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Science Fiction In India

I have been a great SF lover. Being a literature student, SF fascinated me more because it takes us to the next level of human experiences -- the next dimension. Owing to my science and literature background I was able to connect Marx to HG Wells and George Orwell to Asimov. I found the darkness of Nietzsche and Kafka in the depression of The Time Machine. And that I felt was a perfect blend.

Added by Swapnil Bhartiya on June 11, 2007 at 17:43 — 8 Comments

Indonesia is a paradise of wildlife traders

In 1854, the island of Singapore consists of a multitude of small hills, three or four hundred feet high, the summit of many of which, are still covered with virgin forest, told Alfred Russel Wallace, an English naturalist in his book “The Malay Archipelago.”…

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Added by Harry Surjadi on June 11, 2007 at 17:35 — No Comments

Science and Environment Reporting as viewed by Scientists and media practitioners

There is a lot that is not said about the reporting on science and the environment in the privately owned manstream media and public broadcasting . This is an observation emanating from a regional, local as well as global perspective. Social, economic and political issues always take centre stage, with science and the environment relegated to the mid section of the mainstream newspapers and in News Bulletins mentioned in passing. What is happening in the Newsrooms no one knows unless…

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Added by wandile kallipa on June 11, 2007 at 12:15 — 1 Comment

Naked game played with innocent nature by a wise humanbeings.

The natural gift is invaded by us( human) and in the long run see level decreased due to polution of organic and inorganic matters refusals(flood, climate hot etc )and started to make inhabitants, shelter and farming. This is an example of a naked play with mountain and noture, Pictures is self explanotary. It is created by us. I mean this disaster is done by us.…

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Added by Indra Prasad Sitoula on June 11, 2007 at 10:59 — 3 Comments

The broader canvas of culture, gender and sexuality is very important for human rights activism

The

broader canvas of culture, gender and sexuality is very important to formulate

policy and also to promote and practice value based human rights activism. Gender differences are observed in

every stratum of society, and within every social group, across different

castes, races, ethnic or religious groups. Many development support interventions will rely on the…
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Added by S.Jahangir Hasan Masum on June 11, 2007 at 10:34 — 5 Comments

TRADITIONAL MEDICINE EVALUATION

Download ALT MED PPR AND CYTOTOXIC ITY ATO HgO.doc

I HAD RECENTLY INITIATED A PROJECT ON FORMAL -INFORMAL SECTOR INTERPHASE FOR EVALUATION OF TRADITIONAL METAL MEDICINE. THIS REGION HAS A HISTORY OF TRADITIONAL METAL MEDICINES CONTAINING ARSENIC AND MERCURY COMPOUNDS OR DERIVATIVES/ORGANIC COMPLEXES.

THOUGH THERE ARE SOME REPORTS OF ANTI-CANCER MEDICINAL EFFECTS OF CHINESE MEDICINES…

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Added by sureshkumar.s on June 11, 2007 at 8:01 — No Comments

Saving the Rare Sumatran Rhino

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005 at 04.00 AM, the sky in Braja Asri Village, about one kilometer from the boundary of the Way Kambas National Park, was still dark. A six years old female Sumatran rhino was seen by villagers. The 217 cm long young rhino did not think that today would be her longest day ever.…

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Added by Harry Surjadi on June 11, 2007 at 7:21 — No Comments

Indonesian biological diversity richness will gone in 30 years

Indonesia is not only a multi-ethnic nation with more than 3,000 languages and diversified cultures. Indonesia is rich in biological diversity also. Indonesia vies with Brazil for the title of richest country on Earth in term of biological diversity.…

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Added by Harry Surjadi on June 11, 2007 at 7:11 — No Comments

Please, wash your hands before eating!

Here is the typical picture of worst slum areas in Jakarta and other big cities in Indonesia: most of the houses made of recycled wooden pallets, plastic or cardboard boxes, or used asbestos; houses usually have only one room and usually packed with five or more people. The environment surrounding the slums is as poor as the inhabitants: lack of proper sewerage system, no electricity, lack of clean water supply, and…

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Added by Harry Surjadi on June 11, 2007 at 6:59 — 1 Comment

Waste Incinerator

In my country we are comtemplating of installing a waste incinerator for disposal of solid waste. Solid wastes are unsorted and there are very few recycling. But there is large public outcry for this incinerator project. I like opinions on this. Presently solid waste diposal is by sanitary landfill.

