Supermalaria is On the Way (Scientific American)
Thanks to aggressive malaria battling efforts, the disease’s death toll has been slowly decreasing over the past few years. But now, researchers are seeing a drug-resistant strain spreading across Southeast Asia, which may pose a global health threat, if it reaches Africa.
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Antibiotics Use in Farm Animals Drops First Time In Eight Years (Modern Farmer)
In about mid-last century, antibiotics became an integral part of animal farming to stave off infections and also to fatten up cattle—a worrisome trend that could lead to superbugs, and health problems, experts warned. The recent FDA report shows that between 2015 and 2016, there was a 10 percent decrease in the purchase of antibiotics for farm animals. Has the trend finally reversed itself?
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To Test for Climate Disasters Engineers Break, Burn, and Throw Stuff (The New York Times)
Since the 1970s, natural disasters have caused more than $1.7 trillion in damages, and the numbers are expected to increase due to extreme weather events related to climate change. In order to properly insure against calamities, insurance companies are hiring engineers to break and burn things—to understand how natural disasters destroy man-made structures.
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