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Investing in science can help put food on Africa’s plates

Investing in science can help put food on Africa’s plates

Food shortages, hunger, starvation and long-term food security are not new issues in Africa, nor elsewhere in the developing world. Food security means that all people, at all times, have both physical and economic access to enough food for an active, healthy life. The most recent figures suggest that food security is far from a […] … learn more→

Mandela effect rising?

Mandela effect rising?

I’m in the mood to talk about something besides higher education (it does happen), and something recently just blew my mind. The Mandela Effect is a relatively recent (or at least recently defined) phenomenon, where a certain proportion of the population doesn’t remember what is considered “accepted” reality, instead recalling things slightly differently. It comes […] … learn more→

How to stop the world’s 3.1 billion young people being left behind

How to stop the world’s 3.1 billion young people being left behind

There are more young people in the world than ever before. While some see the planet’s 3.1 billion under 25-year-olds as a threat, others see the true potential of this demographic dividend. On International Youth Day on August 12, it’s clear that radical action is needed to help disadvantaged young people around the world fulfil […] … learn more→

Set to stun

Set to stun

It was just a dumb fight. Two boys, both juniors, stood in the hallway discussing a classic teenage hypothetical: whether one of them could win in a fight against another student. But when one of the teens, Scott, said he didn’t think his friend could win, things turned personal. They flung curse words back and […] … learn more→

Campuses set for more riots

Campuses set for more riots

I’ve mentioned a few times how identity politics is dementing our campuses, turning them into basket cases that no longer focus on education and research. I trust many of my readers have seen reports of campuses shut down due to student protests demanding certain skin colors or genders get even more special considerations than they […] … learn more→

“Thucydides” on “Right to work”

“Thucydides” on “Right to work”

Moose McGillicuddy had just opened his tavern on a quiet weekday morning, wanting to do some cleaning before people began to stop in for lunch. He was having a hot cup of coffee sitting at the bar and reading the Daily Standard. A headline caught his eye: “Legislator introduces RTW bill.” It was Rep. John […] … learn more→

Britain may be leaving the EU, but English is going nowhere

Britain may be leaving the EU, but English is going nowhere

After Brexit, there are various things that some in the EU hope to see and hear less in the future. One is Nigel Farage. Another is the English language. In the early hours of June 24, as the referendum outcome was becoming clear, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, left-wing MEP and French presidential candidate, tweeted that “English cannot […] … learn more→

From dating profiles to Brexit – how to spot an online lie

From dating profiles to Brexit – how to spot an online lie

There are three things you can be sure of in life: death, taxes – and lying. The latter certainly appears to have been borne out by the UK’s recent Brexit referendum, with a number of the Leave campaign’s pledges looking more like porkie pies than solid truths. But from internet advertising, visa applications and academic […] … learn more→

Please think twice — maybe three times — before sharing a political post on Facebook

Please think twice — maybe three times — before sharing a political post on Facebook

OPINION: If you share a political post on Facebook, I think less of you It’s not that I mind people discussing politics online. I’ve done it, and in a few of those cases I’ve even enjoyed it. It’s the particular act specific to Facebook of “sharing” that infuriates me. I have some friends who have […] … learn more→

Removing social media hate speech within 24 hours sounds like a good idea, but…

Removing social media hate speech within 24 hours sounds like a good idea, but…

In a bid to fight escalating anti-migrant propaganda, the European Commission this month released a blueprint for regulating online hate, which requires social media companies to take down racist material within 24 hours. This joint code of conduct sounds like a positive political compromise. But it’s unclear how it will work in practice and how […] … learn more→