“When the police came they did not ask, they did not inform the people,” remembers Fadda Kargbo, a farmer whose village is tucked into the verdant Sula Mountains of northern Sierra Leone. On that day in November 2010, the brutal civil war had been over for eight years – ushering in a surge in foreign investment, from mining to industrial farms. Home to some of the world’s largest iron ore deposits, more than 200 square kilometers of Sierra Leone had been leased to African Minerals Limited (AML), a London-based multinational.
Like most sons, Nemesio Rasillo Oliver loved his mother. Rasillo began dreaming of a similar setup near his home in northern Spain that would keep him out of a nursing home and free up his family. Dressed in a crisp button-down shirt, he pulls out the development plan of his brainchild, Brisa del Cantabrico, a cooperative senior community set in farmland between a mountain range and the Cantabrian Sea on Spain’s northern coast.
Just three years ago, many Americans were in moral outrage over a particular immigration policy of President Barack Obama. Faith leaders decried it. Hillary Clinton, then a presidential contender, considered it inhumane.
Sarepta Therapeutics Inc. shares rocketed 55.6% in extremely heavy Tuesday morning trade after the company reported positive early results from a phase 1/2a gene therapy clinical trial for three patients with the rare disease Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The three patients, the first ones enrolled in the study, showed "robust" expression of micro-dystrophin, a shortened version of the dystrophin gene used in gene therapy, Sarepta said. Individuals with DMD have a mutation on their dystrophin gene and thus cannot produce the protein dystrophin, which is critical for muscular development.
25 years ago, on June 11, 1993, Jurassic Park premiered in theaters across the United States. Princess Diana attended the London premiere. Despite opening like a monster movie—an armored crate emerges from the fog, the mysterious monster inside screeching and snorting—Jurassic Park was conceived, from its origins as the latest in a long line of Michael Crichton technothrillers (“I was writing the most expensive movie ever made,” Crichton would jokingly tell people before Steven Spielberg bought the movie rights for $1.5 million), with scientific fidelity in mind.
Jun.19 -- It sounds like science fiction: a device that can reconnect a paralyzed person’s brain to his or her body. But that’s exactly what the experimental NeuroLife system does. Developed by Battelle and Ohio State University, NeuroLife uses a brain implant, an algorithm and an electrode sleeve to give paralysis patients back control of their limbs. For Ian Burkhart, NeuroLife’s first test subject, the implications could be life-changing. (video by Alan Jeffries)
It’s hard to miss Mount Lico, a relatively isolated cliff jutting out 700 meters (nearly 2,300 feet) above the plains of northern Mozambique. Yet for hundreds of years, people were unaware that inside the ancient volcano lay a hidden rainforest, protected by the volcano’s high walls. Discovered by conservation biologist Julian Bayliss in 2012, the…
IBM’s Project Debater processes millions of news articles in an effort to make arguments in flowing prose. It was man 1, machine 1 in the first live, public debate between an artificial intelligence system developed by IBM and two human debaters. The AI, called Project Debater, appeared on stage in a packed conference room at IBM’s San Francisco office embodied in a 6ft tall black panel with a blue, animated “mouth”.
Before dying at the age of 39, Blaise Pascal made huge contributions to both physics and mathematics, notably in fluids, geometry, and probability. This work, however, would influence more than just the realm of the natural sciences. Many fields that we now classify under the heading of social science did, in fact, also grow out…
Jake Monty, a former member of Donald Trump's National Hispanic Advisory Council, said it’s troubling to see the Trump administration let the fate of undocumented immigrants be determined by a political agenda.
Turkey is holding snap elections on June 24, and in the run-up, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s stump speeches have grown more and more Trumpian. Like the American president, Erdoğan fashions himself as populist representative of the common man facing down an array of corrupt elites. The stakes are high for him as a victory would solidify one-man rule in Turkey — a NATO ally of 80 million people.
In Gwoza, the gunmen arrived just after 10 a.m., skidding to a halt outside the school on motorcycles and surrounding the Nigerian students who huddled in small groups around the courtyard, frittering away the short break between their classes. In Damasak, they came as a teacher was placing an exam paper facedown on the table in front of one of her students. In Bama, it was still too early for school when Boko Haram appeared.
By Makini Brice and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he was ordering the creation of a sixth branch of the military to focus on space, a move critics said could harm the Air Force. "We are going to have the Air Force and we're going to have the 'Space Force.' Separate but equal. The idea of a Space Force has been raised before, by Trump and previous administrations, with proponents saying it would make the Pentagon more efficient.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana State Police trooper who tweeted a photo of a vehicle he stopped for driving too slowly in the left lane says he's overwhelmed by the widespread praise he's receiving online.
A mysterious rock formation on Mars, which has perplexed scientists for decades, was likely formed as a result of a series of explosive volcanic eruptions more than 3 billion years ago. The Medusae Fossae Formation is a vast, unusual deposit of soft rock comprising hills and valleys, which extends for more than 3,100 miles across Mars’s equator. Scientists first spotted the formation in the 1960s in images captured by one of NASA’s Mariner spacecraft, but the process of how it was produced has remained unclear.
Summer traditionally marks a time for us to gather with our loved ones and look up at the night sky. From spotting our two closest heavenly neighbors to watching the best meteor shower of the year, this summer sky will be anything but boring in the upcoming weeks. Not all the celestial events are during the evening.
South Carolina firefighter Ed Thompson says his life was saved after undergoing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD from his job. Researchers are starting phase three clinical trials this summer to get FDA approval for the legal prescription of MDMA for inpatient therapy.
Harvard University, because it is accused of admitting too few Asian-American students, and New York’s most selective public schools, because the city’s mayor thinks it is admitting too many. As admissions at the nation’s most competitive schools become evermore competitive — Harvard admitted 4.59 percent of applicants this year, while the acceptance rate at New York’s Stuyvesant High School has been estimated at 17 percent — the controversies are a reminder that every change in the admissions equation that increases the chances of members of one group inevitably disadvantage others. Both situations also reflect the fact that Asian-American students tend to excel academically, particularly on standardized achievement tests.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told reporters Monday that it was “offensive” to imply that the administration had a “policy” of separating parents from children at the border — even though it was the stated purpose of the controversial change in enforcement procedures put in place by the Trump administration.
It was not, perhaps, the most somber moment in the history of the U.S. Senate. In the midst of reciting a list of complaints about FBI agents allegedly swayed by their own anti-Trump animus, Sen. John Kennedy R-La., stopped speaking and looked up.
As rich countries welcome autonomous cars, trucks and boats onto their roads and waterways, the developing world is grappling with a humbler revolution: automated farming. China, home to 1.4 billion appetites, is embracing this technology earlier and more vigorously than its peers — and will consequently have to face up to its challenges, too. This month, China is launching a seven-year autonomous agriculture pilot program in Jiangsu Province.