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The Politically Incorrect Guide to Ending Poverty

What would happen if you attacked poverty with a culture transplant?  Take a needy third-world country, and have them voluntary cede a piece of land to, say, the Canadians, where their laws and customs would be sovereign.  There build a “charter city” in which migrant labor would be welcome, but only if they played by the new rules.  Some decry this as not only neo-colonialism, but neo-feudalism.  But when Britain did something like this in the last century in Hong Kong, it may have inadvertantly started a process that brought more people out of poverty than all of the world’s foreign aid in the entire 20th century.  This audaciously controversial idea is now being taken seriously, says The Atlantic.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/07/the-politically-incorrect-guide-to-ending-poverty/8134

A RotaVirus Vaccine’s Remarkable Impact

American medical research making a big difference against a disease that hit Nicaragua’s children hard.  We defy you to watch this video without reaching for the tissues. 

http://www.gatesfoundation.org/livingproofproject/Pages/video-gallery.aspx#video=/livingproofproject/Pages/vaccine-remarkable-impact.aspx&pager=0&filter=&autostart=true

4 Health Breakthroughs We Might See By 2020

Oprah, talking about the deep, radical future again.

The next ten years will radically change the way major diseases are diagnosed, treated, even cured.  Take a sneak peak at the budding breakthroughs.                                  

http://www.oprah.com/health/Health-Breakthroughs-Well-See-By-2020

Fork In The Road

Will the new European Research Council lead EU science to success or lose its way?  Once in a generation, perhaps, a new research agency is born that does unprecedented things.  The US National Science Foundation (NSF) got going (after 5 years of argument) in 1951 and its budget hit $1 billion 32 years later, in 1983.

http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/57107/

Regulatory Science Gets Boost

The National Institutes of Health and the US Food and Drug Administration announced a new collaboration on February 24th, 2010 that will support efforts in translational and regulatory science, including a contribution of $6.75 million in regulatory research grants over the next three years. 

http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/57174/

Sticking Plaster Hailed as Skin Cancer Cure

Doctors have unveiled the world’s first adhesive band-aid that can cure cancer.  The high-tech device contains a small light that combines with a chemical cream to kill skin cancer cells.  A cream containing a harmless chemical is rubbed into the skin where it is absorbed by skin cancer cells, but not healthy tissue.  Three hours later the LED in the band-aid automatically switches on a for pre-programmed duration, converting the chemical into a lethal drug.  It kills the cancer, but minimizes collateral damage to healthy cells.  The Ambulight band-aid has already been used on 50 patients with a success rate of up to 90%.  It is less painful than surgery and leaves no scar.

 http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Sticking-Plaster-Cure-For-Cancer-High-Tech-Device-Kills-Skin-Cancer-Cells-Say-Scottish-Doctors/Article/201003215572080

Amid Nanotech’s Dazzling Promise, Health Risks Grow

For almost two years, molecular biologist Benedicte Trouiller doused the drinking water of scores of lab mice with nano titanium-dioxide, the most common nano particle used in consumer products today.  She knew that earlier studies in test tubes and Petri dishes showed the same particle could cause disease, but her tests at UCLA’s School of Public Health were in living animals and thus regarded by some scientists as more relevant in assessing potential human harm. Half way through, Trouiller became alarmed:  the titanium-dioxide was damaging or destroying the animals’ DNA and chromosomes.  The findings were repeatedly confirmed as she repeated the tests again and again.

http://www.aolnews.com/nanotech/article/amid-nanotechs-dazzling-promise-health-risks-grow/19401235