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Feb 13, 2023

Electric buses are driving a silent revolution in Nairobi

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, energy, policy, sustainability, transportation

Electric buses could help solve the problem. Today Bhattacharya is the CEO and co-founder of BasiGo, a mobility startup racing to electrify the city’s buses. The company is not alone. Swedish-Kenyan electric vehicle manufacturer Roam also has its eyes set on Nairobi’s mass transport sector. Both are rolling out fleets of buses this year that could mark the start of a new chapter for city’s famous matatu culture.

During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in Nairobi, Kenya, something improbable happened: a mountain appeared. To curb the transmission of the virus, authorities called on the city’s thousands of private bus operators to cease trading. “Within three days, the air completely cleared,” recalls entrepreneur Jit Bhattacharya. “You could see Mount Kenya … crystal clear,” some 90 miles away.

Bhattacharya also saw an opportunity. Kenya produces 90% of its electricity from renewable sources – mostly geothermal and hydropower – and has surplus grid capacity, yet it imports nearly all its petroleum fuels. What if clean energy could be channeled into the transport sector? Maybe it could help the city clean up its act. Maybe Mount Kenya could become a permanent feature for Nairobi once more.

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Feb 10, 2023

Dr. Sandeep Patel, Ph.D. — BARDA — Developing Effective Life-Saving Medical Countermeasures For All

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, bioengineering, biological, biotech/medical, chemistry, government, health, nanotechnology, policy, security, terrorism

Is Director of the Division of Research, Innovation and Ventures (DRIVe — at the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) office responsible for the procurement and development of medical countermeasures, principally against bioterrorism, including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) threats, as well as pandemic influenza and emerging diseases.

Dr. Patel is committed to advancing high-impact science, building new products, and launching collaborative programs and initiatives with public and private organizations to advance human health and wellness. As the DRIVe Director, Dr. Patel leads a dynamic team built to tackle complex national health security threats by rapidly developing and deploying innovative technologies and approaches that draw from a broad range of disciplines.

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Feb 7, 2023

Monica Medina, Assistant U.S. Secretary, Oceans & International Environmental & Scientific Affairs

Posted by in categories: law, policy, security, sustainability

Monica P. Medina ( is Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She was also recently appointed as United States Special Envoy for Biodiversity and Water Resources.

Previously, Secretary Medina was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She was also a Senior Associate on the Stephenson Ocean Security Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Co-Founder and Publisher of Our Daily Planet, an e-newsletter on conservation and the environment.

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Jan 31, 2023

U.S. Marines Outsmart AI Security Cameras

Posted by in categories: military, policy, robotics/AI

United States Marines outsmarted artificially intelligent (AI) security cameras by hiding in a cardboard box and standing behind trees.

Former Pentagon policy analyst Paul Scharre has recalled the story in his upcoming book Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.

Jan 26, 2023

Book Event: The Fragile Balance of Terror: Deterrence in the Nuclear Age

Posted by in categories: existential risks, military, nuclear energy, policy

Please join the Project on Nuclear Issues for a book launch event, featuring “The Fragile Balance of Terror: Deterrence in the Nuclear Age.”

In The Fragile Balance of Terror, edited by Vipin Narang and Scott Sagan, the foremost experts on nuclear policy and strategy offer insight into an era rife with more nuclear powers. Some of these new powers suffer domestic instability, others are led by pathological personalist dictators, and many are situated in highly unstable regions of the world—a volatile mix of variables. The increasing fragility of deterrence in the twenty-first century is created by a confluence of forces: military technologies that create vulnerable arsenals, a novel information ecosystem that rapidly transmits both information and misinformation, nuclear rivalries that include three or more nuclear powers, and dictatorial decision making that encourages rash choices. The nuclear threats posed by India, Pakistan, Iran, and North Korea are thus fraught with danger.
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This event is made possible by general CSIS support.

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Jan 22, 2023

Artificial Intelligence & the Importance of Civics | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Posted by in categories: education, policy, robotics/AI

Developing new AI is dangerous. But not doing it is even riskier.

We need more civic education on artificial intelligence, says Eileen Donahoe.

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Jan 19, 2023

Dr. Rob Konrad presenting at Rejuvenation Startup Summit 2022

Posted by in categories: law, life extension, policy

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Jan 17, 2023

China’s population falls for the first time in over six decades

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, policy

The decline has come faster than the governments predicted. Will this change China’s stance?

Population in China has dipped for the first time in over 60 years, as per data released by the National Bureau of Statistics today. The country that had 1.41260 billion people in 2021 now has 1.41175 billion at the end of 2022. The small difference in decimals here is actually a difference of 850,000 people on the ground.

The decline in China’s population comes in the backdrop of the country reeling under an intense wave of COVID-19 infections after letting go of its ‘zero-COVID’ policy.

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Jan 15, 2023

NASA Captures Star Eaten

Posted by in categories: cosmology, ethics, policy

This is not investment advice. The author has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. has a disclosure and ethics policy. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has captured rare footage of a black hole eating up a start and creating a gas cloud that is as large as the solar system.

Jan 15, 2023

BMC, research in progress

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, policy

A pioneer of open access publishing, BMC has an evolving portfolio of high quality peer-reviewed journals including broad interest titles such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine, specialist journals such as Malaria Journal and Microbiome, and the BMC Series.

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