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"…Every year, about 15,000 hypoxic newborn babies are saved by a technique inspired, in part, by Dr. Zapol's work with seals just 500 miles from the geographic South Pole.  "Allowing scientists to explore in Antarctica leads to unanticipated discoveries," Zapol continued, urging lawmakers to solidify America's leadership in scientific exploration of the Earth's southernmost continent."

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And an attack on a U.S. satellite—or damage to one from another country’s debris—could have astronomical effects on national security, says the report from the Council on Foreign Relations.
Space terrorism is a growing threat to U.S. national security, according to a new report. By Laura Ryan

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A stunning and unmanageable number of forms—often illegible—show up daily on a physician’s desk needing to be signed. Reams of lab results, refill requests, emails, and callbacks pop up continually on the computer screen. Calls to plead with insurance companies are peppered throughout the day. Every decision carries with it an implied threat of malpractice litigation. Failing to attend to these things brings prompt disciplining or patient complaint. And mercilessly, all of these tasks have to be done on the exhausted doctor’s personal time.
Nine of 10 doctors discourage others from joining the profession, and 300 physicians commit suicide every year. When did it get this bad?
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Virtually All Touchscreens Are Contaminated With Pathogens.  Virtually all smartphones and tablet computers used by healthcare workers are contaminated with at least 1 organism, research from a German hospital shows.

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In the report, entitled ‘The Gathering Storm: climate change, security and conflict’, they write that climate change could act as a “tipping point” for conflict, particularly in already fragile, post-war states. - See more at:
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The virtual reality tool Oculus, a wow-producing technology recently acquired by Facebook, has the potential to transform entertainment, social networking — and warfighting, some defense contractors say.
On the battlefield, Oculus will feed live data from defense networks into the headgear. By Aliya Sternstein

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In an increasingly networked world, organizations must move beyond the kind of corporate disaster-recovery efforts that followed the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear incidents in Japan, to become resilient to internal disruptions, too. Below, Morris Cohen and Praveen Pathak, professors of operations and information management at Wharton and the University of Florida, respectively, and Alexis Samuel, chief risk office at Wipro, look at why process resilience is becoming a business imperative.
To be in the top-performing tier, organizations need to be resilient when it comes to internal as well as external disruptions, say experts from Wharton, the University of Florida, and Wipro Technologies.

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The forecast: Wind gusts of up to 280 kph (175 mph) and heavy rainfall were forecast by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Anticipating heavy rainfall, 30,000 were evacuated from low-lying areas known to be susceptible to flooding. Some good news: Wind gusts of up to 280 kmh (175 mph) were forecast by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, but, Ita weakened to a category 4 storm just before making landfall. AND, Ita’s landfall was along a portion of the coast that is lightly populated. As a result, damage was much less than the $3.6 billion price tag of the last Category 4 cyclone that hit Australia’s Queensland State in 2011 —CYCLONE YASI.  Presentation courtesy of Dr. Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction

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More than 90 people have already died in Guinea and Liberia in what medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned could turn into an unprecedented epidemic in an impoverished region with poor health services.  Foreign mining companies have locked down operations and pulled out some international staff in mineral-rich Guinea. French health authorities have also put doctors and hospitals on alert in case people travelling to and from former colonies in the region pick up the disease.
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I am a medical doctor with over 25 years of experience working in the fields of global health, applied epidemiology, disaster relief, health and human security, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, emergency preparedness and crisis monitoring.  I was born near Honolulu on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.  Due to my father's occupation as a Naval officer and diplomat, I traveled more places than most people do in a lifetime before I was 18. Lived in Switzerland, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the South of France. 

After graduating from college at Stanford, I spent the next three years being a nomad traveler hitchhiking around Asia, North Africa, South America, New Guinea, Bornea, New Australia and Eastern Europe.  When I ran out of money, I worked odd jobs, primarily in building and construction, carpentry, painting houses, waiting tables in restaurants, repairing boats, yachts, and even some quite large luxury cruise ships. Always entrepreneurial by nature, I discovered at a very young age that there is always a way to make a living, even if it meant living quite frugally and in rather austere conditions.  During my travels in the USA I would hold a sign up that said  "Traveling Need Work" and stand in front of a hardware store.  

