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News in the Humanosphere: Trump steps in as 45th U.S. president

Donald John Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, ushering in a new and more unpredictable era in which he vowed to shatter the established order and restore American greatness. From the West Front of the Capitol, overlooking a crowd of hundreds of thousands as rain began to fall, Trump presented a dark vision of a nation afflicted by division and dislocation, exploited and forgotten by a group of Washington elites and diminished around the world. His arrival, he promised, would finally turn it around.

Global Health
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Gates and partners launch epidemic preparedness initiative

Pandemics beware. Bill Gates is coming for you armed with a new vaccine initiative and $700 million. A global health coalition unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, aims to prevent the next great pandemic. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) said that it will help develop vaccines for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS)-coronavirus, Lassa and Nipah.

Basics
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Biden warns Davos: Inequality is threatening ‘liberal international order’

With 48 hours left as vice president of the United States, Joe Biden delivered his final speech yesterday to an assembly of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful people. “The top 1 percent is not carrying their weight,” he said. And while “external actors” pose a threat to democracy, inequality is “undermining support for the liberal international order from inside.”

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News in the Humanosphere: Suicide bomber strikes Mali military camp, kills more than 40

Al Mourabitoun, an Islamist group linked to al Qaeda, claimed a suicide bomb attack on a military camp in northern Mali on Wednesday that killed at least 42 people and wounded more than 100 others, according to a Mauritanian news agency. The attack struck at the heart of still-fragile efforts by the government and rival armed groups to work together to quell the violence that has plagued the restive desert north for years.

Science
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Scientists invent air filter that’s cheaper, greener, better – and soy

As air pollution continues to plague China, India and cities around the world, researchers have developed a new air filter that can block 99.94 percent of the most harmful particulates in smog as well as toxic chemicals that existing filters miss, including carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and sulphur dioxide. Even better, it’s inexpensive and eco-friendly, because it’s made of paper towels, bacteria and soybeans.

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