Category: Health

Sanitation and Social Justice: Developing Simple Technology for a Cause

The team implementing and iterating the SafiChoo 2.0 toilet. Image Credit: Wishforwash
A basic technology, the portable toilet, has the potential to make a significant difference in the developing world. Earthzine explores how in an interview with Jasmine Burton on a first-place student essay from the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC).

‘Nature’ Infographic Tracks the Spread of Ebola

An infographic in the journal Nature tracks Ebola through time and space.

US Has Test That Can Detect Ebola Virus In Seconds (But It’s Stuck In A Lab)

Researchers at a government lab have developed a minimally invasive test for Ebola that could cut the time it takes to diagnose cases of the lethal virus from days and hours to minutes or even seconds, International Business Times has learned.

Can We Get Ahead of Ebola?

In the fight against the current deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus, researchers are using an easily

overlooked tool: the mobile phone.

Ebola vaccine to be tested in UK

Originally Published by BBC News – A trial vaccine against Ebola could be tested on healthy volunteers in the UK in September, says an international health consortium.

Vermont Law School: The Ethical Dimensions of Energy Policy

The human use of energy has profound moral and ethical implications, raising issues that can only be answered by considering notions of justice. Earthzine science writer Osha Gray Davidson blogs about these crucial issues while on a fellowship at the Vermont Law School.

Tracking foodborne illness with Yelp

Originally Published by Earth Sky -An estimated 48 million Americans (about 1 in 6) are stricken with food poisoning each year. So says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but it really is, as my italicizing implies, just an estimate. It’s difficult to say how many people get sick from meals annually because only a fraction of these cases are ever reported. Working with Yelp may provide some answers.

The Big Thaw: Warming Affects Arctic Animals, People in Different Ways

Discussions of climate change often focus on mid-latitude effects in order to emphasize the need for action. However, climate change and ensuing ice melts are quickly devastating Arctic mammals and native peoples of the Arctic.

Twenty Buses a Day: The High Stakes Race to Create a Global Cholera Early Warning System

A scanning electron microscope image of Vibrio cholerae bacteria. Image Credit: Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility.

What infectious disease kills the most children under the age of five? If you guessed malaria or AIDS, guess again. Cholera claims more victims than either of those diseases. Now, a team of researchers are developing a method to provide early warning of cholera outbreaks. If successful, the effort could drastically reduce the number of cholera deaths.

Tracking the Currents of Fukushima

Periodic symbol for Cesium. Image Credit: ECO.
Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute describes methods for tracking oceanic Cesium released by the Fukushima disaster and misperceptions about radioactive danger in the Northwest Pacific Ocean.