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Krijn Paaijmans

Death Penalty for Mosquitoes


Mosquitoes are the biggest killers of humans on this planet. They transmit deadly diseases such as malaria, dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and West Nile virus. And therefore they deserve the death penalty. As swatting all of them would be quite an impossible task, we use insecticides to...

Tom Cole-hunter

Air Pollution: Should I Wear a Mask in the City?

Policy & Global Development

Some of us may have seen (or are ourselves) people wearing face masks when moving through the city. In 2012, US athletes arrived in Beijing for the Olympic Games wearing face-fitted air filtration masks (termed respirators ) to avoid an expected short-term drop in exercise performance...

Laia Segura

Paris Climate Meeting: Would We Be Able to Influence the Negotiations While Being just Observers?

Policy & Global Development

There exists a clear division between COP Participants: either you are a party of the convention (a distinguished delegate from a state that has ratified the mandate of the UNFCCC) or you are an observer, or a media rapporteur. I believe it is worth mentioning that I am from the second group....

Premios Nobel de Fisiología o Medicina 2015

  • Adolfo Martínez

    Mao, Chinese Traditional Medicine and the 2015 Nobel Prize

    Mao Zedong himself ordered the creation of a secret research program called Project 523 with the goal of drawing from traditional Chinese medicine to develop a drug that could be immediately used to combat malaria In the mid-twentieth century, at the height of the Vietnam war, an enemy common...

  • Adolfo Martínez

    The Nobel Prize and the “Morados de Chiapas”

    In 1923, the son of a German coffee-grower that resided in Chiapas developed a mysterious skin disease. He was taken to Germany, to the Institute of Tropical and Naval Research in Hamburg, where he was diagnosed with onchocerciasis. This was the first news on the existence of the disease in...

Quique Bassat

Speeding Towards a World Without Yaws


Yaws (also known as pian ) is one of those rare diseases never mentioned even once in the classrooms of medical schools in this country. As is often the case with tropical diseases, our neglect of yaws is disproportionate to the harm it causes. Worldwide, almost 80 million people are exposed...

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