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Unique Art & Science collaboration: bullet-proof skin & more

25.06.2011, Interview

Dutch artist Jalila Essaïdi, together with genetic, forensic, biotechnical and other scientists has grown human skincells on a matrix of spidersilk. The resulting bullet-proof human skin was tested at the firing range of the Dutch Forensic Institute. This art project won her the prestigious Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award. But the spin-off was almost more important.


PING team

Mobile phones help fight malaria

24.06.2011, News release

In Botswana, healthcare workers are equipped with mobile devices to collect data about malaria outbreaks and notify the health ministry. Geotagged data are used to map for the first time disease transmission in the country. This will enable faster response times and better measurement of malaria cases to monitor treatment and scale up the distribution of mosquito nets. The project is a collaboration of IT multinational HP and nonprofit organisation Positive Innovation for the Next Generation (PING).


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Solar minimum stops global warming. Not

23.06.2011, Joe Romm's blog Climate Progress

There is good evidence from different independent sources indicating that the Sun will be going into a period of minimum activity. For some this spells an end to global warming, confirming what they already knew: global warming is a hoax. Yet, will decreasing solar activity really be enough to halt the present atmospheric warming trend and all its side effects? See for yourself and read the scientific arguments.



IODP presents new Ocean Discovery science plan

17.06.2011, Press conference webstream

The Integrated Ocean Drilling Program presented its new ambitious science plan for 2013-2023 at a press conference in Amsterdam, last week. Global climate change, earthquakes, and tsunami generation are some of the most pressing geoscientific challenges of the 21st century. Scientific ocean drilling is a key tool to investigate these phenomena and fundamental questions in Earth and life sciences.


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Aussie Climate Change website focuses on science and policy

15.06.2011, The Conversation

The Australian website The Conversation ("Academic rigour, journalistic flair") recently started publication of an initiative by Australian climate scientists to clear the climate debate from misinformation, myths and personal attacks. They aim to not only communicate the state of climate change science, but also support greener policies.


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Earthquake-Report: Bali Hotels & Tsunami preparedness


The Indonesian (Bali) Hotel Industry has taken the lead in Tsunami preparedness. While early warning times are very short - half an hour at most - rapid and effective response to tsunami alerts is extremely important. The Indonesian tourism industry develooped many tsunami procedures in a programme called ‘Tsunami Ready’. Tourists who visit resorts with the ‘Tsunami Ready’ certificate can trust that all necessary policies and procedures are in place and working well.


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Science communication more urgently needed than ever

06.06.2011, Dot Earth

Communicating to the general public the results and insights gained by scientific research, it has been argued time and again, can literally save lives. Whether alerting and informing communities about tornadoes, tropical cyclones, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, or nuclear accidents, advising policy makers on topics like famine, droughts, water pollution, floods, climate change, or sea level rise, all these issues (and many more) require rapid and accurate communication of scientific data to the threatened populations.