November 7, 2023

How Ozempic Maker Novo Nordisk’s Very Danish Capitalism Fueled Its Success, and Its Stumbles

(Wall Street Journal) – For its entire 100-year existence, the pharmaceutical manufacturer has stayed linked to its home country due to a particular Danish brand of capitalism. Like almost half of the country’s 28 largest companies, including global players like brewer … Read More

November 2, 2023

World Powers Say They Want to Contain AI. They’re Also Racing to Advance It

(Wired) – Yesterday, 28 countries including the US, members of the EU, and China signed a declaration warning that artificial intelligence is advancing with such speed and uncertainty that it could cause “serious, even catastrophic, harm.” The declaration, announced at … Read More

November 1, 2023

Facing Population Decline, China’s Xi Promotes ‘Childbirth Culture’ for Women

(TIME) – President Xi Jinping underscored his concerns — and more conservative social views — about China’s shrinking population in a speech calling on a key women’s organization to help bolster the nation’s birthrate by promoting a “culture” of childbirth. … Read More

October 25, 2023

Japan’s Top Court Strikes Down Sterilization Requirement for Legal Gender Change

(NBC News) – Japan’s top court ruled on Wednesday that a legal clause requiring people to undergo sterilization surgery if they want to legally change their gender is unconstitutional. Several international organizations including the European Court of Human Rights, the … Read More

October 19, 2023

‘The Whole Health System Is Collapsing Around Us.’ Doctors Say Gaza Is on the Brink

(Wired) – Even before this week’s deadly hospital blast, Gaza’s health system was already on the brink of collapse. At least 3,700 Palestinians in Gaza have been declared dead since the beginning of the Israeli-Hamas war, and an estimated 12,000 … Read More

October 18, 2023

New Initiative Aims to Sequence Half a Million Genomes of People with African Ancestry for Health Studies

(Science) – An industry-academic initiative announced today aims to create the largest ever database of genomes exclusively from people with African ancestry. Four biopharma companies contributing $80 million have teamed up with Meharry Medical College to launch the effort, which … Read More

October 18, 2023

Who’s Responsible for the Gaza Hospital Explosion? Here’s Why It’s Hard to Know What’s Real

(Wired) – Yesterday evening around 7 pm local time, an explosion rocked the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza City. Within minutes, information about what had happened was distorted by partisan narratives, disinformation, and a rush to be first to post … Read More