Stories about Science from May, 2009
USA: The battle over medical marijuana
In the United States, 13 states currently allow citizens to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, but even these limited rights are under threat. In response, many Americans have created blogs to support and extend the legalization of marijuana.
Aruba, U.S.A.: Hubble Engineer
Repeating Islands profiles Dr. Edward Cheung, an Aruban of Chinese descent who is the Principal Engineer of the Hubble Space Telescope Service Project.
Russia: Valentina Tereshkova
Belatedly, a link to Copydude‘s post about Valentina Tereshkova, “the first woman in space.”
China: Pharmaceutical company PSA
Chris Waugh at bezdomny ex patria has translated an advertorial from a company boasting “capacity for large-scale production of swine flu vaccine”. Vaccine confidence, Waugh wonders, or over-confidence?
Egypt: Combating H1N1 with pigs culling
While the world is busy trying to figure out a way for necessarily precautions to stop swine flu or H1N1 from spreading, the Egyptian government decided to take one more step forward and cull all pigs in the country. Since then bloggers, as well as mainstream media, have been engaged in a long debate whether this is a wise decision, or whether the crisis should have been managed in a better way.