Why do we think of a firefighter as a man and a nurse as a woman and not the other way around?
Why do we consider some occupations 'male' and other 'female'? New research sheds some light on how giving jobs genders hurts everyone, men included.
As summer heatwaves intensify across Canada, smaller cities need to follow the lead of Toronto and Vancouver - to protect vulnerable citizens from injury, disease and death.
Antenatal care is important during pregnancy.
Antenatal care is a vital time for both mother and unborn baby. It promotes and establishes good health before childbirth and after delivery.
A fisherman shows an oil slick close to the Niger Delta following a large spill in 2013.
The move by the African Union to develop a policy to regulate the impact of firms on human rights puts it ahead of other regions as it seeks to guide companies conducting activities on the continent.
People cheer as Senegalese troops arrive to take charge of security at the presidential palace in Banjul, The Gambia.
The adoption of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance five years ago raised hopes for a new democratic Africa. But its ideals remain elusive for many parts of the continent.
N'da Yao Messou is president of a cocoa farmers’ association in Niable, eastern Ivory Coast. Women’s right to development has a long way to go.
The creation of a UN special rapporteurship on the right to development should help develop practical solutions on how the right could be realised.
Burundian refugees fleeing conflict at home gather on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in Kigoma region in western Tanzania.
The initiative to establish an African Humanitarian Agency is a welcome one. But political, technical and financial support will matter. This will require the AU to take a pragmatic approach. Can it?
Outer space should be used for peace not war.
The rules on armed conflict on Earth are a major source of restraint on military operations. But the rules on the use of weapons in outer space are far from clear. We need to change that.
States need to think of alternatives instead of locking up children on the move.
Research found that community coaches were unclear about the common signs and symptoms of concussion.
School and community sports coaches' lack of knowledge about concussion leaves players vulnerable on the pitch.
Wagering on players can add a layer of excitement to a game that’s already full of drama.
For many, the marriage of two American pastimes – gambling and sports – can be almost impossible to resist.
What happened to America’s working class?
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One reason for widening inequality is the decline of unions, which in turn is partly the result of the gradual elimination of the "working class" from our vocabulary.
Teaching Plato in Palestine?
Does God exist? Is piety worth it? Can violence be justified? Philosophy can offer a way to engage with these questions on which there are often widely differing beliefs.
Around one in nine people aged over 65 has Alzheimer’s disease.
From time to time, we all misplace our keys or forgets someone’s name, at least for a few minutes, and we worry about "getting Alzheimer’s".
Census collectors go door to door in Sydney in 2011, the 100th year of census taking in Australia. Now the next census, due in 2016, is in doubt.
Before Australia proceeds with plans to devote fewer resources to a less frequent national census, we should consider the Canadian experience of what losing such rich data means.
There are more parallels between quantum mechanics and international relations than you might think.
Wars and atoms have, as it were, a conjugated history. On the eve of the second world war, physicists Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd wrote a letter to President Franklin D Roosevelt to inform him of the…
It’s tough for humans to get close to an eagle’s nest – but not drones.
Drones, robots and unmanned submarines used to be for military use only. But these days the technology is rapidly advancing and becoming more available for emergency services, farmers, film-makers or the…
Tons of social media there for the taking… but is it truly representative of real life?
Behavioral scientists have seized on social media and their massive data sets as a way to quickly and cheaply figure out what people are thinking and doing. But some of those tweets and thumbs ups can…
Icy times for mom-to-be meant bad news for baby-on-board.
In January 1998 five days of freezing rain collapsed the electrical grid of the Canadian province of Québec. The storm left more than 3 million people without electricity for anywhere from a few hours…
Coming for me next?
I have personal interest in arachnophobia – the fear of spiders – because I am a spider expert, but also because my daughter has it. She is not alone. According to the American Psychiatric Association…