Bats are among the most diverse of all mammalian species and serve as reservoirs of zoonotic viruses responsible for several recent pandemics; new technologies are providing insights into how the unique physiology and lifestyle of bats drive tolerance to virus infection.

Biological Conservation, Volume 291, March 2024

A perspective article on stress-test, commonly used in the financial sector, applied to biodiversity conservation and global change.
WE Empower awardees in a group with Pitch Night host Diane von Furstenberg
Launched in 2018, the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge is a first-of-its-kind global competition for women entrepreneurs who are advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
UGAHacks is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that has been hosting an annual 48-hour hackathon for almost a decade now. This was the 2nd time HPCC Systems sponsored a challenge and participated in the hackathon held at the University of Georgia. If you want to catch up on our participation in last year’s event, please read the blog: UGA Hacks 8, Hot Wings and Hope for the Future.

World Blood Donor Day 2025: Honoring the Heroes of Life

Picture this: a world where countless lives are saved every day, not by superheroes in capes, but by ordinary people with an extraordinary gift to give. These are the blood donors, the unsung heroes who, on June 14th, we come together to celebrate during World Blood Donor Day (WBDD).

The Power of a Simple Act

World No Tobacco Day 2025: Uniting for a Tobacco-Free Future

Every year, on May 31st, World No Tobacco Day serves as a powerful reminder of the devastating impact that tobacco use has on individuals, families, and communities worldwide. Established by the World Health Organization (WHO) Member States in 1987, this global event aims to raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

The Toll of Tobacco

Reviews the effects of light pollution in urban ecosystems
Global view on sea turtle conservation
This paper supports SDG 15 by highlighting that the effects of loss of biodiversity due to climate change and associated changes in the distribution of venomous snakes will be most pronounced in tropical regions, where extensive land is devoted to agriculture and rearing livestock.
In this study, we introduced an integrated assessment framework, and estimated both quality and quantity-related Water Scarcity Index (WSI), local economic water scarcity risk (WSR), and the cascading virtual WSR observed in global trade markets across 40 major economies spanning from 1995 to 2010. Results show that developing countries had rapid growth in both quantity and quality-related WSI, while major developed economies experienced a modest increase in water stress but mitigated quality-related risks, suggesting imbalanced progress towards SDG 6 across countries.