Culture

Media blamed for loss of Dutch Brazil

Few people today know that from 1630 to 1654 Brazil was a Dutch colony, the presence of the Portuguese language and Latin culture leads most to assume the rainbow of indigenous peoples became part of Portugal after the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494 made it possible for them to keep their coastal settlements created after Pedro Álvares Cabral began exploring in 1500.

A Science March Won't Fix Science In A Post-Truth World

A Science March Won't Fix Science In A Post-Truth World

Before Brexit and the US elections, Nature magazine columnist Colin Macilwain set out a challenge: “If Donald Trump were to trigger a crisis in Western democracy, scientists would need to look at their part in its downfall.”

Now that he has become president, the possibility of crisis is real, including the spectre of a “Twitter ban” for scientists. So what of scientific introspection?

We have a vaccine for six cancers, but anti-science and anti-business beliefs prevent uptake

We have a vaccine for six cancers, but anti-science and anti-business beliefs prevent uptake

Early in our careers, few of us imagined a vaccine could one day prevent cancer. Now there is a vaccine that keeps the risk of developing six Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers at bay, but adoption of it has been slow and surprising low.

Get action by framing climate change studies as a sex issue

A paper published today finds that very little research into how males and females respond differently to climate change has been carried out, and that could be a real goldmine for advocates of policy changes. 

Kosher food, illegal immigrants and low birth weight

An analysis after the arrest of nearly 400 illegal immigrant workers at a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa has led scholars to link immigration raid worry to low-birth weight babies. The Postville raid of 2008 was, at the time, the largest single-site federal immigration raid in US history.

Millennials, you are being too hard on yourselves. Write a nice note

Millennials need less stress, and a little more time for themselves, in contrast to prior generations who attended college. 

Biased testing, or are girls really better at reading than boys?

Biased testing, or are girls really better at reading than boys?

 ShutterstockIn reading tests, young girls tend to be ahead of young boys in all countries, but by young adulthood there is no longer any difference between skills.

ACA hasn't reduced socioeconomic disparities in cancer screening

The Affordable Care Act may be leaving American policy shortly after its chief advocate leaves office. Democrats are keenly aware that the incoming administration may do to Obamacare what President Obama did to No Child Left Behind and NASA's Constellation program. To try and keep much of it intact, they aee touting its benefits, but many are being spun in partisan fashion.

UK now has the most invasive surveillance law in democratic history

UK now has the most invasive surveillance law in democratic history

You might not have noticed thanks to world events, but the UK parliament recently approved the government’s so-called Snooper’s Charter and it will soon become law. This nickname for the Investigatory Powers Bill is well earned. It represents a new level and nature of surveillance that goes beyond anything previously set out in law in a democratic society.

No taxes needed: Juice, soda sales drop 20 percent after outreach in Maryland county

Drinks loaded with added sugars, such as juice, soda, and frappuccinos, are one of the leading sources of empty calories in the diet of both children and adults, and overconsumption of sugar is associated with obesity and an increased risk of heart disease.

In 2012, Howard County, Maryland activists went after sugary sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, fruit drinks and flavored water/teas. They used:

  •  Getting such drinks out of student-accessible vending machines and at school-day functions;