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Part 2: Activists say solar can power India, but politics and economics of coal win out

A failed solar experiment in the village of Dharnai has underscored the challenges of going solar in India. Photo by Gayathri Vaidyanathan. DHARNAI, India — One year ago, environmentalists hailed this tiny village as the future of clean energy in rural India. Today, it is powered by coal. Dharnai, a community of about 3,200 people […]

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Australia Cuts 110 Climate Scientist Jobs

With an ax rather than a scalpel, Australia’s federal science agency last week chopped off its climate research arm in a decision that has stunned scientists and left employees dispirited. As many as 110 out of 140 positions at the atmosphere and oceans division at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will be […]

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Maternal mortality

Looking at the best and worst performing states from 1998 to 2009 for India Hospital Watch.

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Most complaints are dismissed by medical council

This visualization is an example of the woeful lack of regulatory oversight on the medical profession. For India Health Watch, I analyzed all the cases of medical negligence filed with the Delhi Medical Council in 2005. Out of a total of 80 complaints filed, 39 were not even considered. Mouse over the first chart to get details […]

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When drillers frack each other

During a frack hit, a company inadvertently ends up fracking a nearby, often older well owned by someone else. This is a problem because fracking happens at immense pressures — 10,000 psi. Oil wells constructed in the 1980s or even a century earlier are unable to cope with such immense pressures. In Canada The first inkling Alberta regulators […]

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Decoding India’s Smallest Babies

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Death on the gas field illustrates high risks of the rush to drill

Buckhannon, West Virginia: The ground was like a sponge and the men’s legs sank, in places up to their calves. A rumble of diesel engines filled the air. Then, there was a cry: “Back! Go back!” Charles “C.J.” Bevins, a 23-year-old roughneck, was pinned against a trailer by a forklift. The vehicle was partially sunk into […]

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Academic article: Inhibitors of the enzyme AK

Identification and Biochemical Studies on Novel Non-Nucleoside Inhibitors of the Enzyme Adenosine Kinase Authored by Jae Park, Gayathri Vaidyanathan, Bhag Singh & Radhey Gupta Department of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University Adenosine Kinase is an enzyme that adds a phosphate to adenosine. Adenosine is one of four bases in DNA, and when it has […]

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Incongruous Science

The cement trough yawns below me, an abyss filled with streaming sewage hundreds of feet below. The smell is pungent and faintly urine-like as wastewater from streams and rivers mixes with household waste to create a haven for the bacterium that is my nemesis: Chlamydia.

“You know what’s in the sewage?” asks the beefy engineer at the Woodward Avenue water purification plant in Hamilton, a small city in Ontario once famous for its steel. These days, it is more known for its non-achievements: steel mill layoffs, Ti-Cats football fanatics who shout “Oskie-Wee-Wee! Oskie-Wa-Wa! Holy mackinaw! Tigers…ha! Ha! Ha!” even as their team repeatedly loses, and an underdeveloped downtown core with an overdeveloped pigeon problem.

But Hamilton is also a city of waterfalls and streams, rivers and harbors, all a natural home for Chlamydia. As, of course, is sewage.

“Corn,” the engineer answers himself seriously. “Corn doesn’t get digested. It passes through the intestine intact.”

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