16 Aug, 2018

Five First Responders to the Pulse Massacre. One Diagnosis: PTSD.

On the morning of June 12, 2016, police officer Omar Delgado pulled his cruiser up to his two-story townhome in Sanford, Florida, and sat in silence for 15 minutes, trying to process what he had seen during 3 1/2 hours inside the Pulse nightclub. …

13 Aug, 2018

India’s wells are running dry, fast

Over the past three years, the monsoon – the rainy season that runs from June through September, depending on the region – has been weak or delayed across much of India, causing widespread water shortages.With the onset of summer this year, southern India, particularly Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu states, are already wilting under a blistering sun and repeated heatwaves. …

09 Aug, 2018

A simple way to prevent African water wars

The first stage of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance dam project is fast approaching its end. At 70 metres high, the dam is just 25 metres shy of the target for this stage of the project. Come June, it will be able to store the 14 billion cubic metres (BCM) of river water needed to kick the first turbines into action. …

06 Aug, 2018

In 2008 Mumbai Attacks, Piles of Spy Data, But an Uncompleted Puzzle

Mr. Shah, the technology chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Pakistani terror group, and fellow conspirators used Google Earth to show militants the routes to their targets in the city. He set up an Internet phone system to disguise his location by routing his calls through New Jersey. Shortly before an assault that would kill 166 people, including six Americans, Mr. Shah searched online for a Jewish hostel and two luxury hotels, all sites of the eventual carnage. …

02 Aug, 2018

My new novel interrogates contemporary Indian politics – with King Lear as a blueprint

The first draft of We That Are Young, my debut novel, was written between 2010 and 2012. For much of that time I was in India, researching in New Delhi and Kashmir. It was after unprecedented anti-corruption protests had swept the country, and before the rape of Jyoti Singh became headline news around the world. It was before Narendra Modi, the current right-wing Hindu prime minister, came to power. …

30 Jul, 2018

Donors should put evidence before politics and diplomacy

Politics still drives most Western countries’ foreign development aid, because of strong historical and diplomatic relations. But politics is not known to be evidence-based - understandably so. Even if donor countries spend billions on foreign aid and on development, there will still be a zillion unmet needs. But resources are not only money - they can also be policies. So what if we were to start by using scientific and evidence-based tools for policymaking and priority setting. …

26 Jul, 2018

A Baby Was Separated From Her Uncle at the Border. Three Months Later, Her Mother Is Still Trying to Get Her Back.

SULPHUR, La. — Sendy Karina Ferrera Amaya opened her mouth, and a gloved hand gave each cheek a perfunctory brush with a cotton swab. Fifteen seconds, and the $429 DNA test she’d paid for was over. “Eso es todo,” the lab technician said last Thursday. That was it. Ferrera, 25, gave a tentative smile and walked out to join her fiancé. Squeezing his hand as they drove away, she allowed herself to hope. …

23 Jul, 2018

Can Elon Musk fix Flint’s water?

The Michigan community of Flint has become a byword for lead poisoning. Elon Musk recently entered the fray. He tweeted a promise to pay to fix the water in any house in Flint that had water contamination above acceptable levels set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. …

19 Jul, 2018

In Rio de Janeiro, thousands at risk from disasters

Using a new methodology, researchers from the Brazil’s natural disasters early warning centre Cemaden cross-reference information about areas susceptible to natural disaster with demographic and socioeconomic data provided by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics. …

16 Jul, 2018

A Day After Report, Violent White Supremacist Loses Job With Defense Contractor

Defense contractor Northrop Grumman said it will investigate an employee identified as a member of a violent white supremacist group in a recent report by ProPublica and Frontline.

The employee, Michael Miselis, a 29-year-old aerospace engineer, works at the company’s facility in Redondo Beach, California, and holds a government-issued security clearance of the sort required for personnel assigned to classified military projects. …

12 Jul, 2018

Plastic-free campaigns don’t have to shock or shame. Shoppers are already on board

With Coles and Woolworths supermarkets phasing out single-use plastic bags at their checkout counters, and Queensland and Western Australia bringing in bans on single-use plastic bags for all retailers from July 1, a long overdue step is being taken towards reducing Australia’s plastic waste. …

09 Jul, 2018

Software helps cut Indian cows’ methane emissions

A software tool developed by India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) is helping balance the diets of 2.4 million heads of Indian cattle leading to increased milk output and reduced methane emissions, an international livestock conference heard. …

05 Jul, 2018

Florida to Examine Whether Alternative Charter Schools Underreport Dropouts

Florida’s Department of Education is expanding an inquiry into how schools classify students who leave without graduating, in response to a ProPublica report that the state may have thousands more dropouts than it acknowledges. Also in reaction to the ProPublica article, the school board chairman in Orlando is asking the district superintendent for a formal report regarding concerns that low-achieving students have been pressured to transfer from traditional to alternative high schools. …

02 Jul, 2018

David Goldblatt: photographer who found the human in an inhuman social landscape

World renowned and revered South African photographer David Goldblatt has died at the age of 87. He became a photographer at the age of 18 and would come to focus his camera on quiet, yet equally poignant features of the brutal apartheid regime. Over the course of his decades-long career, Goldblatt’s photographs were exhibited widely and continue to be held in museums around the world. He won numerous major international awards for his work. …

28 Jun, 2018

The World Needs to Create a ‘New Normal’ on Gender

The World Economic Forum latest Global Gender Gap Report, which looks at how close countries are getting to equality between men and women, points out that many countries actually slipped back last year in their Global Gender Gap Index, which measures differences between men and women across health, education, economy and politics. …

25 Jun, 2018

One Officer, Scores of Tickets and a Familiar Racial Disparity

It was just before 9 a.m. one day last July, and Noemi Martinez was on her way from one job interview to the next, running to catch a bus on Atlantic Boulevard in Jacksonville, Fla. Sprinklers from a nearby nursery were showering water onto the broken sidewalk in front of her, so Martinez walked out into the shoulder of Lee Road and pressed on. …

21 Jun, 2018

The secrets of immigrant student success

More than 7.5 million foreign-born Canadians entered the country through the immigration process, according to 2016 Census data — representing more than one in five Canadians and more than one third of school-aged students. Canada was also the first country in the world to adopt multiculturalism as an official policy. There are provisions within its Charter of Rights and Freedoms that protect the rights of minority groups. …

18 Jun, 2018

3D printing ready to reshape home building

Optimists tend to envision a future with perfectly automated cities, full of technology and without poverty or hunger. Most tend not to think of the path needed to create this new urban fabric, as if it will miraculously emerge like the futuristic, planned settlement of Masdar City in Abu Dhabi. …

14 Jun, 2018

As the shaky US-North Korea summit is set to begin, the parties must search for common interest

US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un will meet on Tuesday for their highly anticipated summit in Singapore. For the summit to be productive, the negotiations need to converge on a lowest-common-denominator shared interest that both parties can agree on. …

11 Jun, 2018

Why Your Health Insurer Doesn’t Care About Your Big Bills

His recovery from a partial hip replacement had been difficult. He’d iced and elevated his leg for weeks. He’d pushed his 49-year-old body, limping and wincing, through more than a dozen physical therapy sessions. The last thing he needed was a botched bill.
His December 2015 surgery to replace the ball in his left hip joint at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City had been routine. One night in the hospital and no complications.   …
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