26 Sep, 2022

The Stumbling Block of Transgender Persons

Genders are generally categorized as ‘male’ and ‘female’. Nevertheless, In India there exist socio-cultural groups of transgender people like Hijras, and other transgender identities like-Aradhis, Sakhi, Jogtas, Jogappas, etc. Transgender persons are fighting for their dignity since inception. They are not even granted with basic and intrinsic human rights in contemporary India. …

24 Sep, 2022

The Rise of EdTech in India

With changing times, technology has spurred into every sphere of our lives. Advancements in digital technology are also creating a variety of opportunities in the world of education & learning. Technology has paved a way for newer opportunities to enrich and rejuvenate young minds. From abacus, calculators, projectors, to Online classrooms during the pandemic, e-learning has evolved to change our way of learning, educating and communicating. …

23 Sep, 2022

Potential Of Social Legislation as A Tool of Social Change

“Change is inevitable”, every individual, thing, or entity witnesses change. However, when this change or alteration occurs in a society it is termed social change. This dynamic society requires laws to be made or altered in order to cater to its needs. The aggregate of laws framed with social welfare as its top objective is termed social legislation. …

22 Sep, 2022

Is the Criminal identification Bill 2022 not a violation Of Personal liberty?

The criminal Identification Bill is to be superseded by the 'Prisoners identification act’. It is really important to understand why the bill has been formulated in the Lok Sabha. This article compares both the acts and the amendments that have been brought in. …

21 Sep, 2022

Climate adaptation ‘critical’ for Africa

Despite contributing the least greenhouse gas emissions globally, Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing some of the greatest impacts of climate change. Increasingly harsh weather conditions including higher temperatures and changes in rainfall patterns, as well as rising sea levels are leading to floods, droughts and other extreme weather events that are exacerbating poverty in the region. …

05 Jul, 2022

Why do kids have to go to school?

Kids go to school for many reasons. Where and when depends on their age, location, parental preference and local policies. Parents send their kids to school to expose them to experiences that are different from their own at home and in their communities. Schools are designed to provide spaces for exploration, self-awareness and connection with other kids. Teachers encourage kids to strengthen the skills they have and help them gain new ones as they advance from grade to grade. …

31 May, 2022

How Not to Count Salmon

When I was assigned to a ProPublica collaboration with Oregon Public Broadcasting last year, I was excited to dive into a topic that was totally new to me: fish hatcheries. Over the past two centuries, development has decimated wild salmon and steelhead trout populations in the Pacific Northwest. First overfishing, then hydropower development, destroyed a key component of the local ecosystem, and with it the traditional ways of life for some of the Northwest’s Indigenous people. …

14 Mar, 2022

India examines medical school costs amid Ukraine exodus

[NEW DELHI] A move by India to make medical education more affordable comes as thousands of Indian medical students trapped in war-torn Ukraine are evacuated facing an uncertain future. Of the 20,000 students who fled the eastern European country since the military invasion by Russia began on 24 February, 18,000 were studying medicine. Most have crossed the border into neighbouring countries like Poland and Hungary to board special flights home. …

28 Jan, 2022

Omicron makes booster shots more critical for medically vulnerable seniors

People are understandably worn out, tired of thinking about COVID-19 and wanting to get back to a true normal. This so-called “pandemic fatigue” is real. But it’s also contributing to lapses in COVID-19 precautions and to more people getting infected with the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. …

30 Nov, 2021

Even on U.S. Campuses, China Cracks Down on Students Who Speak Out

Students and scholars from China who criticize the regime in Beijing can face quick retaliation from fellow students and Chinese officials who harass their families back home. U.S. universities rarely intervene. …

21 Sep, 2021

‘Walk the talk’ after food systems summit, scientists urge

Leaders from more than 85 countries will pledge their commitment to transforming food systems at the UN Food Systems Summit this week, but scientists say close monitoring of their actions beyond the talks will be the true test of success. The summit, being held virtually during the UN General Assembly high-level week in New York, is expected to include pledges on healthy meals for all schoolchildren, food waste reduction, and harnessing agricultural innovation to meet climate goals. …

08 Jul, 2021

Do I need a COVID-19 booster shot? 6 questions answered on how to stay protected

Boosters are an extra dose of a vaccine given to maintain vaccine-induced protection against a disease. They are commonly used to bolster many vaccines because immunity can wear off over time. For example, the flu vaccine needs a booster every year, and the diphtheria and tetanus vaccine every 10 years. …

28 May, 2021

An Online Lender Gave Hundreds of PPP Loans to Fake Farms. Now Congress Is Investigating

The House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis probe seeks answers from Kabbage and BlueVine, online lending platforms that processed hundreds of thousands of government-backed loans to small businesses, as well as Celtic Bank and Cross River Bank, which frequently partnered with the web-based lenders. …

11 Mar, 2021

Governments deaf to hearing loss, says WHO

The first World Report on Hearing predicted that in 2050 the highest number of people with some degree of hearing loss is likely to be found in the WHO Western Pacific region — which includes Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam — with nearly 760 million, and the South-East Asia region — which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Indonesia — with nearly 660 million. …

27 Jan, 2021

The problem with India’s ‘love jihad’ laws

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, the Bharatiya Janata Party government has put forward several anti-Muslim policies. The latest is a clampdown on what it sees as “love jihad,” the belief that Muslims are seeking to deceive Hindu women through marriage and convert them to Islam. …

25 Nov, 2020

Trump Races to Weaken Environmental and Worker Protections, and Implement Other Last-Minute Policies, Before Jan. 20

Six days after President Donald Trump lost his bid for re-election, the U.S. Department of Agriculture notified food safety groups that it was proposing a regulatory change to speed up chicken factory processing lines, a change that would allow companies to sell more birds. An earlier USDA effort had broken down on concerns that it could lead to more worker injuries and make it harder to stop germs like salmonella. …

24 Sep, 2020

Social media COVID-19 crackdowns are censoring the press

I was stunned when a Twitter executive advised us to take down articles about COVID-19 and another article about access to abortions if we wanted to promote our news on the site. “I would recommend following the recommendations to remove COVID-19 and abortion content on the landing pages linked from the bio and promoted tweets,” he wrote in an email. For the avoidance of doubt, “landing pages linked from the bio” means our news homepage. The abortion article he is referring to was about a research paper published in The Lancet, which showed abortion rates soared when restrictions were put in place. Our COVID-19 coverage is based on peer reviewed research. …

21 Jul, 2020

New teachers mistakenly assume Black students are angry

College students who are training to become teachers are 36% more likely to mistakenly believe that a Black child is angry when that child isn’t making an angry face than if a white child makes the same facial expression, according to our new study. …

17 May, 2020

Immune to Evidence: How Dangerous Coronavirus Conspiracies Spread

Stephan Lewandowsky studies the way people think, and in particular, why they engage in conspiracy theories. So when the cognitive scientist from England’s University of Bristol observes wild speculation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, he sees how it fits into the historical pattern of misinformation and fake news. …

07 May, 2020

Natural mosquito fungus ‘could block spread of malaria’

A fungus that lives in malaria-carrying mosquitoes could boost global efforts to control the disease, which kills about half a million people — mostly children under five — every year. Scientists have discovered a microbe, a fungus they have named Microsporidia MB, in Anopheles arabiensis mosquitoes around the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya. The fungus is capable of blocking malaria transmission from mosquitoes to people. …
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