A digest of science and environment news, originally published on Inside Philanthropy. China’s new billionaires take on the pollution crisis, researchers look to a rare mouse for healing powers, and more bracing for climate change.
I blog about the latest in funding for research, science education, and the environment, as science editor at the news site Inside Philanthropy. I post the occasional roundup of highlights from my coverage over there. Inside Philanthropy is a subscription-based site, but visitors get a few freebies. Here’s what happened in the past week (or so).
Resilience is Hot Among Climate Funders. Here’s Who is Out Front Prepping for Doom “Programs for ‘climate adaptation’ or ‘climate resilience’ have taken hold in recent years, whether it’s due to political stagnation, stubborn public denial of the problem, or warnings that we’re already past the point of no return.”
A Mouse With the Secret to Stopping Scars “Two biology researchers at the University of Florida Genetics Institute just received the seven-figure grant for work that focuses on the African spiny mouse, the only known mammal that can regenerate its skin completely without scars, hair and all.”
Can China’s Billionaires Solve its Pollution Problem? “China’s explosive economic growth has created as many as 358 billionaires, where just 20 years ago, the country had practically zero. Philanthropy has been slow to follow, but one of the country’s most prominent entrepreneurs hopes he can inspire private funders to tackle the country’s notorious environmental woes.”
Microsoft’s Longtime Attorney Gets Behind Big Data “It’s a fitting endeavor for the New Hampshire college, as Dartmouth has a long history of plugging computers into academia. Back in 1964, two professors at the school first pushed the idea that liberal arts students needed to learn computer science, which led to the user-friendly BASIC coding language…”
Photo of a coal-fired power plant in Shuozhou, Shanxi, China by Wikimedia user Kleineolive.