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July 1, 2003
Prioritizing internet access may prove more wasteful than helpful to developing countries, says technology analyst Bill Thompson. With computer companies touting the immense benefits of wireless technology for the world's poor – citing the importance of internet access for participation in the global economy and the utility of information on weather and crop prices to poor farmers and...
Neil MacFarquhar June 29, 2003
The Iranian government is attempting to control the internet, the last refuge of unadulterated information – and pornography – in the country. Newspapers, television, and other forms of media have long been censored by the government, prevented from printing sexually explicit pictures and from criticizing the regime. Thus far, the internet has remained immune to such controls, with student...
Roger Pedersen June 16, 2003
Like the internationally known Human Genome Project, stem cell research is attracting much attention because of the promises it holds for medical science. In this article, biomedical expert, Roger Pedersen, argues that in order to ensure success for this project, more international collaboration is needed. He emphasizes the importance of transparent communication and exchange, among researchers...
Guy Gugliotta June 12, 2003
Scientists now have more evidence to support the claim that modern humans arose from one common ancestor in Africa. The recent discovery of the remains of two adults and a child from 160,000 years ago in northeast Ethiopia closes "a temporal and geographical gap" in the route on which human ancestors moved north out of Africa, to the Middle East and other regions of the world. Other...
Kathleen McAfee June 6, 2003
Genetically modified (GM) food offered as aid by the US is not simply manna from the heavens for people in famine-stricken countries, says Yale scholar Kathleen McAfee. African nations have refused GM food aid from the US not just because they fear losing access to the European Union market, where imported GM foods are subject to substantial restrictions. They also worry about environmental...
Alex Wijeratna June 4, 2003
It is profits and not an altruistic desire to end world hunger that is behind the emergence of the genetically modified (GM) agriculture industry, argues Alex Wijeratna of the UK based international development agency, ActionAid. Wijeratna's essay adds to the US's concern over export restrictions on GM treated food from the US to countries in the European Union. Recently, US President...
May 26, 2003
This article summarizes in English a story concerning SARS that appeared in the China Youth Daily. The story reveals the non-scientific reasons why Chinese scientists at the Beijing Genomic Institute, part of the global network on the Human Genome Project, did not succeed in contributing more to the scientific research on the Sars virus. According to the summary, the biggest lesson is how...