The United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets -- a global, grass-roots campaign to end malaria in Africa -- and the National Basketball Association (NBA) won the PR News Non-profit PR Award for Best Fundraising Campaign for their "Send a Net. Save a Life. See a Game." promotion in December. NBA Cares, a founding partner of Nothing But Nets, and HP helped launch the promotion, which gave a pair of tickets to an NBA game for every donation of at least $10 to the Nothing But Nets to send life-saving bed nets to protect more than 1 million refugees in Africa from malaria.
A preliminary study of protective gels for women as a preventative measure against the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus have shown promising results, researchers said Monday, but men who take powerful anti-HIV/AIDS cocktails still might pass on the virus even if it is not evident in blood tests.
The Obama administration is considering a bid to join the United Nations Human Rights Council, according to European diplomats. Such a move would reverse existing policy and provide tangible evidence of the Obama administration's intent to engage more actively in international institutions.
Bird species across North America are traveling farther north during winter hibernation, a phenomenon scientists attribute to global warming. More than half of the 305 bird species that call North America home are traveling an average of 35 miles farther north than they did 40 years ago -- a time period over which average U.S. temperatures grew by 5 degrees Fahrenheit.