But I never lost sight of my childhood dream to become a medical doctor.  This three year period might seem to others to have been aimless wandering, a "lost weekend", but in truth was the time where I really "found myself" as well as learning about life and being completely self-sufficient.  Despite not doing much in the way of studying or anything remotely resembling an academic life since I left Stanford, I did remarkably well on my medical entrance examinations and was accepted to several medical schools.  I decided on the University of Rochester in upstate New York.  After graduating from medical school, I did my clinical medical training in Emergency Medicine in Chicago followed by public health studies in Baltimore at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.  After several years as an attending physician at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, I have spent the better part of the past twenty years working in Atlanta Georgia at the "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" or CDC as a medical epidemiologist (otherwise known as a "disease detective", a job popularized in novels and films such as "The Andromeda Strain", "And the Band Played On", "Outbreak", "Ebola", "The Hot Zone" and "Contagion").

As a medical epidemiologist at the CDC for more than two decades, my public health work took me all over the world, and I had the pleasure of living in a wide range of habitats, from North African deserts, tropical rain forests in Southeast Asia, high mountains above timberline in the Hindu Kush, and above the Arctic Circle in the vast Siberian tundra.  Many stories here, believe me!  Yes, I've had a very interesting (and eventful) life.   Being adventurous, intense and passionate about just about everything I do, I admit I made a lot of mistakes along the way, but unlike many people, I learned from these misadventures and rarely made the same mistake again.  For the most part, I lived frugally, I invested well and now I can do what I like, when I like, and for the most part, what I do best.  I also finally have the time to do a lot of reading, writing, take the occasional short-term medical missions to work in the poorest countries in the most difficult circumstances and have even consulted on some movies and documentaries. 

I currently am a founding partner at Aegis Health Security.  The core of our work is to strengthen corporate, government and voluntary organization partnerships through aggressive marketing and networking using both traditional media (film, TV, radio, theater, art exhibits, etc.) and new and innovative applications of internet-based social media to strengthen the international community's response, recovery and resilience to disasters (such as  Hurricane Sandy , which severely damaged our New York City office).  However, I mostly spend my time raising awareness and money for organizations that work to strengthen the education and health of children with very special needs who are homeless, abused, starving, illiterate, left orphaned or destitute by natural disasters, or traumatized by war.   This is something I believe passionately in. And which I intend to spend the rest of my life doing.  C'est toute.

"...I live and work on the edge - the views are breathtaking, the experiences deep and satisfying and the learning is limitless...."

In my lifetime, I really have done just about everything and have been to just about everywhere!   My passions are travel to exotic locales, good food and wine and meeting new and interesting people.   Despite all the travel I was able to do at CDC, I still adore going to the most exotic, off-the-beaten track places to experience different cultures, cuisines, personal relationships and unusual environments.  I have very eclectic interests including architecture, English gardens, animal husbandry, family and historical genealogy (especially of royalty and noble families), polo, field ornithology, marine biology, military history, especially the development of naval warfare since the time of Themistocles and Pericles in Athens, yacht and outrigger design, electrical engineering, ship and automobile restoration (I used to own a Maserati that is still a classic).  I love people and have always been very fond of stimulating conversation, especially with creative and talented people like artists, writers, musicians, athletes, scholars, actors, dancers, scientists, film-makers, inventors, wanderers and iconoclasts. Since early childhood, I have had a fascination with all living creatures, particularly dinosaurs. Since very early childhood, I have had a fascination with all living creatures.  I usually have at least a three dogs, a cat, birds and a couple horses.  An avid naturalist and skilled wildlife biologist, my favorite pastime is wandering in the countryside on crisp, clear autumn days usually accompanied by his two golden retrievers and beautiful three-month old Huskie.

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“…So much has been said and written about the legendary life of Dr Eric Noji — and his story is so mythic in its sweep — that it’s difficult to summarize his career without restating clichés that have already been digested by dozens of his admirers. To start with the obvious, he is the most influential public health figure in the disaster relief and humanitarian crisis community, having introduced more innovations into current health response to disasters than any of his contemporaries. Relentlessly imaginative, iconoclastic and innovative, Eric Noji grabbed a hold of the international humanitarian community’s consciousness in 1985 and never let go for the next three decades, always staying ahead of the pack in terms of creativity but never losing his remarkable ability to communicate his increasingly sophisticated ideas to the general public and senior-level decision-makers in governments, the UN, corporations and philanthropic organizations. His supremacy as disaster icon remains unchallenged to this day, years after having left the Centers for Disease Control where he first achieved prominence…” From the Foreword by Sergio Viera de Mello to his book of memoirs: “Confessions of a Wanderer: A Journey to the Frontiers of Anarchy”, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey (publication date, October 2013).
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