The Crisis of the ‘Consensus Principle’ and the Joint Initiative Approach

In the aftermath of the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference held at Buenos Aires in December 2017, four groups of WTO Members launched negotiations, agreeing to advance discussions on four vital trade issues – investment facilitation, domestic regulations in services, electronic-commerce (E-Commerce), and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). These joint …

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#COVID19 Journal Club “Evidence of Long-Distance Droplet Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by Direct Air Flow in a Restaurant in Korea”

This one has been getting a lot of popular media attention… and really the title says it all “Evidence of Long-Distance Droplet Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 by Direct Air Flow in a Restaurant in Korea”.  This study describes a transmission that took place at over 20 feet in only 5 minutes… …

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Understanding GPCR Signaling Using TRUPATH

To respond to environmental conditions, cells must be able to detect extracellular stimuli. One way they do so is through G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), receptors that play many roles in signaling processes including smell, taste, sight, inflammation, and neurotransmission. But with approximately 950 different human genes encoding GPCRs (Takeda S …

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News from SDSN Germany – International Development Blog

Presentation of the 2020 Europe Sustainable Development Report (2020 ESDR) by SDSN & IEEP ©SDSN Germany Am 8. Dezember 2020 veröffentlichten SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network) & IEEP (Institute for European Environmental Policy) den 2020 Europe Sustainable Development Report (ESDR). After the ESDR was published for the first time last …

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Weekly The Niche reads: lab-grown embryos & thymus, more

Today’s The Niche recommended weekly reads post includes both primary papers and also a few media pieces. I’m especially interested in the first piece on making more complex embryo-like structures from ES cells. This is a long way from just making embryoid bodies or EBs. At the end of the …

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News from the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research

Digitainable Project: Mapping of digitization opportunities for water security With only a decade left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and progress so far inadequate, there is a growing need to increase the effectiveness of decisions and measures. Water is essential for the realization of all SDGs, for overcoming …

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#COVID19 Journal Club: “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 RNA contamination of inanimate surfaces and virus viability in a health care emergency unit”

Another quick post here.  “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 RNA contamination of inanimate surfaces and virus viability in a health care emergency unit.” One of several studies that have found the presence of viral RNA in a healthcare setting, but who were unable to culture virus from surfaces there.  …

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News from the Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research

digitainable project: Mapping the Digitalisation Capabilities for Water Security With no more than a decade left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the fact that progress has been inadequate so far, there is a growing need to increase the effectiveness of decisions and actions. Water is essential to …

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