronged Attack On Brain
August 18, 2007 06:32 PM - Jia Hepeng and Li Jiao, SciDevNet
Scientists have identified a way that HIV causes dementia, which could help in developing drugs to treat the disorder. The study was published this week (16 August) in the journal Stem Cell. HIV infection can cause difficulties in memory and learning in patients with advanced disease, a condition known as HIV-associated dementia.