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The State of Global Poverty
Question: Will the economic crisis help us reevaluate our views about poverty?
Peter Singer: I think there’s a possibility that the economic downturn will lead us to think again about our values in general including our views about poverty on the one hand and also of course, our views about consumption. So I hope that will happen. I couldn’t really say that I’m highly confident that it will happen because, you know, once the downturn is over and the economy picks up again, you can’t be sure that a bit of that old exquisiteness and competitiveness won’t kick in.
Question: What are the steps to eradicating poverty?
Peter Singer: So the most important is that you make a commitment to share some of your income with the world’s poorest people and I suggest a scale as your income increases as to how much you might share.
That scale is in the book, it’s also on my website, TheLifeYouCanSave.Com. And you can go to TheLifeYouCanSave.Com, and see the scale and then pledge to do that, pledge to give the percentage that’s appropriate to your income and so that’s 2 steps of 7 point plan, making a pledge and then doing it publicly because I think it’s important that people should talk about this, should do it publicly so that the idea spreads and more people can see that other people are giving because then you get this virtual spiral going on, you get more people giving because they can see that others are doing it and so it’s easy for them to give psychologically and so then you get still more giving and then it gets still easier for others to give.
So those are a couple of the steps, I also suggest to people become political active citizens and contact their elected representatives about such things as trade policies that are harmful to the poor in developing nations.
I think a whole lot of things that active citizens should be doing to try to get some sense of urgency about the fact that there are 10 million children dying every year from poverty related causes and that we could prevent that.
Recorded on: March 16, 2009
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A recent analysis of a 76-million-year-old Centrosaurus apertus fibula confirmed that dinosaurs suffered from cancer, too.
- The fibula was originally discovered in 1989, though at the time scientists believed the damaged bone had been fractured.
- After reanalyzing the bone, and comparing it with fibulas from a human and another dinosaur, a team of scientists confirmed that the dinosaur suffered from the bone cancer osteosarcoma.
- The study shows how modern techniques can help scientists learn about the ancient origins of diseases.
Centrosaurus apertus fibula
Royal Ontario Museum<p>In the recent study, the team used a combination of techniques to analyze the fibula, including taking CT scans, casting the bone and studying thin slices of it under a microscope. The analysis suggested that the dinosaur likely suffered from osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that affects modern humans, typically young adults.</p><p>For further evidence, the team compared the damaged fibula to a healthy fibula from a dinosaur of the same species, and also to a fibula that belonged to a 19-year-old human who suffered from osteosarcoma. Both comparisons supported the osteosarcoma diagnosis.</p>
Evans et al.<p style="margin-left: 20px;">"The shin bone shows aggressive cancer at an advanced stage," Evans said in a <a href="https://www.rom.on.ca/en/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/rare-malignant-cancer-diagnosed-in-a-dinosaur" target="_blank">press release</a>. "The cancer would have had crippling effects on the individual and made it very vulnerable to the formidable tyrannosaur predators of the time."</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"The fact that this plant-eating dinosaur lived in a large, protective herd may have allowed it to survive longer than it normally would have with such a devastating disease."</p><p>The fossilized fibula was originally unearthed in a bonebed alongside the remains of dozens of other <em>Centrosaurus </em><em>apertus</em>, suggesting the dinosaur didn't die from cancer, but from a flood that swept it away with its herd.</p>
Dinosaur fibula; the tumor mass is depicted in yellow.
Royal Ontario Museum/McMaster University<p>The new study highlights how modern techniques can help scientists learn more about the evolutionary origins of modern diseases, like cancer. It also shows that dinosaurs suffered through some of the same terrestrial afflictions humans face today.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Dinosaurs can seem like mythical creatures, but they were living, breathing animals that suffered through horrible injuries and diseases," Evans said, "and this discovery certainly makes them more real and helps bring them to life in that respect."</p>
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