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Libya: Health System in a State of Hidden Crisis
[MSF] Libya's once-efficient health system is in a state of crisis. Hospitals are closed, or else struggle to function because of a lack of experienced medical staff and shortages of essential medicines and equipment, in particular insulin and dialysis equipment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 21, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Libya: Health system in a state of hidden crisis
Despite the serious deterioration of the country's health system, very few aid organisations are following MSF's lead and providing help. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - March 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Rob Source Type: news

MSF UK Director: We strongly condemn UK pressure to push refugees back to Libya with gunboats
MSF today strongly condemns the UK plan to use gunboats to force would-be refugees back to Libya. The director of MSF in the UK, Vickie Hawkins, made this statement in response. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - March 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Nick Source Type: news

Shortages threaten patients in Libya's Benghazi: minister
TUNIS (Reuters) - Acute shortages of medicines, equipment and staff are putting patients at risk in Libya's battle-scarred eastern city of Benghazi, the health minister said on Friday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Libya: Fear of Violence, Robbery Deters Libya's Refugees From Seeking Healthcare
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Many refugees and migrants in Libya are not seeking needed healthcare as they fear being caught up in conflict between warring factions or detained, robbed or kidnapped at official and fake checkpoints, an aid agency said on Wednesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 25, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: Politicizing the 'Rule Of Law' in China -- And the U.S.
Ironies abound. While America is engaged in a bitter partisan battle during this election season over who will control the "non-partisan" U.S. Supreme Court, China's Communist Party authorities are arresting lawyers in the name of establishing the "rule of law." The politicization of America's highest court will play itself out over the coming months, potentially leading to a constitutional crisis if the Republican-dominated Senate resists timely confirmation of President Obama's nominee. The framers of the U.S. Constitution created a Supreme Court that was independent from the political branches of go...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 20, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Conflict zone: all in the line of duty
  Warnings about the humanitarian crisis in Syria by a British surgeon went unheeded until millions fled and thousands died. However, the destruction, horror and danger did not prevent his bid to save lives. Tammy Lovell reports When humanitarian disasters hit, doctors and medical staff are often first on the scene before the media and the eyes of the world cast their glare. These people may be regarded by the public as heroes, but many of them see it as no more than their duty as medics to help the sick and injured. One such doctor is London consultant surgeon David Nott, who has been volunteering in conflict zones ...
Source: BMA News - February 9, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: The Pope Blesses China
Many seem to fear the rise of China as a challenge to the West. Not Pope Francis. In a remarkable interview published this week in Asia Times, he takes the long view, transcending contemporary geopolitics and embracing the return of the Middle Kingdom's ancient civilization to the global stage as enriching for us all. "For me, China has always been a reference point of greatness," the pontiff was quoted as saying. "A great country. But more than a country, a great culture, with an inexhaustible wisdom." It was the first time in 2,000 years that a pope had extended greetings on the Lunar New Year to a Ch...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 6, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: The Bitter Fruits of the Arab Spring
The tragic outcome of the Arab Spring doesn't get any less bitter with time. The repercussions of that pan-Arab rebellion five years ago are still traumatizing the region and the world. As Amira Yahyaoui wrote from Tunis earlier this month, even in Tunisia a counterrevolutionary narrative of "it was better before" is taking hold as virulent protests against the lack of jobs have erupted. Egypt has gone from repressive autocracy to revolt to democratic elections back to repressive autocracy. The self-described Islamic State is establishing bases in the post-Gaddafi vacuum in Libya. Assad's ruthless resistance to ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 30, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: The Bitter Fruits of the Arab Spring
The tragic outcome of the Arab Spring doesn't get any less bitter with time. The repercussions of that pan-Arab rebellion five years ago are still traumatizing the region and the world. As Amira Yahyaoui wrote from Tunis earlier this month, even in Tunisia a counterrevolutionary narrative of "it was better before" is taking hold as virulent protests against the lack of jobs have erupted. Egypt has gone from repressive autocracy to revolt to democratic elections back to repressive autocracy. The self-described Islamic State is establishing bases in the post-Gaddafi vacuum in Libya. Assad's ruthless resistance to t...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 30, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Libya: '2 Million Libyans Cannot Wait for Political Solution' to Conflict'
[UN News] With a political deal among Libya's numerous factions in flux, some $50 million is urgently needed to meet the life-saving needs of nearly 2 million people in crisis-torn country, as the conflict lingers and the yearlong peace process has again hit stumbling blocks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 29, 2016 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Libya conflict lingers leaving nearly 2 million in need of health care
WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan and WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan speak at the briefing on Libya27 January 2016 – As Libya’s yearlong peace talks aimed at establishing a unity government stall again, the lives of millions of people needing urgent health care linger in the balance. WHO and health partners require a total of US$ 50 million in 2016 to meet the urgent life-saving needs of nearly 2 million people. Speaking at a special briefing on Libya in Geneva, Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain, WHO Representative for Libya, urged, “We cannot wait for a political solution...
Source: WHO EMRO News - January 27, 2016 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Libya conflict lingers leaving nearly 2 million in need of health care
27 January 2016 – As Libya’s yearlong peace talks aimed at establishing a unity government stall again, the lives of millions of people needing urgent health care linger in the balance. WHO and health partners require a total of US$ 50 million in 2016 to meet the urgent life-saving nearly 2 million people. Speaking at a special briefing on Libya in Geneva, Dr Syed Jaffar Hussain, WHO Representative for Libya, urged, “We cannot wait for a political solution in order to respond, we need to act now. We need both financial resources and the international humanitarian community to step up efforts to help...
Source: WHO EMRO News - January 27, 2016 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Valletta Journal: On a Mediterranean Island, but Far From a Mediterranean Diet
On Malta, a tiny island between Italy and Libya where apples can cost more than stuffed pastries called pastizzi, residents are now the most overweight in the European Union. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JAMES KANTER Tags: Obesity European Union Weight Economic Conditions and Trends Longevity Exercise Malta Diet and Nutrition Source Type: news

