Scientists Grow Colored Cotton, Pivotal to Sustainability in Fashion

Australian scientists say they’ve made a breakthrough they believe could transform the global textiles industry. They’ve discovered how to grow colored cotton naturally, a move that could bring sustainability in the fashion industry. The scientists in Canberra are also developing ‘super’ cotton that is stronger and more elastic. “So, cotton is naturally white, but having … Read more Scientists Grow Colored Cotton, Pivotal to Sustainability in Fashion

Watch again: Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook face hearing in Congress

The tech industry’s “Big Tobacco moment”, where the bosses of four of the biggest companies – Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google – are giving evidence to the US Congress in Washington today. The House of Representatives’ Antitrust Subcommittee is investigating whether the power, size and tactics of the four companies has crushed competition, reduced innovation … Read more Watch again: Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook face hearing in Congress

WHO Unveils First Digital Health Worker to Fight Covid-19 and Smoking

The World Health Organization (WHO) unveiled its first digital health worker as part of a global initiative to convince the world’s more than one billion tobacco users to quit smoking, share life-saving information during the coronavirus pandemic and combat misinformation about the coronavirus. Developed by New Zealand technology company, Soul Machines, Florence is what is … Read more WHO Unveils First Digital Health Worker to Fight Covid-19 and Smoking

Italian police find cocaine hidden inside coffee beans – BBC News

Italian police have discovered cocaine hidden inside individual coffee beans, in a package sent from Colombia. Police at Milan Malpensa Airport said they became suspicious of the package as it was addressed to a Santino D’Antonio, the name of a crime boss in the film John Wick: Chapter 2. A 50-year-old man was arrested after … Read more Italian police find cocaine hidden inside coffee beans – BBC News

Meet Florence – she can help you quit tobacco!

Florence is WHO’s first virtual health worker, designed to help you quit tobacco. Users can rely on Florence as a trusted source of information to achieve their quit goals. She can also help recommend tobacco users to further national toll-free quitlines or apps that can help you with your quit journey. https://www.who.int/health-topics/tobacco/ai-for-quitting-tobacco-initiative

Smelly durian strikes again! Fruit causes evacuation of German post office

IN THE PAPERS – Wednesday, June 24: With controversial French doctor Didier Raoult set for a hearing with lawmakers, Aujourd’hui en France writes that he maintains his cult following despite the questionable effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine. As French society grapples with the colonial legacy of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Libération examines the generational divide in France when it comes to the fight … Read more Smelly durian strikes again! Fruit causes evacuation of German post office

Cigarette companies join race for COVID-19 vaccine | The World

As efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine continue, an unlikely sector has joined the fray. Cigarette companies say they’re testing their own immunizations, including one by British American Tobacco that could soon go to human trials. Manny Tsigas reports. For more from ABC News, click here: https://ab.co/2kxYCZY You can watch more ABC News content on … Read more Cigarette companies join race for COVID-19 vaccine | The World

The Limits of Relying on Science to Regulate Global Risks

An address to the Ninth Annual Cambridge International Law (CILJ) Conference in April 2020, in Panel 7: Regulating Risks to Health and Safety—Scientific and Technical Paradigms in International Law, by Margherita Melillo, Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural law, and Ph.D. Candidate, European University Institute. Full title: “The Limits of Relying on Science … Read more The Limits of Relying on Science to Regulate Global Risks

Zimbabwe tobacco: Biggest foreign currency earner hit by COVID-19

Tobacco is crucial for Zimbabwe’s economy. It brings in foreign currency – which helps with cash and fuel shortages. But the coronavirus pandemic is making that more difficult. Al Jazeera’s Haru Mutasa reports from the farming village of Beatrice. – Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe – Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AJEnglish – Find us on … Read more Zimbabwe tobacco: Biggest foreign currency earner hit by COVID-19

‘Lockdown Cannot Be Sustained Indefinitely’: South African President Announces Substantial Reopening

South Africa’s government will permit most businesses to reopen from June 1 even as coronavirus infections continue to mount heading into winter. Africa’s most-industrialized economy went into lockdown on March 27, with only grocers, pharmacies and suppliers of essential services allowed to keep operating. While the rules were eased May 1, many businesses have remained … Read more ‘Lockdown Cannot Be Sustained Indefinitely’: South African President Announces Substantial Reopening

The secret is out: The tobacco industry targets the vulnerable

For decades, the tobacco industry has deliberately employed strategic, aggressive and well-resourced tactics to attract youth to tobacco and nicotine products. Internal industry documents reveal in-depth research and calculated approaches designed to attract a new generation of tobacco users, from product design to marketing campaigns aimed at replacing the millions of people who die each … Read more The secret is out: The tobacco industry targets the vulnerable

Why Has South Africa Banned Alcohol And Cigarettes?

For over 6 weeks, South Africa has made the domestic sale of alcohol and tobacco illegal nationwide as part of it’s public health strategy against Covid-19. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa defended lockdown rules imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus as some citizens grow increasingly irked over some of the toughest lockdown restrictions … Read more Why Has South Africa Banned Alcohol And Cigarettes?

Smoking, Obesity Helps Open Gateway to Coronavirus Infection, Experts Say

Smoking may raise the risk of Covid-19 by elevating enzymes that allow the coronavirus to gain access into lung cells, according to a new study. Smokers and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may have elevated levels of an enzyme called ACE-2, which helps the virus enter cells in their lungs, where it replicates, a … Read more Smoking, Obesity Helps Open Gateway to Coronavirus Infection, Experts Say