The stigma surrounding people with severe mental illness in India leads to increased poverty among them, especially women, according to new research. “Mental health professionals must incorporate an understanding of multidimensional poverty stressors as well as address family and community dynamics,” authors. “Our findings go beyond medical and public health and link mental health to international development.” —> Read More Here
Melanoma in some adolescent and adult patients involves many of the same genetic alterations and would likely respond to the same therapy, researchers have found. “Until now the genetic basis of pediatric melanoma has been a bit of a mystery,” said a co-corresponding author. “With this study, we have established the molecular signatures of the three subtypes of this cancer, signatures that have implications for diagnosis and treatment.” —> Read More Here
In some pregnancies, there is an abnormal blood flow from the placenta and the fetus does not grow adequately in the womb, putting it at risk of being stillborn. Babies that grow poorly in the womb could have better outcomes if a method for the timing of delivery was used more widely, a study suggests. —> Read More Here
Experts at Gingko Bioworks in Boston are developing a cultured fragrance that uses the coded genes and enzymes from a rose to genetically engineer strains of yeast. —> Read More Here
A new 3D technology aims to give mobile devices the power to display holographic images and video. Partly inspired by a scene from Star Wars where a holographic image of Princess Leia pleads for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi, the appropriately named ‘Leia’ recently demonstrated a prototype of its display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Have you ever had one of those days when you just couldn’t complete another Fourier Transform no matter how many chocolate covered cacao nibs you consumed? You need to perk yourself up, maybe imagine something a little more exotic than a Volkswagen diesel scooting down a gravel road. Well then, pull up a chair and grab a copy of the last Architectural Design issue of 2014 entitled “Space Architecture – The New Frontier for Design Research”. Sure it’s got some pretty involved speculative prose, but the graphics are stupendous and will knock you right back into a can-do mindset.
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Historians at the University of California Los Angeles have reconstructed ancient Rome using architectural modelling software and found few of the buildings were made from marble. —> Read More Here
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THE GUARDIANS OF RAJA AMPAT FILM AND CONCERT TOUR: Driving Conservation with Grand-Scale Media in Remote Communities
Text and Photos by John Weller and iLCP Fellow Shawn Heinrichs
A thousand faces glowed in the light of the 2-story-tall outdoor theater screen, and the mood of the crowd changed minute to minute in reaction to the film: excited whispers and inside jokes as they saw themselves and their village on screen; pursed lips and angry sideways glances as a fish bomb exploded; nods of agreement, sweet smiles and even tears at the end. But the end of the film was only the midpoint in this event, and moments later hundreds of fists flew into the air as Edo Kondologit – Papua’s most famous singer, who donated his time to headline the tour – leaned forward into the climax of his song Aku Papua, “I AM Papua.”
The crowd screamed the lyrics into the night, proclaiming their heritage, declaring their solidarity in —> Read More Here
In two papers published in the journal Science, an international team of anthropologists reported the discovery of a partial hominin jaw with teeth from the Ledi-Geraru area, the Afar region of Ethiopia, that establishes the presence of our human genus at 2.8 – 2.75 million years ago. Labeled LD 350-1, the fossil – the left [...] —> Read More Here
Early menopause can be prevented and fertility may be preserved in young women with early stage breast cancer, according to a study. A major international clinical trial has found that the risk of sudden onset of menopause can be significantly reduced by adding a drug called goserelin to the chemotherapy regimen. Women who took goserelin and wanted to have children also were more likely to get pregnant and deliver a healthy baby. —> Read More Here