Valletta Journal: On a Mediterranean Island, but Far From a Mediterranean Diet
On Malta, a tiny island between Italy and Libya where apples can cost more than stuffed pastries called pastizzi, residents are now the most overweight in the European Union. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 21, 2015 Category: Nutrition Authors: JAMES KANTER Tags: Obesity European Union Weight Economic Conditions and Trends Longevity Exercise Malta Diet and Nutrition Source Type: news

The Libyan civil conflict: selected case series of orthopaedic trauma managed in Malta in 2014 - Ng C, Mifsud M, Borg JN, Mizzi C.
AIM: The purpose of this series of cases was to analyse our management of orthopaedic trauma casualties in the Libyan civil war crisis in the European summer of 2014. We looked at both damage control orthopaedics and for case variety of war trauma at a civ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - November 28, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Negotiating health and life: Syrian refugees and the politics of access in Lebanon - Parkinson SE, Behrouzan O.
In the context of ongoing armed conflicts in Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Iraq, it is vital to foster nuanced understandings of the relationship between health, violence, and everyday life in the Middle East and North Africa. In this article, we explore how he... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

The One Thing 'Back To The Future II' Could Never Predict
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Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

8 Popular 'Back To The Future' Lies You Need To Stop Believing
Great Scott! "Back to the Future" day is here! After 30 years of waiting from the first film, and tons of hoaxes, Oct. 21, 2015, aka the day Marty travels to in "Back to the Future Part II," has finally arrived. Fans are planning celebrations all over, and there's even a new "Back to the Future" 30th Anniversary Trilogy Blu-ray, which "BTTF" writer Bob Gale revealed has a ton of bonus features, including an explanation of why our 2015 isn't like the one in the movie. Gale tells The Huffington Post he and co-creator Robert Zemeckis put so many details in the movie to gi...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 21, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

5,000 People, 5,000 Stories: Alhassane Zaharia
Voice from the Field5,000 People, 5,000 Stories: Alhassane Zaharia October 14, 2015 Alhassane Zaharia, Benin - 17 years old "In school in Benin we learned about the map of the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, America. But how could we know that Italy was so far away? In Libya they lied to us. They said Italy is seven hours away from the Libyan shore. We had no choice but to believe them. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - October 14, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news

Beyond the Rescue: Saving a Life Means Preserving a Story
VideoBeyond the Rescue: Saving a Life Means Preserving a Story October 14, 2015 Four months since the Dignity I search and rescue ship sailed from Barcelona to Sicily and then into a search and rescue zone 30 miles of the Libyan coast, the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team onboard have saved more than 5,000 people from dying in the Mediterranean Sea. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - October 14, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jess Brown Source Type: news

