As Pope Francis slammed Europe as “elderly and haggard” in an address this week in Strasbourg, the speaker of the Polish parliament, Radek Sikorski, warned in the WorldPost that Europe’s starkest challenge is defending “a world of rules” against an aggressive Russia. Writing from the Vatican for our “Following Francis” series, Sébastien Maillard looks at the “holy ghostwriters” behind the pontiff’s tweets and encyclicals.
WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones reports from Istanbul on yet another retrograde move in Turkey’s modern history taken by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who declared this week that men and women can’t be equal. Though Erdogan still considers the Kurdish Democratic Union Party a terrorist organization, Nazand Begikhani writes from Iraqi Kurdistan about how women from that party who have taken up arms to defend their fellow Kurds from the radically misogynist Islamic State are also advancing equal rights in their own society.
This week, as the Israeli cabinet moved to define Israel as a “Jewish state,” the French parliament, like other European parliaments of late, is voting on whether to recognize a Palestinian state. Writing from Paris,
A copy of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, the first-ever compilation of the Bard’s plays published in 1623, has been discovered in the library of a small town in northern France, a librarian said Tuesday.
With the holiday season upon us, what better time for a few cautionary notes from Trace about the holidays that rack up the lion’s share of death alongside the fun?
Revealed in Seoul, and called EyeCan+, the portable box allows disabled people to write documents or browse the internet by blinking and moving their eyes.
Canadian phone firm BlackBerry is offering to pay iPhone users up to $600 if they swap to its handsets.
Bob Hariri, M.D., Ph.D., is the vice chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell-therapy diagnostics and therapeutics company he co-founded in 2013 with Craig Venter and Peter Diamandis, which is focused on extending the healthy, high-performance human lifespan. Utilizing technological advancements in genomics, bioinformatics, computing and cell therapy, HLI plans to develop therapeutic solutions to some of the most complex yet actionable diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and dementia. A recipient of the Thomas Alva Edison Award in 2007 and 2011, the former CEO of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics, and one of the pioneers of the global cell-therapy industry, Bob recently sat down with me to discuss his current work on the frontiers of aging and cellular science.
You’ve formed one of the most provocative and promising companies working in the cellular sciences. How did you get together with Craig Venter and Peter Diamandis of the X PRIZE?
I am very fortunate to have two remarkable visionary friends in Craig and Peter. I have admired the work that Craig has done in the broad landscape of genomics and synthetic biology and have always been inspired by his pioneering approach as an entrepreneur.
Florida Researchers have been working with Nasa to develop a system to repurpose human waste on a moonbase and turn it into fuel.
A new study looks at the future of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago and finds that by the end of this century, the region might be ice-free for 2 to 5 months, something that puts bears in grave peril.
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Public health groups say lower levels will benefit people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Business groups say it’s another expensive hoop to jump through.
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