Superbugs 1, The World 0

World leaders have committed US$790m to fighting superbugs. These are infectious diseases that dont respond to treatment using antibiotics an essential defence against infections after surgery. They are also essential in complex treatment programmes, such as chemotherapy. But antibiotics are being misused. They are often wrongly prescribed for viral diseases, such as the flu, and they are increasingly used...

Bloodthirsty terrorists and duplicitous spies: does TV have a Muslim problem?

President Obama has called for Muslim characters who arent related to national security, so where are they and why cant US television seem to get it right?In a speech at a mosque in Baltimore, Maryland, yesterday, President Obama declared that our TV shows should have Muslim characters that are unrelated to national security. As with anything that Obama says...

Hollywood? It’s finished, claims Oscar-winning director who fled to New York

Paul Haggis, who depicted LAs racist underbelly in Crash, says Harvey Weinstein scandal is another sign of the film capitals need for radical changeA change of the old order in Hollywood is long overdue, according to Paul Haggis, the Oscar-winning film-maker behind the hit films Crash and Million Dollar Baby. The Canadian screenwriter and director said many of the...

Why Affordable Housing Doesn’t Get Built

Housing developers – whether they specialize in market-rate properties or affordable housing – face tremendous hurdles in getting projects off the ground in California. “There’s probably a hundred challenges,” says Cynthia Parker, the president  and chief executive officer of BRIDGE Housing, a nonprofit housing developer based in San Francisco. See More Stories in Capital & Main’s Affordable Housing Series Material...

Jays And Crows Help Forests Grow

The way birds hoard seeds for winter helps forests regenerate, a new paper has argued. Crows and jays are ecosystem engineers, allowing trees to colonize territory made newly habitable by climate change or retake areas destroyed by fire or clearfelling. Corvids, the bird group that includes crows, ravens and jays, are known to be exceptionally smart.Their most important...

Donald Trump rages at ‘dumb deal’ with Australia over refugee resettlement – live

US president says he will review Obama-era agreement to take up to 1,250 refugees from Australian detention camps on Nauru and ManusRead more: www.theguardian.com