Only about 1 in 5 computer scientists are women.
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Could it be that girls aren’t pursuing jobs in computer science and engineering because society has told them that’s not what they want to do? Three scholars weigh in.
Some of the first South African COVID-19 vaccine trial volunteers at the Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, in 2020.
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The strong disapproval of the South African government’s handling of the pandemic is a warning that crafting persuasive pro-vaccine messages is not enough.
Different African countries must come up with home grown solutions to curb misinformation or disinformation.
Users do spend some time thinking about whether information is true; the decision to share it (even if it’s fake news) depends on the topic and the type of message.
Kenya and South Africa have a high exposure to disinformation.
Researchers found that both Kenyans and South Africans have a broadly negative view of China, possibly amplified by the pandemic.
Les jeunes Noirs sont peut-être moins susceptibles que les autres jeunes de partager leurs sentiments de solitude ou de dépression, ce qui pourrait expliquer le fait que le taux de suicide est plus élevé au sein de cette catégorie de la population.
Les jeunes Afro-Américains courent un risque accru de mourir par suicide. Les explications tiennent largement au racisme, au harcèlement et à l’aliénation dont ils font l’objet.
Lake Victoria’s past is key to understanding its future.
Black youth may be less likely to share their thoughts of loneliness or depression than other youth, which could be a reason for higher rates of death by suicide among black youth.
African American youth are at increased risk for death by suicide. An expert explains why it’s important to better understand the effects of racism, bullying and alienation on black youth.
People have different reasons for not showing up on Election Day.
In the 2016 election, more than a third of Americans didn’t vote. What might be keeping them from going to the polls?
Be skeptical of organic claims on cleaning products and other nonfood goods.
What does it mean to call a nonfood product like lipstick organic? Federal regulators allow such claims, but have set few standards defining them.
Are you trapped in an echo chamber?
When the organization of a social network impacts political discussion on a large scale, the consequences can be enormous.
Nigerians have the lowest trust in the country’s media, thanks to widespread misinformation.
Disinformation in Africa often takes the form of extreme speech inciting violence and spreading racist, misogynous, xenophobic messages.
Survivors of the dam disaster take refuge at a temporary shelter in Laos’s Attapeu province.
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Images of the aftermath of the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy dam collapse in Laos went around the world. But many other dam projects harm locals and the environment in less visible ways.
Hunger among college students is a growing problem.
It’s hard to succeed in college if you’re hungry. But more than half of community college students don’t have access to affordable and healthy food. What difference can food scholarships make?
The court ruled unanimously that access to social media is an essential right.
Use of data-driven risk assessments in sentencing may be heard by the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court may soon hear a case on data-driven criminal sentencing. Research suggests that algorithms are not as good as we think they are at making these decisions.
Indoor marijuana farms are becoming one of the most energy-intensive industries in the United States.
As more states legalize marijuana, growing pot indoors is consuming massive quantities of energy. Rules for this new industry should include requirements to use clean power or pay carbon fees.
Many developing countries are highly urbanised but lack large industrial sectors.
Developing countries, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa, are urbanising without industrialising, a trajectory that leaves them with relatively higher poverty rates and share of slums.
Nos sociétés ont le bec sucré, tant pis pour la kyrielle de maladies qui sont la conséquence de cette envie irrépressible de sucre. Un détour par l’histoire éclaire les enjeux de cette consommation.
Like many great challenges of the 21st century, the science identifying the problems with sugar seems clear. What’s lacking is the will to address them.
That good? Amen to that.
Ever felt depressed just from scrolling through Facebook? This might be why.