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Entwicklungshilfe wird gekürzt – Deutschland begräbt ein Stück globaler Verantwortung

Seit Jahrzehnten gilt das Ziel der Industrieländer, 0,7 Prozent der Wirtschaftsleistung in die Entwicklungshilfe zu stecken. Nun steht Deutschlands Zusage vor dem Aus.
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Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola

Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola | my universe | Scoop.it
The efforts of this small country and its doctors are putting America’s contributions to shame.
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Food

Food | my universe | Scoop.it

It takes more than 40 different species to make a simple lunch (tuna sandwich on whole wheat, potato chips, iced tea, and an apple). You’d be surprised to know how far some of the ingredients have traveled. As shoppers and as eaters, we play a critical role in shaping what ends up on our plate and why. Informed choices keep us healthy and help protect ecosystems around the world — along with all the species, including humans, that depend on them.

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How Much Energy is Required to Grow and Harvest Various Crops and How Much Does it Cost? | Big Picture Agriculture

How Much Energy is Required to Grow and Harvest Various Crops and How Much Does it Cost? | Big Picture Agriculture | my universe | Scoop.it
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Open Letter to EU Ministers for Education

BRUSSELS, October 14, 2014 

Dear Ministers,

As stewards of Europe's future generations, you will be all too aware that as early as the age of 7, children reach a critical juncture, when they are learning the core life skills of reading, writing and basic maths. However, to flourish in tomorrow's digital economy and society, they should also be learning to code. And many, sadly, are not......"

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Rise of the Rest: The Growing Impact of Non-Elite Journals

"In this paper, we examine the evolution of the impact of non-elite journals. We attempt to answer two questions. First, what fraction of the top-cited articles are published in non-elite journals and how has this changed over time. Second, what fraction of the total citations are to non-elite journals and how has this changed over time. 
We studied citations to articles published in 1995-2013. We computed ....."

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Wind Power Is Actually Cheaper Than Coal, Says Leaked Government Report

Wind Power Is Actually Cheaper Than Coal, Says Leaked Government Report | my universe | Scoop.it
If you count the cost of mining, pollution, and healthcare, wind power beats coal by a mile.
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Property makes Australians the world’s richest, says Credit Suisse

Property makes Australians the world’s richest, says Credit Suisse | my universe | Scoop.it
The fifth annual study by the Swiss bank of global wealth trends found the median Australian adult was worth more than $US225,000 ($258,000) in June, well ahead of the second wealthiest population on this measure, the ­Belgians, at $US173,000.
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Australia puts science in ‘competitiveness’ drive : Nature News Blog

Australia puts science in ‘competitiveness’ drive : Nature News Blog | my universe | Scoop.it

The Australian government has unveiled plans to increase the commercial return on its billions in research funding and to pump more resources into boosting industry-science links.

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Feces-filled capsules treat bacterial infection

Feces-filled capsules treat bacterial infection | my universe | Scoop.it
Study finds that unusual therapy is effective against Clostridium difficile
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Time to move to a post-carbon world - the Vice-Chancellor's - ANU on its divestment

Time to move to a post-carbon world - the Vice-Chancellor's - ANU on its divestment | my universe | Scoop.it

Just over a week ago, The Australian National University decided to sell shares ....., which has sparked an extraordinary reaction.....The reason for this extraordinary response is because the ANU decision is seen as another domino in the divestment-movement effect, involving individuals and institutions deciding to sell their holdings in fossil fuel-producing companies.....

The real debate for Australia should be about jobs in a carbon-constrained world. What will our industries be in 20 or 30 years’ time? I am confident they will not be in producing fossil fuels. Australia should not be an adopter of alternative energy, we should be a producer.

The real debate in climate should be about producing cost-effective alternative energy. Sticking our collective heads in the sand and ignoring a changing world will ensure we do destroy jobs. Universities like the ANU should be the powerhouses to produce the new technologies for such a world.

