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A demonstrator dressed in the colours of the Brazilian flag performs in front of a street vendor’s towels for sale featuring Brazilian presidential candidates Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in Brasilia, Brazil, on Sept. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Another stress test for democracy: The imminent election crisis in Brazil

It is unclear who will win Brazil’s election in the second round, but one thing is obvious: Bolsonaro’s brand of right-wing conservatism is growing, and so is its threat to democracy.
Although most medical research is reliable, studies that are flawed or fake can lead to patients undergoing treatments that might cause harm. skynesher/E+ via Getty Images

Fake research can be harmful to your health – a new study offers a tool for rooting it out

A new screening tool to help study reviewers identify what’s fake or shoddy in research may be on the horizon. And everyday people can apply some of the same critical analysis tools.
Cars drive past a building with a huge letter Z, a symbol of the Russian military, and a hashtag reading ‘we don’t abandon our own’ in Moscow on March 30, 2022. (AP Photo)

War-time media reporting is shaping opinions about Russia’s Ukraine invasion

The transmission of truth about the war against Ukraine is a criminal offense in Russia. Without access to the complete information about the war, Russian population continues to support it.
A woman holds a sign during a protest over shutdowns to control the spread of COVID-19 in April of last year. (Shutterstock)

In order to be saved from misinformation, we need to be exposed to it

Empowering current and future generations to detect and dismiss false and misleading information will be pivotal in developing a democracy resilient to the threat of online misinformation.
Supporters cheer on truck drivers in the “freedom convoy” headed for Ottawa from an overpass in Kingston, Ont., on Jan. 28. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

For some, ignorance is bliss; for others, ignorance is something else

Our age of agnosis is increasingly coming into contact in ways beyond historical standards and recorded memory. Empathy, not apathy, is needed now more than ever before.

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