Introducing the Iron Sisters Campaign: Women Empowering Women Through STEM and Business
History teaches us that beneath every glass ceiling is an iron woman, and iron is stronger than glass, especially when one iron woman joins forces with many. I am proud to announce the Iron Sisters Campaign, a movement that will bring together women from around the world who are pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, (STEM) and business to support each other --- learn from each other, encourage each other, and celebrate each other's success to pave the way for future generations of women to succeed in these fields. Working together -- Iron Sisters -- we can eliminate the stereotypes and remove ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 14, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mediterranean crisis: “They are people, not numbers"
Stories of people fleeing Libya from MSF's emergency coordinator onboard our search and rescue ship, the Bourbon Argos. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - September 25, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Rob Source Type: news

The New York Times Magazine: Desperate Crossing
In the NewsThe New York Times Magazine: Desperate Crossing September 03, 2015 A photo story reported from onboard the Bourbon Argos explores MSF's rescue operations in the Mediterranean and the plight of people crossing in crowded, unseaworthy boats from Libya. View external media. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - September 3, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tim Shenk Source Type: news

MSF Trains Tunisian Fishermen in Saving Lives at Sea
Field newsMSF Trains Tunisian Fishermen in Saving Lives at Sea August 31, 2015 In order to increase Tunisian fishermen’s capacity to carry out rescues at sea, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has carried out a six-day training course with 116 local fishermen in the town of Zarzis. MSF is also training the Tunisian and Libyan Red Crescents, the Tunisian Civil Protection Service, and the Tunisian National Guard in the management of dead bodies and how to receive people who are rescued and brought to shore. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - August 31, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Melissa Pracht Source Type: news

New York Times: At Least 150 Migrants Feared Dead After Boat Sinks Off Libya
In the NewsNew York Times: At Least 150 Migrants Feared Dead After Boat Sinks Off Libya August 28, 2015 Foued Gamoudi describes the aftermath of a boat that wrecked trying to reach Europe from Libya. View external media. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - August 28, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Tim Shenk Source Type: news

Libya: In Libya's Desert South, a Town Fends for Itself
[IRIN] Ubari -Civilians in the oasis town of Ubari in southern Libya are trapped in a conflict that has cut them off from the outside world. Supplies and aid are almost non-existent, the hospital barely functions and the wounded often die of their injuries before they can get the assistance they need. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 28, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: Fate of Iran Deal Twists in the Wind
In the dog days of late summer in the northern hemisphere, the fate of the deal that would curb Iran's capacity to produce nuclear weapons twists in the wind. The ongoing uncertainty has revealed just how hard it is for U.S. President Barack Obama to establish his authority over the U.S. Congress and America's allies. The robust public debate over the controversial deal in Iran also reveals it is a much more open society than its Arab counterparts in the region. Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former head of the foreign relations committee of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, envisions a new era of relations between Ira...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 22, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

MSF Rescuers Pull People Out of Mediterranean Sea
VideoMSF Rescuers Pull People Out of Mediterranean Sea August 12, 2015 On August 5, 2015, a boat holding an estimated 600 people capsized off the coast of Libya. Rescuers from the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) search and rescue vessel the Dignity I picked up survivors from the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Read More: Latest Tragedy at Sea Highlights Urgent Need for Increased Rescue Capacity in the Mediterranean (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - August 12, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Emergency Rescue in the Mediterranean
VideoEmergency Rescue in the Mediterranean August 07, 2015 "We are seeing three boats...people swimming in the water," the project coordinator for the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) search and rescue vessel Dignity I reported on August 5, 2015. A boat holding an estimated 600 people had capsized off the coast of Libya. Among those people struggling to survive was a Palestinian family and their one-year-old daughter. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - August 7, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Silence on the Suez
Egypt is abuzz with Suez fever. On Thursday, world leaders will visit, pop singers will perform, and the world's largest flag spanning twelve kilometers will be unfurled during inauguration celebrations for the New Suez Canal. Thirty-five kilometers of new channels have been dug parallel to the old, and existing channels have been dredged to accommodate larger ships travelling between Asia and Europe. Ship wait time will decrease by eight hours. Annual revenues are projected to increase from $1.5 to $4 billion. And the ambitious project was completed in just one year. But in contrast to the fanfare over the completed cons...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 5, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Libya: Medical needs increase as conflict intensifies
Tensions are rising in eastern Libya and, as a result, medical needs are increasing. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - July 3, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Nick Source Type: news

