This Week’s Top 10 (7/29/07-8/4/07)

  1. Eight Americans graduate in boost for Cuban health care from the Guardian [UK]

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    Eight American students have graduated from a Cuban medical school after six years of free tuition, giving a fresh boost to the reputation of the communist government’s health care system.

    The Americans were among more than 2,100 students from about 25 countries who received diplomas this week in a high-profile ceremony at Havana’s Karl Marx theatre. The six women and two men, all from US ethnic minority backgrounds, said they would use their skills to treat poor people, in keeping with the humanitarian ethos of the school.

    When I was thinking about med school, I seriously considered Cuba. Free schooling vs. $100-250K of debt. Seems like a no-brainer to me, especially if you’re interested in working with underserved populations or doing humanitarian work.

  2. Nigerian global warming spam: Part 1 and Part 2 from How the World Works

    I classify this under ways to tell that global warming consciousness/activism has reached a tipping point.

  3. That Mayor Bloomberg is not as hard-core as Dukakis (about public transportation that is).
    Mayor Takes the Subway — by Way of S.U.V. from the NYTimes

    He is public transportation’s loudest cheerleader, boasting that he takes the subway “virtually every day.”

    On mornings that he takes the subway from home, Mr. Bloomberg is picked up at his Upper East Side town house by a pair of king-size [FlexFuel ] Chevrolet Suburbans. The mayor is driven 22 blocks to the subway station at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue, where he can board an express train to City Hall. His drivers zip past his neighborhood station, a local subway stop a five-minute walk away.

    In case you’re wondering, he takes the downtown 4 from 59th Street to City Hall.

  4. “Madonna’s not our saviour” from Africa Unchained
    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s comments “on western perceptions of Africa in the media and its celebritization”.
  5. FAQ: A concentrated power boost for solar energy from CNET

    Concentrating solar power, which has been around for decades, is one of the most promising techniques being tried today to make solar electricity more cost effective.

  6. Navajo nation at odds over coal-plant plan from Grist

    Members of the Navajo nation are at odds over a plan to build a $3 billion, 1,500-megawatt coal-fired power plant on reservation land in New Mexico.

    [W]orried opponents, both within and outside the Navajo nation, say the project will pose health risks to those who live nearby, while adding to global warming. The reservation is already home to one coal-fired plant that, along with another plant nearby, has made its air among the worst in New Mexico

  7. Better late than never: India talks about tackling climate change from the Economist

    PERHAPS it was the prospect of monsoon flooding of the kind that has left 800 dead on the Indian subcontinent this month. Or maybe the push came from another of the recent dire predictions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—for example, that the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Indus could become seasonal rivers by 2035. Whatever the reason, India has decided to formulate a policy on climate change.

  8. In Central America, child migrants now face perils alone from Christian Science Monitor

    Youths are increasingly making the risky journey through Mexico to the US without parents.

  9. Merrill Lynch bullish on Africa from iPienso

    Merrill Lynch is bullish on the long-term investment opportunities in Africa due to the region’s bountiful natural and human resources.

  10. Oswaldo Cruz Foundation and Genzyme Corporation Form Collaboration To Advance New Drugs for Neglected Diseases from CNN Money

    The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) and Genzyme Corp. today announced that they have formed a research collaboration to advance new treatments for certain neglected diseases. The partners will focus initially on Chagas disease, a life-threatening infectious disease affecting millions of people in Latin America.

    via Yianni G.

    FYI: The Genzyme Center in Cambridge received a platinum LEED Rating, the highest environmental rating from U.S. Green Building Council. (Read more + see pics)