WANLOV: HIGH UP at KUBOLOR’S ECO RAVE

Originally posted on ACCRA [dot] ALT Radio:

Story by NANA OSEI KWADWO | Photography by Sena Asante
Vintage Aliens
Vintage Aliens

Wanlov the Kubolor – one half of the FOKN BOIS – is making a public service announcement. He’s on an important mission to raise awareness about how human beings can protect the environment by eliminating trash. Even better, he believes we can create amazing, functional art with waste. 

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Your weekend reading: The purpose of life, an excellent mushroom timelapse

jdaiv:

An amazing video with a strong message from Paul Stamets.

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Interesting, informative, bizarre. Here’s a round-up of interwebs reading from the past few weeks:

Mushrooms are not at the top of my favorite foods list but, above, see why they are now at the top of my favorite things to watch a timelapse video of.  Shot by cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg (watch his TED Talks) and starring mushroom enthusiast Paul Stamets. [io9]

Nobody expects atoms and molecules to have a purpose, so why do we still treat living beings like they do? [Aeon]

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The first in a series of satirical articles about the U.S. written with the type of language that American journalists usually use to cover foreign countries. [Global post]

Since Guantanamo Bay started receiving captives, only three artists have been allowed to visit. Here are drawings from the latest visit. [Paris Review]

Naked mole rats are…

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July 11, 2013 Journal Article: Highly localized sensitivity to climate forcing drives endemic cholera in a megacity.

Originally posted on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Journal Club:

Article: Highly localized sensitivity to climate forcing drives endemic cholera in a megacity.

July 11, 2013 (Thursday) 2:00 PM

Location: HPNP Room G307

Moderator: John Anderson

Join us for our third Summer meeting! This article takes us to Dhaka, Bangladesh and examines the relationship between climate, cholera and spatial heterogeneity.

Reiner Jr, RC et al. (2012) Highly localized sensitivity to climate forcing drives endemic cholera in a megacity. PNAS (109): doi:10.1073/pnas.1108438109

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One Year Later, Gainesville Still Loves Mountains

One Year Later, Gainesville Still Loves Mountains

Gainesville Loves Mountains is pushing the Gainesville City Commission to adopt an ordinance to prevent Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) from buying coal extracted by mountaintop removal mining. Jason Fults’ article in the Iguana outlines some of the background for this ordinance. They have created a petition to the Gainesville CIty Commission that you can sign. If you are interested in learning more and taking action follow Gainesville Loves Mountains on Twitter and Facebook.

Say ‘Hello’ to the 100 trillion bacteria that make up your microbiome

Originally posted on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Journal Club:

Say ‘Hello’ to the 100 trillion bacteria that make up your microbiome

Thanks Nick Kawa, for bringing Michael Pollan’s extensive article on gut ecology in NY Times Magazine to our attentionThe article summarizes work from a number of labs researching the role of gut ecology on human health, a topic that has become quite popular in the media and scientific literature, particularly in the context of fecal transplants (e.g. NPR, NY Times, The Lancet Infectious Diseases).

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India develops new rotavirus vaccine

Originally posted on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Journal Club:

India develops new rotavirus vaccine.  Rotavirus is estimated to cause over 100,000 deaths per year in children under five years of age in India alone.

The announcement was made at the International Symposium on “Rotavirus Vaccines For India- the Evidence and the Promise” where our own Rick Rheingans is presenting on rotavirus vaccination cost-effectiveness in India.

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Seasonality, disease and behavior: Using multiple methods to explore socio-environmental health risks in the Mekong Delta

Seasonality, disease and behavior: Using multiple methods to explore socio-environmental health risks in the Mekong Delta

This research by Roger Few et al. explores the complexities of disease risk in Mekong delta households. Simplistic relationships between seasonality and disease risk are not sufficient to explain heterogeneity of behaviors and perceptions of risk held in these communities.