Libya: Ongoing Conflict Complicates Provision of Aid
Field newsLibya: Ongoing Conflict Complicates Provision of Aid July 01, 2015 Tensions are rising in eastern Libya and medical needs are increasing in turn. Fighting in the region has now expanded beyond the city of Benghazi, which has been the scene of armed confrontations for more than a year, to Derna, the stronghold of the so-called Islamic State (IS) in the area, where clashes started three weeks ago. This violence has strained the health care system and triggered population displacement, including more than 2,000 families who are now seeking sanctuary in Benghazi. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - July 1, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Mediterranean migrants: MSF rescues 732 people in one day
The Bourbon Argos, deployed by MSF, received 732 people on 19 June from multiple rescues in the search and rescue zone of the Mediterranean, north of Libya. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - July 1, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Nick Source Type: news

From Eritrea to Mediterranean: "A Lot of Trouble"
VideoFrom Eritrea to Mediterranean: "A Lot of Trouble" June 30, 2015 Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) rescued 345 people jammed into a small smuggler's boat crossing the Mediterranean on June 19. One man who escaped from Eritrea and risked his life to get from Libya to Italy tells his story. Read more about MSF's sea rescue operations here. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - June 30, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Libya: Italy - MSF Provides Psychological First Aid to Survivors of Fatal Sea Crossing
[MSF] On Sunday 31 May, a team from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provided emergency psychological support at the port of Augusta to 18 out of 454 migrants who had been rescued at sea trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya over the weekend. 17 of the passengers brought to Augusta were already dead before being rescued, due to asphyxiation from inhaling gasoline vapour during an engine breakdown. The 18 people receiving counselling from MSF's psychological first aid team were deeply traumatiz (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 4, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

MSF Provides Psychological First Aid to Mediterranean Survivors
Field newsMSF Provides Psychological First Aid to Mediterranean Survivors June 02, 2015 On Sunday, May 31, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams provided emergency psychological support to 18 out of 454 migrants at the port of Augusta who had been rescued at sea after trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya over the weekend. Seventeen of the passengers brought to Augusta had already died before being rescued due to asphyxiation from inhaling gasoline vapor during an engine breakdown. The 18 who received counseling from MSF’s psychological first-aid team w...
Source: MSF News - June 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Migrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: "They See No Other Way"
Voice from the FieldMigrant Crisis in the Mediterranean: "They See No Other Way" May 26, 2015 Heading for waters off the Libyan coast aboard the rescue ship MY Phoenix, on which Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is working in partnership with MOAS, doctor Erna Rijnierse describes her work caring for migrants and refugees rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 26, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Elias Primoff Source Type: news

Africa: Governments Take Decisive Step Towards More Affordable Vaccines
[MSF] Governments meeting in Geneva for the annual World Health Assembly raised the alarm today on the exorbitant rise in the price to vaccinate a child, and took a decisive step towards addressing the problem by passing a resolution which called for more affordable vaccines and greater transparency of vaccine prices. The resolution was adopted by all member states, with more than 60 countries - including Algeria, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Lebanon, Libya, Ecuador, Egypt, Indonesia, Niger, Nigeria, South Afric (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 26, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: MSF and Moas Rescue 369 People On First Outing
[MSF] Malta -This weekend more than 6,000 people were rescued in several operations on the Mediterranean Sea while making the treacherous crossing from Libya to Europe. Three hundred and sixty nine of those were rescued by the MY Phoenix, a search and rescue vessel run in partnership by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station). Early Monday morning an additional 104 people were rescued with the assistance of the MY Phoenix team and transferred onto a commercial vessel. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 4, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

MSF and MOAS Save Hundreds of People in Mediterranean
Press releaseMSF and MOAS Save Hundreds of People in Mediterranean May 04, 2015 More than 6,000 people making a treacherous crossing from Libya to Europe were rescued over the weekend in several operations in the Mediterranean Sea, among them 369 people rescued May 3 by a search and rescue vessel run in partnership by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS). (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - May 4, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Editorial Intern Source Type: news

