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In Sweden, A More Hands-On Approach To Premature Births

Swedish hospitals are a model for a more natural, less clinical approach to caring for newborn and premature babies.

Newborn at Stockholm's Karolinska Danderyd hospital
Newborn at Stockholm's Karolinska Danderyd hospital
Pauline Fréour

UPPSALA — Samira gently draws the sheet over her newborn's minuscule chest. The baby boy lies in a transparent cot at the intensive care unit of the Uppsala neonatal hospital, 70 kilometers north of Stockholm. The baby whimpers a little. His mother looks on with concern as his chest moves up and down. She adjusts the oxygen mask over his tiny little mouth. "He's nervous today," she says.

Amro was born more than three and a half months premature. He is a squirming little ball weighing a few hundred grams, kept alive by tubes that feed and help him breathe. Breathing is an ongoing struggle, though inside the highly controlled intensive care unit, Samira is allowed and even encouraged to take care of him. She washes and changes him and refills his feeding catheters; nurses would usually do this, but these are some of the tasks given her to help her settle into mothering.

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Artificial Satellite Pollution, Perils For Biodiversity In Space And On Earth

Exploiting space resources and littering it with satellite and other anthropogenic objects is endangering the ecosystem of space, which also damages the earth and its creatures below.

Image of the small satellite NanoRacks-Remove Debris satellite deployed into space by the ISS

Thomas Lewton

Outer space isn’t what most people would think of as an ecosystem. Its barren and frigid void isn’t exactly akin to the verdant canopies of a rainforest or to the iridescent shoals that swim among coral cities. But if we are to become better stewards of the increasingly frenzied band of orbital space above our atmosphere, a shift to thinking of it as an ecosystem — as part of an interconnected system of living things interacting with their physical environment — may be just what we need.

Last month, in the journal Nature Astronomy, a collective of 11 astrophysicists and space scientists proposed we do just that, citing the proliferation of anthropogenic space objects. Thousands of satellites currently orbit the Earth, with commercial internet providers such as SpaceX’s Starlink launching new ones at a dizzying pace. Based on proposals for projects in the future, the authors note, the number could reach more than a hundred thousand within the decade. Artificial satellites, long a vital part of the space ecosystem, have arguably become an invasive species.

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