Humanity

In the Biomedical World There is an Elephant in the Room Called Ebola

Len Rosen's picture

The outbreak of Ebola in West Africa has implications for world health that cannot be ignored. The disease has killed more than 660 and infected almost 1,100 in four countries since March of this year and new cases are cropping up every day.

Brain Size and Others Predictors of Teen Binge Drinking

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Keturah Hetrick's picture

In what is the largest longitudinal neuroimaging study on adolescent brains, researchers from the University of Vermont have developed a method of predicting which teenagers are most likely to binge drink.

How 21st-Century Technology is Changing Education

Len Rosen's picture

Today was the last day of the public school year here in Toronto. The youngsters are out for the summer holidays and that has made me think about just how much longer this education paradigm we have created will last.

Discarding the “Too Old” Myth

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Karen Sands's picture

I doubt that anyone is surprised that the GOP is preemptively attacking Hillary Clinton based on her age. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, and Karl Rove, Republican strategist, have both been busy in the media casting doubts on whether Ms. Clinton is fit to run for office based on age and health.

Growing Old Together

James Lee's picture

Instead of boring everyone with pictures of demographic pyramids turned upside-down, let’s look at some of the unintended consequences of aging populations worldwide.

Political Polarization: Seek First to Understand

Ramez Naam's picture

America is now more politically polarized than at any point in the last 20 years. This isn’t just Congress – this is the American people. That polarization shows up in beliefs about politics, about everyday life, and even in where conservatives and liberals live. And it’s most intense in those who are the most politically engaged.

Mexico’s Dying Languages

KETURAH HETRICK

Spanish is overtaking many native tongues.

One-third of the world’s languages are in danger of extinction, but in Mexico, the problem is even worse. Of 143 indigenous languages, 60 are in danger of extinction, according to a statement from the Center for Research and High Studies in Social Anthropology. Of those, 21 are considered critically endangered.

Creating a Future Forward College: What If. ... Collaborations in Transformational Learning

Imagine a college English professor reviewing a freshman English class syllabus—all 12 pages—and spending countless hours creating and refining assignments that will ensure that students meet the learning outcomes of the course. That professor also includes “required” quizzes and essays that will be used to measure students' aptitudes and achievements. Bound on one side by required textbooks and the other by mandatory or model assignments, the professor treads a narrowing path of pedagogy that lacks innovation, imagination, and student involvement. And the students—bored, demoralized, tired—produce equally mediocre work.

Shorter-Term Strategies to Break Addiction

Individuals who are prone to addiction typically discount the future by choosing instant gratification (e.g., drugs) over a long-term benefit (e.g., health). Ironically, those with higher rates of future discounting may be more responsive to treatment to improve self-control.

Terra Nova: The Religious Quest for Tomorrow

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Religious imagination first reframed our quest toward tomorrow. Can it still move us in the twenty-first century to recreate our worlds?

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