Piggy in the middle: Backing the right horse in China vs USA

Piggy in the middle: Backing the right horse in China vs USA

The focus of global geo-political power sits squarely within the Asia-Pacific region, but China’s rise has resulted in face-off with the United States. Canadian foreign policy has three main options in light of China’s rise to dominance: pivot to China, place itself equidistance between Beijing and Washington, or align with the US strategy. Professor Kenneth Holland of O.P. Jindal Global […]

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How to behave in sloth bear territory

Sloth bears are considered to be one of the most dangerous mammals in India.

Sloth bears are considered to be one of the most dangerous mammals in India. The number of sloth bear attacks annually rivals and may even exceed the total number of all bear attacks from the seven other extant bear species combined. Communities sharing their environment with these bears need clear-cut advice on how to behave to avoid bears and what […]

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Genetically modified cotton: How has it changed India?

The aim of introducing Bt cotton to India was to reduce the amount of insecticide needed in farming cotton.

Nearly two decades ago, a genetically modified type of cotton, known as Bt cotton, was introduced to India to reduce farmers’ insecticide use. Today, researchers want to understand the effects that the introduction of this new cotton crop has had on Indian farmers. Using advanced statistical methods, Professor Ian Plewis from the University of Manchester investigates the effect of Bt cotton on […]

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Engineers’ pre-eminent role: An account of six decades in the industry

Engineers’ pre-eminent role: An account of six decades in the industry

Prof Sudhangsu Chakraborty’s book takes us on a very personal journey, detailing his life and work. His life story serves to highlight the pre-eminent role that engineers play in society. Engineers bridge the gap between art and science, often creating artifacts that are technically innovative but also become landmarks. Chakraborty points out the importance of engineers playing a role in […]

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Science and Oslerian friendship support therapeutic caring of the neglected in India and China

Laughter may actually diminish pain.

Professor Terence Ryan, dermatologist and Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College in Oxford, UK, is currently mentoring two studies that explore how friendship can impact on health and wellbeing. Both programmes centre on the principles of William Osler, who maintained that science (a care technology) and humanity (a care attitude) must work together holistically, and they demonstrate that friendliness can […]

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Family-based interventions can help to prevent cardiovascular disease

Family-based interventions can help to prevent cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the leading cause of death worldwide, but the number of deaths are disproportionately higher in low- and middle-income countries. Lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol have well-understood links to CVD. Fortunately, risks from these factors can be modified through lifestyle interventions. However, lifestyle interventions at the individual level often fail to produce desirable […]

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