January 2023

The black barbers giving poor mental health the chop

Barbers in London are being trained as mental health first aiders as part of an NHS initiative to help young black men

31/01/2023 Positive News

Back from extinction: Resurrecting the Tasmanian tiger

The last thylacine is thought to have died in the 1930s. Meet the scientists who want to bring it back.

29/01/2023 Al Jazeera

In Benin, electric motorcycles are gaining popularity

To speed up the transition to a greener economy, the government has eliminated all VAT and customs duties on 100% electric vehicles.

28/01/2023 Le Monde

How to Grow a Food Forest

I am writing today from my apartment in New York City, on a windy winter’s day. Not a leaf is green on our roof garden. There is no canopy. Only skyscrapers.

27/01/2023 New York Times

Study: Enough rare earth minerals to fuel green energy shift

The world is trying to switch from electricity produced by burning fossil fuels to cleaner wind and solar power, but some people have worried that there aren't enough rare earth minerals to make the green electricity switch

27/01/2023 The Independent

100 million Nigerians are at risk of neglected tropical diseases: what the country is doing about it

While Nigeria has made progress in controlling some neglected tropical diseases, it should do more as it carries a heavy burden of these diseases.

27/01/2023 The Conversation

AI has designed bacteria-killing proteins from scratch – and they work

An AI was tasked with creating proteins with anti-microbial properties. Researchers then created a subset of the proteins and found some did the job

26/01/2023 NewScientist

Most children in poor countries are being failed by their schools

“Good job you!” shouts Pauline Bika, as a group of schoolchildren completes the hokey-cokey. “Good job me!” choruses her class. Ms Bika runs a small government primary school in Edo state, in southern Nigeria. It is reached by a mud track that…

26/01/2023 Economist

A better way of keeping mosquitoes at bay is under development

Mosquito repellents have come a long way. For decades, the market leader was DEET, which fends the pests off successfully, but only for an hour or two. Recently, Icaridin has become available. This lasts up to eight hours and is just as effective.

25/01/2023 Economist

The ‘bubble barriers’ that stop plastic pollution before it reaches the sea

The low-fi pollution solution has proven surprisingly effective in the Netherlands. Now, it’s being rolled out elsewhere in Europe

25/01/2023 Positive News

EU approves two insects for human consumption

Swapping steaks for crickets can cut greenhouse gas pollution and slow species extinction but persuading people to eat them will be tricky.

24/01/2023 Deutsche Welle

This butterfly was once thought extinct. Now it's off the endangered species list

The Fender’s blue butterfly has fluttered away from the brink of extinction.

21/01/2023 CNN

One-in-five new cars sold in California in 2022 was zero-emission

The largest car market in the United States charges towards its goal of electrifying its fleet. Ten years ago, that figure was 2 percent.

21/01/2023 Le Monde

Could Ultrasound Replace the Stethoscope?

Miniaturization, experimentation, and A.I. have unlocked revolutionary potential in an old technology.

20/01/2023 The New Yorker

The Chatbots Can’t Outsmart You. Yet.

The Turing test used to be the gold standard for proving machine intelligence. This generation of bots is racing past it. We need to stay calm — and develop a new test.

20/01/2023 New York Times

How to talk to someone about conspiracy theories in five simple steps

People’s first instinct when engaging with conspiracy believers is often to try and debunk their ideas with factual and authoritative information. However, direct confrontation rarely works. Conspiracy theories are persuasive, often playing on…

20/01/2023 The Conversation

Meet the gay imam changing attitudes from within

An Islamic scholar who broke taboos when he came out is empowering gay Muslims around the world

18/01/2023 Positive News

Creating new life from dead mines

Huge open pits that were once mined for coal and metals are enjoying a sometimes fragrant, or even tasty, afterlife. DW looks at different ways old mines are being rehabilitated.

16/01/2023 Deutsche Welle

How can artificial intelligence protect whales? Offshore wind company has a plan

Vineyard Wind will partner with Charles River Analytics to use artificial intelligence to protect whales from devastating, often fatal vessel strikes.

13/01/2023 USA Today

Can India's new cervical cancer vaccine protect more women?

Indian scientists have developed a more accessible, low-cost vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Health officials hope to reduce what has become the second-most common cancer in India.

