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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.
Panama: Tropical Trees Stunted By Higher Temperatures
August 18, 2007 06:24 PM - Eva Aguilar, SciDevNet
Rising temperatures over the last few decades in Malaysia and Panama may have decelerated the growth of rainforest trees, according to a new study. The researchers found that as many as 71 per cent of plant species in Panama and up to 95 per cent of species in Malaysia showed decreases in growth rates.
The Regreening Of The Himalayas - Community Forestry
August 17, 2007 07:46 PM - T. V. Padma, SciDevNet
Leafy forests replanted by communities in Nepal are flying in the face of accepted conservation practice. Now, something called "Community Forestry" aims to mix pine with more broad leaf plants and restore forests.
Success Story: Natural Bioengineering In Nepal
August 17, 2007 07:41 PM - Badri Paudyal, SciDevNet
Five years ago, landslides and road blocks on the highways were a common subject in Nepal's news. But now, the worry in people's minds as they travel by road during monsoons has been replaced by a sense of relief. Today, Nepal is using plants and modern engineering to combat the landslides that regularly plague the nation.
Monitoring Climate Change At The Top Of The World
August 17, 2007 07:35 PM - T. V. Padma, SciDevNet
Scientists in the Himalayas are battling poor resources to protect the area from the effects of climate change. Nestled in the Himalayas, bordering the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, lies tiny landlocked Nepal. The barely 250km stretch from south to north sees a land rise from under one hundred metres above sea level to 8000 metres, and climate ranging from tropical to glacial.
Simple And Cheap: Nepal's Application Of Science And Common Sense
August 17, 2007 07:28 PM - Kunda Dixit, SciDevNet
Almost unnoticed, Nepal is developing simple and cheap technologies that make the best of local resources and don't damage the environment.
Climate Change Devastating Wildlife in East Africa
August 17, 2007 07:02 PM - , SciDevNet
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) says climate change is to blame for increasing conflicts between humans and wildlife across East Africa, and is heightening the risk that animal diseases will spread.
Africa needs better data to combat global warming
August 6, 2007 12:37 PM - David Dickson, Director, SciDev.Net, SciDevNet
It is now widely accepted that despite developing countries' lack of responsibility for human-induced global warming, they are likely to be hardest hit, and that the hardest hit of all will be African countries.