SCIENCE & HEALTH
As it stands, the outlook is grim. Humanity has collectively passed the point of no return in its emissions and wanton pollution of the environment. With this in mind, the time has come to shift from half-hearted preventive measures to a full-scale preparation for a warmer planet.
In 1977, two twin Voyager ships were launched towards uncharted regions of the universe. They were heralded by their architect Carl Sagan as “emissaries of Earth to the realm of the stars."
why are we so focused on how nutrients effect our physiology out of the context of food, rather than looking for the effects that these same nutrients have when ingested in their natural form: in a meal? When we intake iron in the form of red meat there are thousands of other compounds and chemicals that will effect how the iron behaves in our body. So why not design studies that explore the effects of eating foods, rather than the effects of nutrients, on our physiology?
The Krugman case is thus complex, full of ethical questions essential to the practice of productive and reputable research. Critics have hotly debated Krugman’s claims that he acted ethically, and logical arguments can be made for both sides. Nevertheless, what is clear is that Krugman’s research and its criticisms clearly show the duality of medicine: the conflict between maximizing benefit to an individual patient versus maximizing the benefit to society.
In China, food scarcity is not a new problem. Famine is deeply embedded in Chinese history and ingrained in the public’s historical consciousness. Censorship programs by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) aim to wipe memories of the Great Leap Forward and its catastrophic consequences from the minds of the Chinese, but interviews with survivors and aggressive research has led to scholars estimating that between 35 and 45 million people died between 1958 and 1961 because of the CCP’s collectivist agricultural policies.
Tobacco’s history and China’s reactions thereto reflect the profound impressions that colonial intervention has left on China’s historical consciousness. By considering China’s former opium trade and its current tobacco industry, one may discover a paradox that is both a product of and a response to its modern history.
The avian influenza (AI) virus—a type A influenza adapted to an avian host— is a pathogen most noted for its debilitating effect on the global poultry industry.
Theme parks like Disneyland in California are famous for being every child’s dream – yet this past holiday, the park was nothing short of a nightmare. Instead of spending time with family, many children ended up in the hospital, diagnosed with the once-U.S.-eradicated measles.
More than 60 million people in China have disabilities. The scope of these problems has increased in recent years not only in size but in proportion to the population. They persist not only as a result of political apathy, but because of deeply ingrained cultural perceptions that render them far more formidable than many of China’s other problems.