There is something that you and I both do 23,000 times each day. Breathe. Inhale life-sustaining oxygen, without which we’d only survive a handful of minutes. Breathing shouldn’t be a privilege. But it is. Around the world, pneumonia makes breathing impossible for too many…

NEW YORK—Exploring the role businesses can play tackling some of the world's thorniest challenges, the Bloomberg Global Business Forum is underway at the Plaza Hotel. Hosted during the UN General Assembly in New York, the forum convenes top government and business leaders…

The American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene is seeking applications from full-time postdoctoral fellows (PhD, MD degrees or the equivalent) posted at US or Canadian institutions for this international career opportunity who are focused on benefiting underserved…

The South Sudanese government announced plans to drastically increase permit fees for foreign aid workers, from $100 to $10,000—prompting pushback from a community gearing up to fight famine in the country.   The Quote: "No organization can afford this, and if NGOs go to…

In a win for open-access proponents, a year-long agreement between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science will allow Gates-funded scholars to publish research in Science and four other AAAS journals.  

This year’s annual letter from Bill and Melinda Gates is literally a letter—to their friend Warren Buffet who plowed most of his fortune into the Gates Foundation in 2006. The renowned investor asked them to reflect on the Foundation’s last 10 years.   They responded with…

"Philanthrocapitalism,” such as the $3 billion Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative to “cure, prevent, or manage all diseases by 2100,” seems motivated by generosity, but has implications for public health warn editor Jocalyn Clark and Linsey McGoey.

The Breakthrough Foundation treated more than a thousand scientists like rock stars last night, giving out $25 million in annual prize money.   Founded by Silicon Valley giants including Yuri Milner and Julia Milner; Sergey Brin; Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, each…

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation awarded its $2 million Humanitarian Prize to the Task Force for Global Health, which promotes collaborative work to eliminate neglected tropical diseases, increases access to vaccines, and improves disease-outbreak response.   The…

Diane Newman, a molecular geomicrobiologist and self-proclaimed “Pied Piper of microbes,” sat down with Scientific American this week to discuss her MacArthur “genius” grant. Newman’s research focuses on microbes that can survive in low-oxygen environments and may further…