Armed opposition groups and the right to exercise control over public natural resources: a legal analysis of the cases of Libya and Syria - Jong DD.
This article examines whether international law provides a legal basis for the exploitation of natural resources by armed opposition groups. This issue is particularly pertinent in light of the ongoing armed conflict in Syria--and the 2011 armed conflict i... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 10, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Women have ‘very important role’ in Libyan peace process, says UN envoy
Libyan women have a crucial role to play in resolving the crisis in their country, a senior United Nations official said in an address to 250 Libyan women gathered in Tripoli, at a dialogue aimed at including women from all walks of life in the political process. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - April 9, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

U.N.’s Next Stop: Humanitarian Summit to Resolve Exploding Refugee Crisis
Billions of dollars of humanitarian aid pledged last year have been used to provide food, medical relief and other life-saving support to millions of Syrian families. Credit: Beshr Abdulhadi/CC-BY-2.0By Thalif DeenKUWAIT CITY, Apr 2 2015 (IPS)As the world’s spreading humanitarian crisis threatens to spill beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq into Libya and Yemen, the United Nations is already setting its sights on the first World Humanitarian Summit scheduled to take place in Istanbul next year.“Let us make the response to the Syria crisis a launching pad for a new, truly global partnership for h...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 2, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Thalif Deen Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Civil Society Conferences Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Education Europe Featured Food & Agriculture Global Global Geopolitics Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights Humani Source Type: news

Create UN military unit to protect ancient sites from Isis, says Italy
World’s archaeological heritage needs protection by UN ‘blue helmets of culture’ force akin to peacekeepers, says culture minister Dario Franceschini Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 19, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Rosie Scammell Tags: Archaeology Culture Heritage Science Islamic State Iraq Middle East and North Africa World news Italy Europe Syria United Nations Libya Unesco Source Type: news

Amid chaos of Libya, newly unearthed fossils give clues to our own evolution
A discovery of mammal fossils uncovered in the Zallah Oasis in the Sirt Basin of central Libya date back to the early Oligocene, between about 30 and 31 million years ago. Working in the Zallah Oasis in Libya's Sirt Basin -- an area that has "sporadically" produced fossil vertebrates since the 1960s -- the team discovered a highly diverse and unique group of fossil mammals dating to the Oligocene, the final epoch of the Paleogene period, a time marked by a broad diversity of animals that would seem strange to us today, but also development of species critical to human evolution. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 9, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Amid chaos of Libya, newly unearthed fossils give clues to our own evolution
(University of Kansas) Christopher Beard and his team have just published a discovery of mammal fossils uncovered in the Zallah Oasis in the Sirt Basin of central Libya. The fossils date back to the early Oligocene, between about 30 and 31 million years ago. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 9, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Isis vandalism has Libya fearing for its cultural treasures
With five World Heritage sites and historical remains stretching back to before Roman times, archaeologists worry a unique legacy may be lost Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 7, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Patrick Kingsley Tags: Libya Islamic State (Isis) Heritage Iraq Archaeology Culture Middle East and North Africa Science World news Source Type: news

Loving Earth Can Sometimes Require Leaving It
It’s a good thing you can’t see human suffering in infrared wavelengths. That kind of pain is something seen in the visible, felt in the viscera. If it showed up in the infrared it would mean that with the right instruments, you could see it from space, and that would change everything. There’s not a person who’s ever left the planet who hasn’t commented on the transcendent beauty of the blue, green, white Earth hanging in what otherwise appears to be a void. But what if Syria glowed scarlet like the open wound it is? What if West Africa went dark and cold to reflect the Ebola deaths that are ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - February 23, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Kluger Tags: Uncategorized apollo 13 Apollo-Soyuz Muhammed Yunus NASA Ron Garan space The Orbital Perspective Source Type: news

Conflict on the Surface: An Excerpt from The Orbital Perspective
During my half year in space, I was moved by many other views of Earth from the windows of the space station besides the India-Pakistan border. One such scene occurred while we passed over the Mediterranean Sea. I was struck by the contrast of colors, the dark blue of the sea against the bright tans and reds of northern Africa, all framed by the curvature of Earth and its paper-thin atmosphere. I quickly grabbed a camera and started snapping away. As it happened, Libya was framed within the picture, which I took on August 24, 2011, the day that Tripoli fell during the Libyan Civil War. Looking at the photo, I found myself ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 18, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news