Report: Scientists Have Advanced Bio-Weapon Capabilities

teleSUR | June 20, 2018

The ability to make bacteria more resistant to treatment or creating harmful biochemicals is a possibility.

The ability to make bacteria more resistant to treatment or creating harmful biochemicals is a possibility. | Photo: Reuters
The field of synthetic biology can facilitate altering the structure of bacteria to make them more harmful.

Advancement in synthetic biology now gives scientist the tools to recreate dangerous viruses, a 221-page Department of Defense report has disclosed.

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53% of scientists in Cuba are women

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Granma | June 14, 2018

Gissel Saldívar, a 19 year old chemical technician, supervises work at the Immunoassay Center’s Biosensors plant in Havana. Photo: Irene Pérez/ Cubadebate.

Some 86,426 individuals work in Cuba’s science sector, 53% of whom are women, according to the President of the Cuban Academy of Sciences (ACC) Dr. Luis C. Velázquez Pérez speaking during the First International Science and Education Congress taking place in the Havana International Conference Center.

The Cuban expert described this achievement as one of the sector’s strengths, highlighting the importance of science, technology and innovation (CTI) toward overcoming the country’s challenges and promoting development.Read More »

Mental illness and the psychological trap – a political problem

Amandla Ulutsha Newsletter |Issue 11 Editorial | 17 May 2018

The problem with society and the framing of mental illness as a social ill.

Mental illness is a serious problem, reaching epidemic status, and the problem is increasing rapidly amongst young people not only in South Africa but globally. There is a tendency in society to either: (1) disregard mental illness as a serious problem, or (2) to recognise mental illness as a problem but fail to treat the underlying causes that result in mental illness. In this piece we will attempt to explain why this is the case, and what needs to be done about it.Read More »

Vladimir Vernadsky and the disruption of the biosphere

by Ian Angus

Climate & Capitalism | June 05, 2018

Vladimir Vernadsky, 1863-1945

As we’ve seen, metabolism, a defining feature of all life, always involves exchanges with the world outside the organism. Life cannot exist without ingesting matter and excreting waste. The fact that the Earth is a sphere surrounded by a vacuum, and that we have access only to its outer few kilometers, means that the amount of matter available for life to use is finite, and that life’s wastes have nowhere else to go.Read More »

New Cuban vaccine to be released next year

Granma | January 24, 2018

Photo: Radioreloj

A new and effective Pneumococcal with conjugates against the seven most common serotypes, will be available next year, project leaders announced, January 24.
Developed by the Finlay Institute, the vaccine will be registered under the trademark: Quimi-Vio and be available nationwide, explained Dagmar García, the center’s director of Research, speaking to Prensa Latina.Read More »

US: The Disinformation Playbook: New Website Exposes Tactics of Attacks on Science

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) | October 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – Funding fake studies. Intimidating and silencing scientists. Manufacturing doubt. Buying credibility. Manipulating federal policy processes. It’s a pattern we’ve seen repeatedly, from the tobacco industry and fossil fuel producers to soda manufacturers and the National Football League. With a new website, the Disinformation Playbook, the Union of Concerned Scientists is offering the tools to fight back. Read More »