Global decline in child marriages, detecting cancer with AI, Barefoot College reinvents rural education

In today’s edition of Squirrel News, we’re talking about the ongoing decrease in the number of child marriages recorded across the globe, a new AI tool that can accurately identify incidents of cancer, and a radical new university demystifying education for illiterate villagers in India .

World sees drop in the number of child marriages

The biggest decline can be seen across South Asia: ten years ago, a girl’s risk of getting married as a child in this region was about 50% – but this has now fallen to about 30%.

Source: CNN

New artificial intelligence tool can accurately identify cancer

Doctors, scientists and researchers have built an AI model that can accurately identify cancer in a development that could speed up diagnosis of the disease and fast-track patients to treatment.

Source: The Guardian

Pop-up pool scheme aims to boost low UK swimming entertainment rates

Fully functioning temporary pools will be placed at schools in areas where a large proportion of children are unable to swim, starting in the Black Country in the West Midlands.

Source: The Guardian

Freiburg launches Germany’s first photovoltaic cycling path

The energy generated by the 300 meter long solar array – approximately 280 MWh per year – will be primarily used in the laboratories and buildings of Fraunhofer ISE.

Source: PV Magazine

Vermont becomes first US state to waive residency requirement for assisted dying

The bill improving access to medical aid in dying was signed into law on Tuesday, offering people with terminal diagnoses the opportunity to die with dignity.

Source: Vermont Public

“An undeniable success”: first UK council trial of four-day week set to be extended

The first UK council to experiment with a four-day working week is expected to extend the trial after analysis showed it was “overwhelmingly positive” for staff health and wellbeing without denting performance.

Source: The Guardian

Ukrainian farmer devises novel way to demine his fields

With official deminers understandably overworked, Oleksandr Kryvtsov kitted out his tractor with blast-proof protective panels stripped from Russian tanks operated via remote control.

Source: Reuters

Menopause mentors are breaking taboos surrounding this stage of life

From workshops in Argentina to intuitive apps in India, activists are encouraging conversations around the menopause and helping individuals navigate this challenging physical change.

Source: BBC News

New model of marine conservation is bringing back Mexico’s gray whales

Spearheaded by local cooperatives, the San Ignacio Lagoon’s up-close approach to ecotourism is creating a safe haven for the whales and boosting their population health.

Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful

A radical new university is reinventing access to rural education in India

The Barefoot College is a non-formal learning center which democratizes and demystifies schooling for illiterate villagers within the community.

Source: Reasons To Be Cheerful


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