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Stories about Science

11 March 2017

Chinese Scientists Speak Out Against the Great Firewall (Again)

Global Voices Advocacy

'...it takes at least 10-20 second to access a page. Sometimes it takes more than half an hour to access some university websites…'

6 March 2017

A 3-Year-Old Girl Is Reportedly Dying in Russia Because Her Mom Doesn't Believe in AIDS

RuNet Echo

About 1,300 miles east of Moscow, there’s reportedly a three-year-old girl dying of AIDS. Unfortunately for the child, her mother denies the existence of the human immunodeficiency virus.

4 February 2017

Borders or Bans Can't Stop Me From Being a Muslim Doctor

The Bridge

Pakistan and many other Muslim-majority countries provide numerous physicians to the US healthcare system. Jalal Baig is afraid immigration restrictions will affect foreign physicians who contribute.

2 February 2017

A New, Free E-Book Celebrates Caribbean Waterbirds

Think bird counts are something only scientists and serious birdwatchers do? A new e-book, out just in time for the annual Caribbean bird count, gets everyone involved.

18 January 2017

Mapping the Smells of Kyiv

RuNet Echo

A small motley crew “with notepads taken from conferences and scraps of paper” recorded the scents of Kyiv this winter. The results, it turns out, are glorious.

12 January 2017

The Chilean Podcast Putting the Stars Within Everyone's Reach

"My great wish for us all is that we find our inner child and surprise ourselves with the wonders of our cosmos."

1 January 2017

How ‘Open Source’ Seed Producers From the US to India Are Changing Global Food Production

Around the world, plant breeders are resisting what they see as corporate control of the food supply by making seeds available for other breeders to use.

30 December 2016

A Satellite Launch Lights Up the Night Sky Over Japan

"A beautiful glow in the nighttime sky." "It was really impressive."

28 November 2016

Facebook’s Controversial ‘Free Basics’ Project Spreads to 47 Countries

Free Basics is a collaboration between Facebook and mobile providers that allows access for free but limited access to internet.

21 November 2016

Japanese Social Media Panic After Psychic ‘Predicts’ Massive Earthquake

"Matsubara Teruko, who predicted the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, is the perfect example of the saying 'even a stopped clock is right twice a day.' Trust her predictions accordingly."

27 October 2016

Conservationists in Madagascar Race to Exterminate Troubling Toad

Conservationists seek to eradicate a deadly Asian invader, but finding the necessary funds is proving difficult.

16 October 2016

Mobs, Memes, Meanings, and Minds: Meet Porto's Medialab for Citizenship

The city of Porto, Portugal, is nearly ready for the ninth installment of “futureplaces”—a convention that combines citizen labs, performances, presentations, and debate.

19 September 2016

There's a Premier Dinosaur Museum in Japan's Oft-Overlooked Fukui Prefecture

The Fukui Dinosaur Museum is one of the top tourism attractions in Japan, allowing visitors to get an up-close look at fossil remains from millennia gone by.

4 September 2016

Jailed Iranian Nuclear Scientist Tweets About His New Conditional Freedom

After five years of imprisonment, Twitter -- the online platform that led his freedom campaign -- was how nuclear scientist Omid Kokabee first communicated with the world after his release.

29 August 2016

The Summer Season Brings an Orchestra of Cicadas to Japan

There are more than 30 different species of cicada in Japan. Each one has its own distinctive call. How many can you recognize?

17 August 2016

Some Japanese Find the ‘Dangerous’ Giant Hornet Cute, Inspiring—Even Delicious.

If it's August, it means you have to watch out for giant hornets in Japan. Beware!

11 July 2016

A New Species of Beetle Named After President Xi Is Blacklisted on Chinese Social Media

Global Voices Advocacy

"An act of ass kissing now turns into ass kicking…"

24 June 2016

Take a Virtual Reality Tour of West Papua’s Coral Reefs

Through a virtual reality film, we can now see the underwater treasures of Birds’ Head and feel like we are “scuba diving in a healthy reef.”

10 June 2016

Researchers Around the World Are Learning From Indigenous Communities. Here’s Why That’s a Good Thing.

“The hardest thing is to sit in a room with scientists who think they’ve discovered something, but their scientific discovery just confirms what our oral histories have talked about forever.”

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