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HIV/Aids drugs: WHO to recommend earlier treatment


UK government backs three-person IVF

Experts say three-person IVF could eliminate debilitating and potentially fatal mitochondrial diseases that are passed on from mother to child. source

Surgeon data; move for NHS

The first wave of new performance data for individual surgeons in England is being published in what is being hailed as a historic moment for the NHS. source

O3b space constellation to launch

With backing from blue chip companies such as Google, O3b believes its novel system can change the broadband experience for millions of people. "There are two billion people in the world that are connected to the internet today; there are five billion who are not; and three billion who will be in the course of the next 10-15 years," said Mr Collar. "The other three billion is our target - that's who we're trying to reach, and that's where our name comes from." source

WHO urges information sharing over novel coronavirus

NCoV is from the same family of viruses as the one that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Sars. source

Oxford carbon emissions tested

Specialist equipment has shone an infrared beam across the road to detect which gasses are in exhaust fumes. source

China, Russia make headway in cooperation

As Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli is visiting Saint Petersburg, Russia, for an international economic forum, China National Petroleum Corporation CNPC and the Russian oil giant Rosneft on Friday signed a long-term agreement for oil deliveries with an estimated value of 270 billion U.S. dollars, a good progress made in energy cooperation between the two neighboring countries. source

Diabetes: Excess deaths well down, study indicates

The extra risk of dying for people with diabetes has fallen sharply since the mid 1990s, research suggests source

Egypt's revolution inspires tech start-ups

Egypt's swelling mass of young, educated, and enlightened graduates are now working on changing the future of a nation byte by byte, not just brick by brick. source

Highly effective method for converting CO2 into methanol

Researchers have been looking for a way to convert carbon dioxide into methanol in a single step using energy-efficient processes for years. source

Designing a better home for refugee children

Many of the shelters currently used in refugee camps often have a life span of as little as six months before the impact of sun, rain and wind means they need to be replaced. However, refugees usually stay in camps for several years. source  

Scientists create first 3D digital brain

In all, 80 billion neurons have been captured in this painstaking process which took 10 years to complete. source

Largest ever UK disaster response for Syria crisis

Largest ever UK disaster response for Syria crisis - Press releases - Inside Government - GOV.UK . David Cameron announces £175 million in humanitarian aid for the Syrian crisis. Prime Minister David Cameron today set out the largest single funding commitment ever made by the UK in response to a humanitarian disaster, as he announced a £175 million emergency package for the Syrian crisis. But the Prime Minister warned that the international community as a whole must now follow this lead. He called for: aid agencies to be given the unrestricted access they need to save lives in Syria a reduction in violence and a negotiated solution to the conflict the international community to follow the UK’s lead in committing to and providing long term funding a clear, UN-led focus on the most vulnerable in this crisis, particularly girls and women the UN to actively take the lead in planning and setting out a strategic, long-term response The new funding, which the Prime Minister announce

Naked mole-rat gives cancer clues

Lab studies show the skin cells of the naked mole-rat are high in a natural sugary substance that stops tumours developing. source

G8 leaders agree tax evasion measures

Governments agreed to give each other automatic access to information on their residents tax affairs. source

Taliban opens Doha office

The US is to open direct peace talks with the Taliban after more than 10 years of war in Afghanistan, senior White House officials announce. source

Room to Read

We are on track to reach 10 million children by the year 2015, and you can help us get there. In a world with 793 million illiterate people?2/3 of whom are women and girls?the time to act is now. source

True cost of Britain's wind farm industry revealed

A new analysis of government and industry figures shows that wind turbine owners received 1.2billion in the form of a consumer subsidy, paid by a supplement on electricity bills last year. They employed 12,000 people, to produce an effective £100,000 subsidy on each job. source

Google Balloon Project Gets Off The Ground

Google has unveiled plans to provide the internet to the billions who cannot currently access the web – using balloons circling the globe. source  

Google Balloon Project Gets Off The Ground

Google has unveiled plans to provide the internet to the billions who cannot currently access the web - using balloons circling the globe. source  

UNICEF - UNICEF's corporate partnerships - Major corporate partners

Below is a list of corporations and Foundations;who partnered with UNICEF;in 2011 with contributions valued over US$100,000. source

Meet our Partners | WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

Partners from the private sector support WFP projects in over 80% of the countries where we work; saving lives and reducing hunger across the globe. WFP thanks all partners who continue to commit time and resources to help us fight hunger worldwide. source

Wild Weather: Met Office Calls Urgent Talks

The Met Office is to hold an unprecedented meeting of experts next week to try and work out the cause of unseasonal weather in recent years. source

Food Revolution | ONE

Tell world leaders to put global nutrition at the top of their agenda. source

BBC News - Modem to improve African net access

The device combines rugged design with a range of connectivity options, switching between wi-fi, 3G and fixed broadband. source

Game changing; cancer database pushes fight against disease forward - Health News - Health; Families - The Independent

Data from tissue and tumour samples, information from breast, bowel and cervical cancer screening programmes and radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment results will all be available in one place. The database will be updated monthly with information from every acute NHS trust. source

Office for National Statistics (ONS)


Global Hunger: Government Pledges Extra £375m

He said: "When people are dying, we don't believe in finding excuses. We believe in trying to do something about it ... and that makes me proud to be British." source

Cat and goldfish disappear after scientists develop 'Harry Potter invisibility cloak' which makes objects vanish by bending light - Science - News - The Independent

The cloak, which was developed by scientists at Nanyan Technological University in Singapore, uses panels of glass to make objects invisible by bending light around them. source