In a fascinating piece for Science magazine, grantee Richard Stone uncovers the surprising history of US-Chinese cooperation on nuclear security issues. The quiet collaboration culminated this summer with the removal of weapons-grade uranium from a research reactor in Ghana. More than a decade in the planning, “the operation, which took place in July at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission in Accra, is a milestone in a dogged effort since the end of the Cold War to remove enriched uranium and plutonium from countries that do not have nuclear weapons.” Next up, according to Richard, is a reactor in Nigeria in 2018, followed by reactors in Iran, Pakistan, and—when conditions permit—Syria.
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Grantee Doug Clark reports on another surprising collaboration—this one between Burmese fishermen and Irrawaddy dolphins. The intuitive intelligence of these cetaceans is uncanny. Unfortunately, says, Doug, there are only 65 of them left.
As ISIS is pushed from its strongholds in Iraq and Syria, German-Kurdish psychologist Jan Ilhan Kizilhan is raising a new army—of trauma specialists to heal the population’s psychological wounds. Grantee Emily Feldman tells the story in the Daily Beast.