Added by Sheila on June 10, 2007 at 22:49 — No Comments

No more domestic violance

We all should work to stop domestice viloance that make women more vulnerable in the developing countries. We need to build up awareness among men and women who can influence in his/her own life as well as others to stop violance NOW.

Added by Shamsun on June 10, 2007 at 11:27 — 2 Comments

Some History - and Some Friends

I helped a lot of colleagues at UN Volunteers in Viet Nam create a new website. A lot of UNV stories can be found at:

http://www.un.org.vn/unv/

Nick Greenfield recently did a story about my wife and me which is on the site at, along with a couple videos:

http://www.un.org.vn/unv/en/news/stories/vern.htm

Added by Vern Weitzel on June 10, 2007 at 8:00 — No Comments

Science Writing

Writing about science is always interesting. But you should be very practical while being interested. Otherwise you will never make it as a science writer. Your material practically can be accepted by a publisher and most importently you should be read by readers!

Added by Anuradha Alahakoon on June 9, 2007 at 16:10 — 2 Comments

Career oppurtunities in science journalism

Hello there..........

I would like to know about the career oppurtunities available in this field.......... I would also like to know about the required educational degrees and courses to be pursued. Please do reply!!!!!

Added by Isha Thombre on June 9, 2007 at 8:14 — 1 Comment

Open letter to G8 on its 'Stern review' for biodiversity

A study planned by the G8 nations could focus much-needed attention on the environmental degradation at the core of so many of the world’s problems, or it could sink like a stone, writes

Camilla Toulmin, director of the International Institute for

Environment and Development.

The leaders of the G8 group of most industrialised nations are set to back a study of the economic value of biological diversity at this week’s summit in

Germany. This…

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Added by MikeShanahan on June 8, 2007 at 15:15 — 1 Comment

China launches its first national climate change program

Maybe many of you have known about this news, which came through yesterday at a press briefing. I was there and have produced several stories about it. You can find them at www.chinadaily.com.cn or www.scidev.net.

I would like to say here that I do feel an urge for China to do more about mitigating climate change, especially in the implementation of this all-around program. Share with you an anecdote: After…

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Added by Wu Chong on June 5, 2007 at 8:44 — 1 Comment

UNEP/GRID powerpoint slides on melting glaciers

World Environment Day is 5 June 2007. To commemorate this and the launch of Global Outlook for Ice and Snow report, UNEP/GRID

Sioux Falls has released a set of PowerPoint presentations entitled "Melting

Glaciers". Since 1960, glaciers around the world have lost an estimated 8,000

cubic kilometres of ice. This collection of visually compelling slides of

melting ice, showing changes measured using satellite observations, is…
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Added by MikeShanahan on June 4, 2007 at 17:00 — No Comments

Role of science fiction in communicating science

Science fiction is not only an effective learning device for school children but it could just be judiciously used in communicating science to lay people as is evidenced by a study[unpublished] conducted in eastern uttar pradesh,India.The study in question reveals that people get easily attracted when they are told about issues in S&T using a story/sf format .It could be just a story in narration or a drama to easily communicate many issues in S&T affecting common man in region… Continue

Added by Dr.Arvind Mishra on June 3, 2007 at 12:36 — 6 Comments

Establish a fair framework for sharing of virus samples as well as vaccines

By Brenda Zulu



Member states of the World Health Assembly (WHA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) Secretariat have been called upon to establish a fair, transparent mechanism and framework to govern the sharing of virus samples and equitable distribution of vaccines and medical products relating to the avian influenza.



In a press release, Civil Society Organisations observed that early this year Indonesia suspended…
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Added by Brenda Zulu on May 31, 2007 at 15:38 — No Comments

Water in Brazzaville, Hydropower in Antalya, Whales, tiger etc in the Hague

Many of you may already be familiar with the work of the International Institute for Sustainable Development in providing coverage of international environmental policy meetings. For the last sixteen years, we have been sending teams of academics to both UN negotiations and other key policy meetings, where science meets politics. We started doing this work in 1992 in the preparations for the UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio and…

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Added by Langston J Goree on May 28, 2007 at 0:49 — No Comments

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