19 Jun, 2017

Indonesian Muslim women engage with feminism

The practice of Muslim women wearing headscarves is often taken as a sign that they are objectified through religious practices. Genital mutilation, child marriage, domestic violence and polygamy in Muslim majority societies are practices said to be based on Islamic teachings. …

16 Jun, 2017

Does South-East Asia need more satellites?

Singapore will launch its first locally made commercial satellite next month from India —TeLEOS-1, weighing 400 kilograms, will be capable of taking photos at a ground resolution of up to one metre. …

14 Jun, 2017

Trump’s Not the Only One Blocking Constituents on Twitter

As elected officials increasingly turn to social media to communicate with constituents, some are blocking those who disagree with them. Some say it violates the First Amendment. Legislators say it’s about promoting a “healthy, civil dialogue.” Expect court battles ahead. …

12 Jun, 2017

Luxembourg: a tax haven by any other name?

The revelations that global and multinational businesses have been brokering “secret” tax deals with Luxembourg to avoid paying taxes in their home countries, may be the first time an entire country has been implicated in tax avoidance collusion. …

09 Jun, 2017

Youth in Tunisia find a way out of violence with tech

“Here we have drug problems, we have terrorism, but we want young people to change their minds — and to change people’s lives.” …

07 Jun, 2017

Tom Price Bought Drug Stocks. Then He Pushed Pharma’s Agenda in Australia.

In the spring before the 2016 presidential election, the Obama administration's 12-nation trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, was still alive. Negotiators worked on details as Congress considered whether to ratify the pact. …

05 Jun, 2017

6 reasons why stopping worldwide terrorism is so challenging

A January 2017 Pew survey showed that Americans rate terrorism as the top priority for the Trump administration and Congress. They put the issue ahead of the economy, education, jobs and health care costs. …

02 Jun, 2017

Garbage recycling in Egypt: Trading health for livelihood

There’s a standard recycling practice in many countries: households sort their garbage in different categories before discarding it, with separate containers assigned for solid waste of different types, and others for organic waste. …

31 May, 2017

Doctor’s Records in U.S. Doping Investigation Don’t Match Patients’ Copies

Houston endocrinologist Jeffrey Brown was also part of a 2015 investigation by ProPublica and the BBC of the Nike Oregon Project and coach Alberto Salazar. …

29 May, 2017

Terror attacks in Paris and California expose modern society’s lack of resilience

The terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris on November 13 shattered the complacency of the French lifestyle. A few weeks later, a savage attack erupted in San Bernardino, California, further exposing the vulnerability of Western societies. …

26 May, 2017

Language a barrier to flow of scientific knowledge

Language is still a major barrier to the transfer of scientific knowledge even though English is increasingly used as the global language of science, a study has found.

The research, published in the journal PLOS Biology, highlights a practical problem that scientists in many parts of the world, including francophone Africa, have long struggled with. …

24 May, 2017

I paid a bribe: how some citizens are fighting corruption from the bottom up

How can policy-makers most effectively tackle corruption? The question is hardly new and over the years it’s one that many have given plenty of thought to. Building up a consensus on what works and why it works has proven difficult, and this has perhaps contributed to the enthusiasm for a novel, and democratic, frontline in an ancient fight. …

23 May, 2017

Brand-Name Drugs Increase Cost But Not Patient Satisfaction

As presidential candidates focus more on drug prices, new data from the website Iodine shows that generics scored highest among users in three popular drug categories. ProPublica has teamed up with Iodine to add user reviews to our Prescriber Checkup tool. …

22 May, 2017

Decoding the music masterpieces: Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor

Today’s composers would love to discover the elusive formula for artistic permanence. But it was probably always so. Even German composer Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) did not instantly achieve the honoured status he still holds today. …

19 May, 2017

Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago

Two weeks ago, on a sparkling spring morning, we went trawling along Florida’s coastal waterway. But not for fish.

We parked a 17-foot motor boat in a lagoon about 800 feet from the back lawn of The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and pointed a 2-foot wireless antenna that resembled a potato gun toward the club. Within a minute, we spotted three weakly encrypted Wi-Fi networks. We could have hacked them in less than five minutes, but we refrained. …

18 May, 2017

Should India’s skilled workers worry about new US visa policies?

In his latest border-closing move, US President Donald Trump issued an April 18 executive order to review the H1-B visa program, which enables educated migrants with specific skills to work temporarily in the US. …

17 May, 2017

Immigrants in Detention Centers Are Often Hundreds of Miles From Legal Help

Only a tiny percentage of detained immigrants have attorneys, leaving even those with solid cases to stay in the United States to fend for themselves. …

16 May, 2017

Genetics link found in search for sweet strawberries

If you’ve ever bitten into a strawberry and wondered why it doesn’t taste as sweet or as good as others in the punnet, you could blame the fruit’s genetics. …

15 May, 2017

Using Prisoner Phone Calls to Convict? NY’s Highest Court Puts Critical Question on Hold

Two years ago, a New York City man named Marcellus Johnson was convicted of robbery — in part as a result of incriminating telephone conversations that had been recorded while he was awaiting trial in a Rikers Island jail cell. Last April, New York’s highest court affirmed the conviction, upholding the use of the recorded conversations. …

12 May, 2017

Erdoğan ‘won’ his referendum, but what does that mean for Turkey’s foreign policy?

Victory for the “yes” side in the country’s April 16 constitutional referendum granting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sweeping new powers has left commentators wondering whether his foreign policy still includes joining the European Union as a primary goal. …
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