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What's the Connection Between the Downed Malaysian Jet and AIDS Research?

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Prof. Robert C. Gallo, 2009 laureate, mourns the death of Joep Lange, renowned AIDS researcher who lost his life last week aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. 

Lange was a professor at the University of Amsterdam’s Academic Medical Center and head of the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development,

Professor Lange was dedicated to improving HIV drug therapy and making medicine accessible to those infected with the virus in developing nations. In 2002, he famously said, “If we can get cold Coca-Cola and beer to every remote corner of Africa, it should not be impossible to do the same with drugs.”

It is ironic that Lange and his colleagues were traveling to the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, when their jetliner was savagely blown up. Russians and Ukrainians alike will suffer more than most from this slaughter of a cadre of AIDS researchers. According to UNAIDS, they account for nearly 90% of new infections diagnosed in a region that spans Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Read the Detroit Free Press article

 

 

Noninvasive Approach To Treat Epilepsy and Eye Conditions

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ED BODEN, 2004 scholarship recipient, led the MIT team of researchers that developed the first light-sensitive molecule that enables neurons to be silenced noninvasively, using a light source outside the skull. 

This noninvasive approach could pave the way to using optogenetics (the use of light-sensitive proteins to suppress or stimulate electrical signals within cells) in human patients to treat conditions such as epilepsy and eye conditions.

Ed Boyden, is an associate professor of biological engineering and brain and cognitive sciences at MIT.

Read the OnMedica article, June 30, 2014

 

During This Time of Conflict Between Israel and Hamas - Revisiting Quotes by Amos Oz

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AMOS OZ, Renowned Israel Novelist, 2008 laureate

"Two children of same cruel parent look at one another and see in each other the image of the cruel parent or the image of their past oppressor. This is very much the case between Jew and Arab: It's a conflict between two victims.

And in this respect, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been a tragedy, a clash between one very powerful, very convincing, very painful claim over this land and another no less powerful, no less convincing claim.

If we don't stop somewhere, if we don't accept an unhappy compromise, unhappy for both sides, if we don't learn how to unhappily coexist and contain our burned sense of injustice - if we don't learn how to do that, we end up in a doomed state.

It is crystal clear to me that if Arabs put down a draft resolution blaming Israel for the recent earthquake in Iran it would probably have a majority, the U.S. would veto it and Britain and France would abstain."

Israel at War With Hamas and Itself

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Leon Wieseltier, 2013 laurete, on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas

The ugly realities of murders and missiles

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Cutting CO2 Emissions to Limit Global Temperature Rise to Below 2°C Is Definitely Achievable

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JAMES HANSEN, 2007 laureate, and his colleagues argue that “the modern world as we know it” – is adapted to what scientists call the Holocene climate that has existed for more than 10,000 years – since the end of the Ice Age, the beginnings of agriculture and the first settlement of the cities.

Warming of 1°C relative to 1880–1920 keeps global temperature close to the Holocene range, but warming of 2°C, could cause “major dislocations for civilization.”

Despite the global agreement to stay below 2°C, the world is on a path that, without action, will lead to an increase of 4°C or more. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in its Fifth Assessment Report, known as AR5, that such a rise might exceed the world’s ability to adapt.

The scientific report for the UN Climate Summit shows how the countries that emit the most greenhouse gases (GHGs) can cut their carbon emissions by mid-century to prevent dangerous climate change. Prepared by independent researchers in 15 countries, it is the first global co-operation to identify practical pathways to a low-carbon economy by 2050.

Read the Climate News Network articles:

2C rise will be a disaster say leading scientists

Bold pathways point to a low-carbon future

 

Don't want to get pregnant? Just turn on your microchip!

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Remote-controlled Chip Could Be the Future of Contraceptives

MIT's ROBERT LANAGER, 2005 laureate, invented the controlled release microchip technology with colleagues Michael Cima and John Santini in the 1990s. He now leads a team  that is part of the Bill & Miranda Gates Foundation Family Planning Program and is adapting this technology for contraceptives. He hopes to have FDA approval for pre-clinical trials next year, with a view to have it available on the market by 2018.

Read the CNET article