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Liberia Agrees to Completely Stop Cutting Down Trees In Exchange for Developmental Aid

In a monumental new deal, the government of Liberia has agreed to halt all logging operations within the country by 2020 in exchange for a $150 million development investment from Norway. Though Liberia’s forests are not the largest in Africa, they make up about 43% of West Africa’s remaining rainforest and are home to the last significant populations of species like western chimpanzees, forest elephants and leopards. Logging in the country has increased significantly since the end of Liberia’s civil war

The Bionic Pancreas: How A Son’s Illness Inspired His Father to Revolutionize Diabetes Care

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States today, with 29 million Americans currently living with the disease. Of those 29 million, the majority suffer from Type 2 diabetes which, in most cases, is caused by a combination of poor diet and lack of exercise of long periods of time. But while Type 2 diabetes can be almost completely reversed by improving your eating and lifestyle habits, Type 1 diabetes (which affects 3 million Americans) is a chronic

The U.S. Is Committing 3,000 Troops and Half A Billion Dollars to Stop the Spread of Ebola

Later today, President Barack Obama will announce the United States’ new plan for stemming the spread of the Ebola virus in Africa. As of September 7, there were 4,366 confirmed, suspected or probable cases, as well as 2,218 deaths. The real numbers are probably much higher though, since many suffering from the disease in rural parts of Africa are actively avoiding detection. The President will announce his plans during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Obama

This App Uses Your Phone To Help With Cancer and Alzheimer’s Research While You Sleep (Video)

A University of Vienna invention is turning our smartphones into a network of processing power. The Samsung Power Sleep App was developed by Samsung in Austria, as a collaboration with the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Vienna. Samsung Power Sleep lets you donate the processing power of your smartphone or tablet to assist researchers with the decryption of protein sequences. This decryption is an essential part of cancer and Alzheimer’s research (as well as other diseases). The app works like an

Designing 3-D Printed Prosthetics to Make Kids Feel Like Superheroes

Losing a limb can be extremely difficult, especially if you’re still a young child trying to make sense of the world. So with 3-D printing technology already capable of producing relatively inexpensive prosthetics, a group of prosthetic designers decided to set up a network where volunteer engineers and artists could share ideas and stories with one another. The organization, known as E-nabling The Future, describes itself as, A network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the world a “Helping

More Than A Third of Germany’s Wild Boars Are Highly Radioactive

On April 26, 1986, an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (which was part of the Soviet Union at the time) released massive amounts of radioactive particles into the atmosphere. Helped along by wind and rain, these particles quickly spread all across Europe, reaching as far west as Spain and France. Now, 28 years later, the lasting effects of this nuclear disaster are still very evident. Wild boars are fairly common throughout Germany, and are regularly hunted for their meat,

India’s RICE Bucket Challenge Just Totally Nailed It

The ALS ice bucket challenge has become a global phenomenon this summer, with people dumping buckets full of water and ice on their heads to raise awareness and funding for ALS. Now, India has adopted the challenge, adding their own spin: instead of filling the buckets with ice and water, they fill them with rice. And instead of dumping the bucket over their heads, they give the bucket of rice to a person in need. The new challenge was started by

Chinese Boy Receives First 3-D Printed Vertebra Implant (Video)

Doctors at Beijing’s Peking University have made a truly monumental step in the field of orthopedic surgery: implanting the first ever 3-D printed vertebra into a 12-year old boy. After he suffered a neck injury while playing soccer, it was discovered that the boy had a malignant tumor on his spinal chord. Following an examination of the tumor, the boy’s doctors decided that their only choice was to remove his entire second vertebra. But rather than replacing it with a traditional orthopedic implant, the

Deaths That Don’t Have to Happen: The Relationship Between Knowledge and Health

Editor’s note: As part of  a writing class I took this summer, I had to do a group project addressing a social issue within our society. Part of that assignment was writing an essay that promotes activism to address the issue.The research inspired me, so I decided to share that essay with you. Hope you enjoy!  Knowledge, and the desire to use it to better our own lives, as well as the lives of everyone else. This is what has made our species

Lack of Education: The Real Reason for the Spread of Ebola

Since the latest Ebola outbreak began in March, there have been more than 2,100 reported cases and 1,145 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. This is already by far the most serious Ebola outbreak in recorded history. But the disease isn’t some super-virus that is spreading through the air and infecting anyone who comes close. The only way it can be spread is through bodily fluids- getting the blood or vomit of a sick person in your eyes, nose,

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