18 Apr, 2019

Q&A: ‘Universities would rather highlight work of men’

Amira Shaheen is an assistant professor of epidemiology in the faculty ‎of medicine and health sciences at An-Najah National University in the West Bank, where she focuses on population health and medical advances, especially for women and children. …

15 Apr, 2019

Criminal Justice Legislation Will Force New York Prosecutors to Disclose More Evidence, Sooner

The New York state legislature has passed a reform package aimed at increasing fairness in the criminal justice system. The new law requires prosecutors to share evidence against criminal defendants within 15 days of arraignment, a major shift for a state that previously had no such deadlines and maintained a notably restrictive approach toward disclosure. …

11 Apr, 2019

Socrates in love: how the ideas of this woman are at the root of Western philosophy

Where did Socrates, the foundational figure of Western philosophy, get the inspiration for his original ideas about truth, love, justice, courage and knowledge? New research I’ve conducted reveals that as a young man in 5th-century BC Athens, he came into contact with a fiercely intelligent woman, Aspasia of Miletus. I argue that her ideas about love and transcendence inspired him to formulate key aspects of his thought (as transmitted by Plato). …

08 Apr, 2019

Most SDGs ‘going into reverse’ – UN expert group member

Progress on most Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has gone into reverse, according to Jean-Paul Moatti, the director-general of the French National Research Institute for Development (IRD) and a member of the expert group charged by the UN with evaluating progress so far on the objectives. …

04 Apr, 2019

The Imam’s Widow

Every night, Alauddin Akonjee set the alarm clock in the bedroom of his home in Ozone Park, Queens, fearful he wouldn’t wake in time for morning prayer. And each morning, he and his wife, Minara, would be awake before the buzzer sounded. …

01 Apr, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci revisited: was he an environmentalist ahead of his time?

Leonardo’s notebooks are filled with illustrations of nature, both plants and animals, their interactions with humans and in local ecosystems. Did his deep engagement with the natural world make him an environmentalist ahead of his time? …

28 Mar, 2019

Q&A: Green tech solution for polluted Guatemalan lake

Ecotoxicologist Claudia Romero, a professor at the San Carlos University of Guatemala and director of the Atitlan Studies Centre, is on a personal mission - to decontaminate Lake Amatitlan.  …

25 Mar, 2019

A Stealth History Lesson in Baltimore

We were all in the dark, on the edge of the wooded park known as Wyman Dell, opposite the Baltimore Museum of Art. It was 2 a.m. Wednesday, and despite the presence of a couple of dozen workers in hardhats, a huge crane, a flatbed truck and a couple of other pieces of heavy machinery, the work site, surrounded by police tape, was remarkably still. …

22 Mar, 2019

The terror of climate change is transforming young people’s identity

Today, at least 50 rallies planned across Australia are expected to draw thousands of students who are walking out of school to protest climate change inaction.

These Australian students join children from over 82 countries who are striking to highlight systemic failure to address climate change. …

18 Mar, 2019

Indian court stalls world’s biggest ID database plan

India’s ambitious plans to force its 1.3 billion citizens to use biometric identity cards to access government benefits have fallen foul of the country’s highest court which says the project could undermine rights to privacy.  

After finding that the biometric ID, referred to as Aadhaar ID, infringes on the right to privacy, the Supreme Court decided that the issue was a constitutional matter and therefore should be resolved by a ‘constitution bench’. …

14 Mar, 2019

Oregon Should Overhaul Handling of Insanity Defendants, Says Head of Psychiatry Security Review Board

The board’s executive director acknowledged gaps in the system for treating and discharging people found criminally insane and said the Legislature should weigh appointing a task force to consider reforms. …

11 Mar, 2019

Kauri pines are late-blooming rainforest giants

When I first came across the kauri pine (Agathis robusta), I certainly wasn’t impressed by their growth. Mixed among other species in a young rainforest plantation, they seemed destined to be left behind by the faster-growing trees (I did think they looked nice, though). …

07 Mar, 2019

Act fast to halt the decline of insect numbers

Researchers, policymakers and donors should act fast to halt the diminishing insect numbers, writes Wei Zhang. Insects are among the most diverse and successful organisms on our planet. Their significant contributions to vital ecological functions including pollination, pest control and maintenance of wildlife cannot be ignored. …

04 Mar, 2019

I’m a Journalist. Apparently, I’m Also One of America’s “Top Doctors.”

My eyes narrowed when the woman on the voice message told me to call about my “Top Doctor” award. They needed to “make sure everything’s accurate” before they sent me my plaque, she said. It was a titillating irony. I don’t have a medical degree, and I’m not a physician. But I am an investigative journalist who specializes in health care. So I leaned forward in my seat with some anticipation when I returned the call last year. I spoke to a cheerful saleswoman named Anne at a company on New York’s Long Island that hands out the Top Doctor Awards. …

28 Feb, 2019

Dams on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy river could fuel more conflicts in the country

Myanmar makes many headlines these days. While most of the focus has been on the Rohingya issue, the country is also heading towards an important economic and livelihood crisis. Myanmar was once called “Asia’s rice bowl”, and that label stuck for much of the 20th century. While the country is keen to reclaim this title, it’s doubtful this ambition will be realised soon. …

25 Feb, 2019

Big data in the balance

This past summer, the EU launched an initiative to track migration in real time using big data ‒ the masses of machine-readable data each one of us leaves behind every time we use an electronic device. …

21 Feb, 2019

Chicago Public Schools Monitored Social Media for Signs of Violence Gang Membership

This is a collaboration between ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ Chicago. In January 2017, after a social media analyst for the Chicago Public Schools reviewed the Facebook profile of a Roosevelt High School student and began to suspect he might be in a gang …

18 Feb, 2019

Mercury decline in seabirds due to diet, not emissions controls

For 47 years, biologists have plucked eggs from seabird nests along the British Columbia coast. Many of the eggs were collected from remote rocky islands surrounded by some of the world’s roughest seas. …

14 Feb, 2019

Q&A: Women still missing in Brazil’s top science posts

Biologist Marie-Anne van Sluys straddles two areas of interest in her scientific career: understanding of molecular processes for biological diversification, and the interactions between plants and microorganisms. …

11 Feb, 2019

Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools – Including Ours

A number of organizations, including ProPublica, have developed tools to let the public see exactly how Facebook users are being targeted by advertisers. Now, Facebook has quietly made changes to its site that stop those efforts. ProPublica, Mozilla and Who Targets Me have all noticed their tools stopped working this month after Facebook inserted code in its website that blocks them. …
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