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Stories about Science

Turkey's struggle against natural disasters: wildfires, drought, floods, and a possible earthquake

In light of recent natural disasters and weak governmental response, many wonder whether the government is prepared to handle its worst disaster yet — a possible earthquake in Istanbul.

Namibian female sprinters are victorious at World Under-20 Athletics Championship amidst bans over discriminatory tests

In April 2021, the World Athletics introduced new rules for female classification which banned four athletes — all from Africa — from participating in the 800m race.

Code Red: climate crisis is inflaming extreme weather disasters

'To me, the most important part of this week's big IPCC climate report is that science has now established a direct causal link between fossil fuel burning and extreme weather.'

Humanities researchers have become ‘enemies of the nation’ in Brazil, says anthropologist

Rosana Pinheiro-Machado suffered attacks, persecution, and other difficulties working as a researcher before leaving her homeland Brazil for England.

UNESCO proposes listing World Heritage Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’

The fairness of the diplomatic process are irrelevant to the wider context of the reef’s 'in danger' listing. Australia risks being labelled an international climate change pariah.

L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science winner Argentine mathematician Dr. Dickenstein: “Follow your passion”

Alicia Dickenstein explains her path to studying math and encourages other girls and women to do the same.

Size matters: US donation to Trinidad & Tobago sparks conversation on vaccine equity

The US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago's decision to tweet about its donation of 80 vials of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to Trinidad and Tobago has received severe online backlash.

Vaccine hesitancy in smaller Caribbean islands benefits larger neighbours with high COVID-19 rates

Rather than have vaccine doses expire, regional governments have been donating part of their allocations to larger Caribbean Community (CARICOM) neighbours who need them.

Diversity is key: Speaking with Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, winner of the 2021 World Food Prize

"Immediate actions are needed as the numbers of those who are becoming malnourished and do not have access to nourishing foods are growing rapidly."

Sustainable nutrition: Speaking with Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, winner of the 2021 World Food Prize

"I hope this award will give me a platform to change the way we look at [and] work with food systems — moving the narrative from ‘just feeding’ to ‘nourishing.’"

In honour of World Turtle Day, meet the five species that frequent Trinidad and Tobago

Despite protection efforts, the species continues to face numerous threats, including continued attempts at harvesting, bycatch, habitat loss, climate change and plastic pollution.

Women in Science: Theologian Regina Polak on interfaith conflicts and womanhood

'Interreligious dialogue cannot the solve social, political and economic causes underlying hostilities towards Muslims. But it can, most importantly, contribute religious ideas to a more peaceful and just coexistence.'

Women in Science: Neuroscientist Caroline Geisler on ‘standing out from the crowd’

As part of continuous coverage of women in science, Global Voices spoke to Caroline Geisler, PhD, an independent research associate in the neurobiology department at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. 

Heavy rains worsen the effects of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ La Soufrière volcano

As the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season draws closer, the country has been experiencing heavy bouts of rainfall, which have contributed to the creation of lahars, or destructive volcanic mudflows.

Crumbling infrastructure and oxygen shortage hit India’s Covid-19 response

A lack of hospital beds and oxygen supply combined with mass election rallies and religious gatherings have exposed India’s inadequate pandemic response.

St. Vincent's La Soufrière explodes again on 42nd anniversary of last major eruption

There are concerns for residents who have refused to leave their homes in the "Red Zone," and for birds and other wildlife.

Women ‘don’t have to fit themselves into someone else's perception,’ says Turkish aerospace engineer

An interview Gökçin Çınar, a 30-year-old aerospace engineering researcher from Turkey working at Georgia Tech, in the United States.

COVID-19 vaccine in Africa: Caught between China’s soft-power diplomacy and the West’s vaccine nationalism, Part I

The storage of Chinese Sinovac’s CoronaVac and Sinopharm are more suited for Africa’s hot temperatures, unlike those produced in the West, which require deep-freezer temps. 

‘Women’s role in science is vital': An interview with Ecuadorian scientist Patricia Castillo Briceño

"We cannot afford to lose half of the scientific talent due to lack of gender equity."

In Mozambique, a tug of war between public health and digital rights during the pandemic

Under an extended state of emergency in Mozambique, several new digital platforms emerged to disseminate COVID-19 information. But these initiatives lack clarity in terms of data privacy and personal security.

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