A drug targeting recurring malaria crossed another hurdle, winning approval from the FDA (which did, however, underscore important side effects).   Tafenoquine can flush the malaria-causing plasmodium vivax parasite out of the liver, where it hides and reawakens. Relapsing…

When Reagan signed the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988, plastic guns were theoretical, Democrat Steve Israel writes. When Congress renewed it in 2013, plastic guns could be downloaded and produced using a 3-D printer. The NRA blocked any modernization—such as requiring a…

With the help of scientists, sustainability can be drawn into the blueprints of our cities, which now accommodate over half of the world’s population. From smart waste disposal to driverless cars to tree cover, this special report outlines the many ways science breeds…

Many medical devices donated to low-income countries sit unused—like an X-ray machine in Uganda that broke down, with no trained technician to fix it. There is also often a mismatch between the types of equipment that are needed and what is received.

Over a billion people around the world with inadequate cooling options face immediate threats to their health, safety, and productivity as the world warms, according to a new report from Sustainable Energy for All.  

A new database achieves more accurate results than toxicology testing on animals according to a study published in Toxicological Sciences. A team of researchers built the world’s largest toxicology database which predicts toxic properties of chemical compounds more…

Underpaid doctors and dingy hospitals have created demand for better quality care in China’s health care system. The tech giant WeDoctor is looking to fill that gap by “unclogging bottlenecks in a Chinese health care market slated to hit 8 trillion yuan ($1.2 trillion) by…

Health care workers are exposed to manifold risks—overheating in a protective suit shouldn’t be one of them. Stanford researchers specializing in body temperature regulation developed a solution for Sierra Leone Ebola responders who struggled to work in hazmat suits for…

Machines that can find volatile organic compounds in human breath—gas-chromatography mass-spectrometers—have been around for awhile. But analyzing them is arduous and error-prone; reams of data on complex compounds must be analyzed by hand. To expedite the process,…

As the planet warms, economic, technological, and political obstacles hinder our chances of reducing the carbon released into the atmosphere—but impressive efforts are underway to catch emissions before they get there, writes Laura H. Kahn.