 

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How our botched understanding of 'science' ruins everything

How our botched understanding of 'science' ruins everything | my universe | Scoop.it
Intellectuals of all persuasions love to claim the banner of science. A vanishing few do so properly.
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NIH Awards $32-Million to Tackle Big Data in Medicine

The grants, to some two dozen universities, are intended to bring researchers innovative ways of handling the huge data sets seen as critical to future discoveries.
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The Next Green Revolution - National Geographic Magazine

The Next Green Revolution - National Geographic Magazine | my universe | Scoop.it
Can science prevent our next food crisis?
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Here's what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops

Here's what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops | my universe | Scoop.it
Corn, watermelon, and peaches were unrecognizable 8,000 years ago.
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Billige Lebensmittel treiben Angst vor Deflation

Billige Lebensmittel treiben Angst vor Deflation | my universe | Scoop.it
Rekordernten lassen weltweit die Preise für Mais, Sojabohnen und andere Agrarrohstoffe sinken. Das hat Folgen für die Weltwirtschaft.
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NTU develops ultra-fast charging batteries that last 20 years

NTU develops ultra-fast charging batteries that last 20 years | my universe | Scoop.it

Scientists at Nanyang Technology University (NTU) have developed ultra-fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only two minutes.

The new generation batteries also have a long lifespan of over 20 years, more than 10 times compared to existing lithium-ion batteries.

 
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Wind power is cheapest energy, EU analysis finds

Wind power is cheapest energy, EU analysis finds | my universe | Scoop.it
Onshore windfarms far cheaper than coal and gas when health impacts are factored in, report shows
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European Commission study shines light on the true cost of conventional and solar energy 

European Commission study shines light on the true cost of conventional and solar energy  | my universe | Scoop.it

The European Commission study on "Energy subsidies and costs in the EU", released on October 13th, 2014, demonstrates that the direct total cost of conventional energy technologies, such as coal and nuclear, is much higher than the direct cost for solar energy, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) announces."


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Willy De Backer's curator insight, October 14, 3:04 PM

Interesting press release

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Ebola threatens chocolate

Ebola threatens chocolate | my universe | Scoop.it
Ebola is threatening much of the world’s chocolate supply. Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer of cacao, the raw ingredient in M&M’s, Butterfingers and Snickers Bars, has shut down its borders with Liberia and Guinea, putting a major crimp on the workforce needed to pick the beans that end up in chocolate bars and other...
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... not that chocolate is of any importance in light of the humanitarian disaster unfolding, however, it shows how closing borders can make the catastrophe even bigger for the population in those countries 

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What makes for a stable marriage?

What makes for a stable marriage? | my universe | Scoop.it
About a decade ago, the gossip on everyone's lips was that "1/2 of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce." That factoid was later disproven, but it left a lasting impression on the eligible bach...
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ROSALIND | Problems | Locations

ROSALIND | Problems | Locations | my universe | Scoop.it

Rosalind is a platform for learning bioinformatics and programming through problem solving. Take a tour to get the hang of how Rosalind works.

If you don't know anything about programming, you can start at the Python Village. For a collection of exercises to accompany Bioinformatics Algorithms book, go to the Textbook Track. Otherwise you can try to storm the Bioinformatics Stronghold right now.

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Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change and what to do about it

Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change and what to do about it | my universe | Scoop.it
George Marshall: The UN is as enervated by the story of global warming as the public is: protest helps, but we need to reconstruct the narrative
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PLOS One: Imitation, Genetic Lineages, and Time Influenced the Morphological Evolution of the Violin

PLOS One: Imitation, Genetic Lineages, and Time Influenced the Morphological Evolution of the Violin | my universe | Scoop.it
The parallels between the factors responsible for the changes in violin shape over the centuries and the evolution of complex biological shapes are striking.

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Mary Williams's curator insight, October 9, 3:07 AM

Terrific - how to get your students thinking about shape and evolution, form and function, using a very different system