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Confronting Conspiracy Theories and Organized Bigotry at Home: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers

May 19, 2022 – People of all ages in the U.S. have witnessed a steep rise in violence and other activity from white nationalist and other anti-democracy groups. At the same time, harmful conspiracy theories have steadily gained visibility in mainstream rhetoric and politics. Not only have young people witnessed these unsettling shifts but—as many […]

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More than 25 organizations join forces with the American Library Association to Unite Against Book Bans

CHICAGO–The American Library Association (ALA) and a coalition of over 25 groups are banding together to empower individuals and communities to fight censorship and protect the freedom to read. Organizations including the American Federation of Teachers and the Authors Guild have joined the association’s Unite Against Book Bans campaign to raise awareness about the recent […]

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Blasting out Earth’s location with the hope of reaching aliens is a controversial idea – two teams of scientists are doing it anyway

Scientists think there are 300 million habitable planets in the Milky Way, and some may be home to intelligent life. Bruno Gilli/ESO, CC BY Chris Impey, University of Arizona If a person is lost in the wilderness, they have two options. They can search for civilization, or they could make themselves easy to spot by […]

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Online health and wellbeing program using singing techniques can improve quality of life and breathlessness after COVID-19

An online breathing and wellbeing programme helps improve quality of life and breathlessness for people recovering from COVID-19, according to a new study. This is one of the first clinical trials to report an effective intervention for people with post-COVID syndrome, also known as long COVID. The study is published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. The ‘ENO Breathe’ […]

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FDA Takes New Steps Regarding Evaluating Public Health Importance of Additional Food Allergens

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a draft guidance that, when finalized, will outline the agency’s approach to evaluating the public health importance of food allergens that are not one of the major nine food allergens identified by law in the U.S (non-listed food allergens). Currently, the major food allergens are milk, eggs, fish, crustacean […]

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From the Noggin to the Butt: Quirky Measurement Units Throughout Human History

When we talk about measurement units here at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), you’ll typically hear us rattling off the official ones — such as the meter, the second and the kilogram. These official measurements, which are part of the International System of Units (SI), have evolved from quantities that people mostly defined […]

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New Dungeons & Dragons Book to Support Endangered Species Protection

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity is partnering with Mage Hand Press and creator Lucas Zellers to resurrect the histories of extinct animals in a surprising new way: through the popular role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. A newly launched project called The Book of Extinction tells the stranger-than-fiction true stories of animals now lost, alongside game statistics […]

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A history of Easter feasts and why the English breakfast might be medieval

Giles Gasper, Durham University Easter is the principal festival of the Christian year. Both Easter and its long prelude Lent have traditions associated with food. Lent is traditionally a time of giving up food, especially meat and dairy. Easter is, by contrast, a feast. Versions of simnels (high-quality bread), decorated eggs, pancakes, and roast lamb […]

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Keeping Communities Connected: New report spotlights creative library broadband services during the pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new report released today by the American Library Association shows the impact of broadband access through the nation’s nearly 17,000 public libraries during the pandemic, as well as the need for continued long-term investments in broadband infrastructure and digital inclusion programming. “Keeping Communities Connected: Library Broadband Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” […]

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The ‘Equal-Opportunity Jerk’ Defense: Rudeness Can Obfuscate Gender Bias

March 8, 2022 – If you’re an “equal-opportunity jerk,” does that mean you can’t also be sexist? New research shows that many people think so—and consider men to be gender blind when they’re rude, condescending, and berating to women and men equally.  To highlight the common view that men aren’t deemed sexist when they’re rude […]

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Books: Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – a review

Male bias pervades all areas of modern life and puts women at a serious disadvantage. Shutterstock Karen Boyle, University of Strathclyde Feminist campaigner Caroline Criado Perez’s latest book is an essential if enraging read. It might seem ironic that the central figure in Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men is […]

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US counties with more civic engagement tend to have more women on local company boards of directors

Women still have a long way to go to reach parity in the boardroom. Wanlee Prachyapanaprai/iStock via Getty Images Siri Terjesen, Florida Atlantic University; Hanna Silvola, Hanken School of Economics, and Mansoor Afzali, Hanken School of Economics The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea U.S. counties where people […]

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Our meat obsession is destroying the planet – the solution is to change how we see animals

Catherine Duxbury, University of Essex and Colin Samson, University of Essex Globally, we eat around 318 million tonnes of meat every year. By 2050, that figure is projected to reach 517 million tonnes. This rising number reflects how farming animals like pigs, chickens and cows for consumption by humans has been largely normalised as essential […]