12/01/2023 Deutsche Welle

The US Just Greenlit High-Tech Alternatives to Animal Testing

Lab animals have long borne the brunt of drug safety trials. A new law allows drugmakers to use miniature tissue models or "organs on chips" instead.

11/01/2023 Wired

Wasp larvae that eat aphids alive may save apple crops

Few insects strike greater fear into the hearts of orchard-owners than rosy apple aphids. These tiny bugs feed on the leaves of apple trees, draining them of nutrients.

11/01/2023 Economist

Triggering cancer cells to become normal cells – how stem cell therapies can provide new ways to stop tumors from spreading or growing back

Many tumors have cancer stem cells that help them grow and evade treatments. Differentiation therapy forces these cells to mature, stopping growth with less toxicity than traditional treatments.

11/01/2023 The Conversation

Diabetes artificial pancreas tech recommended for thousands on NHS

More than 100,000 people in England and Wales with type 1 diabetes could soon be offered new technology to manage their condition on the NHS. The system uses a glucose sensor under the skin to release insulin automatically, when needed.

10/01/2023 BBC

'Fully vaccinated queens': First vaccine for honeybees approved in US

The first vaccine for honeybees has been approved by the U.S.D.A. in an effort to help one of the planet's most important pollinators.

09/01/2023 USA Today

Restoration of the Ozone Layer Is Back on Track, Scientists Say

Rogue emissions from China of ozone-depleting chemicals had threatened to delay recovery by a decade. But the emissions were stopped, according to a U.N.-backed report.

09/01/2023 New York Times

US Cities Are Falling Out of Love With the Parking Lot

California and many local governments are scrapping requirements that once made cars the center of the urban landscape.

07/01/2023 Wired

How California could save up its rain to ease future droughts — instead of watching epic atmospheric river rainfall drain into the Pacific

Urban infrastructure was designed to take stormwater out to the ocean quickly. Now, California needs that precious water.

06/01/2023 The Conversation

Europe’s Plan to Become the First Climate-Neutral Continent

From retrofitting buildings to rethinking farming, electrifying transport, and prioritizing reforestation, the EU is chasing net zero.

06/01/2023 Wired

Michigan program trains prisoners to trim around power lines

When Scott Steffes leaves Michigan’s Parnall Correctional Facility this month he expects to walk into a new life with a new career that will take him upward of 25 feet above ground

06/01/2023 The Independent

CES 2023: Sony unveils controller for disabled gamers

The Project Leonardo controller is announced five years after Microsoft released its accessible gamepad.

05/01/2023 BBC

Diversity of US workplaces is growing in terms of race, ethnicity and age – forcing more employers to be flexible

Employers need good strategies to hire and retain more workers of color and older workers. The mandatory diversity training and requisite skills tests many of them now rely on don’t measure up.

05/01/2023 The Conversation

India Approves $2.3 Billion Plan To Become Global Hub for Green Hydrogen

The funding decision will support production, use, and exports of green hydrogen for the nascent industry.

05/01/2023 Time Magazine

Mystery of ancient dots and stripes on Europe's caves is solved

For decades, researchers had suspected that the seemingly random dots and stripes on cave paintings across Europe contained a hidden meaning, yet they were unable to decipher them.

05/01/2023 Telegraph

In the United States, a Henrietta Lacks statue will replace General Lee monument

Tissue taken from the African-American woman in 1951, without her consent, has been used in medical research and credited with the development of the polio vaccine.

05/01/2023 Le Monde

Are we entering the golden age of geothermal energy?

Natural gas harms the climate and prices went up after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Geothermal energy offers a cheap and environmentally friendly alternative.

04/01/2023 Deutsche Welle

Spain to make Big Tobacco pay for cigarette butt cleaning

The rules, which come into force on Friday, were approved as part of a law banning single-use plastics such as cutlery and straws.

04/01/2023 Sydney Morning Herald

Farming Destroyed Brazil’s Rain Forests. It Could Also Save Them

In a field of bare red dirt in São Paulo state, Paula Costa is trying to turn back the clock. Five hundred years ago, this land was part of the Mata Atlantica, a dense, diverse rain forest that covered 15% of Brazil.

03/01/2023 Time Magazine

‘Not household waste’: Human composting law approved in 6th US state

New York State legalised natural organic reduction, popularly known as human composting, making New York the sixth state in the nation to allow that method of burial.

01/01/2023 Sydney Morning Herald