Geopolitics
Hypocrisy gone viral? Officials set bad COVID-19 examples  ABC NEWS · 19 hours
Few countries seem immune to the perception that politicians and officials are bending the safety rules that their own governments wrote during the pandemic more
Protected areas' location may hinder conservation efforts of refugee species  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The tendency to place protected areas in habitats that are less attractive to humans because they are not very productive may be the reason why many species remain... more
Seeing is believing: how media mythbusting can actually make false beliefs stronger  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the world, politicians, medical experts and epidemiologists have taught us about flattening curves, contact tracing, R0 and growth... more
Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking  ABC NEWS · 2 days
The meat and poultry industry has historically relied on immigrant labor to do some of the most dangerous jobs in America, from employing refugees to a notorious record of hiring immigrants in the U.S.... more
High-speed rail on Australia's east coast would increase emissions for up to 36 years  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Bullet trains are back on the political agenda. As the major parties look for ways to stimulate the economy after... more
Coronavirus shows we must get serious about the well-being of animals  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
COVID-19 raises crucial questions about how best to move forward from the pandemic and its many effects. We are reassessing key political and economic assumptions and... more
Do political beliefs affect social distancing?  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Experts say voluntary physical distancing in the United States was essential to slowing the spread of COVID-19 in the early days and weeks of the pandemic, even before such measures were mandatory. A group of researchers... more
Ousted Florida virus data curator had history of violations  ABC NEWS · 4 days
Records show that the woman who raised questions about Florida’s COVID-19 data had been reprimanded several times for violating Health Department policy, including for posting political commentary about the information more
The Latest: Largest single day jump of cases in Syria  ABC NEWS · 5 days
The Syrian government has announced the largest single day jump of recorded cases in the country more
Women quotas in politics have unintended consequences  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Aside from Indira Gandhi, Margaret Thatcher, and more recently Angela Merkel and Jacinda Ardern, women continue to be scarce in the halls of power. more
Cell tower vandals and re-open protesters: Why some people believe in coronavirus conspiracies  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
The existential threat we're facing right now might explain the proliferation of conspiracy theories, extreme political ideologies and #Reopen protests. more
The Latest: German politician: Offer help to Russia patients  ABC NEWS · 6 days
A German regional politician is reportedly suggesting taking in COVID-19 patients from Russia, which is seeing a spike in cases more
The Latest: UN again urges global cease-fire to fight virus  ABC NEWS · 6 days
The United Nations secretary-general is again urging factions in conflict to heed his call for a global cease-fire to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic more
India's treatment of Muslims and migrants puts lives at risk during COVID-19  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
In India, the second most populous country in the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed pre-existing fault lines of inequality and communalism, exposing current... more
China lawmakers gather as doubts swirl over pandemic safety  ABC NEWS · 7 days
China is convening its biggest political gathering and President Donald Trump has said he is considering holding the Group of Seven summit in June as doubts simmer over how safe... more
COVID-19: Shifting attitudes to migration?  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Attitudes towards migrants, shaped during the current COVID-19 crisis, could have a significant impact on future political decision-making about immigration policy, according to an article this week from Oxford's Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). more
UN chief: Virus could push millions of Africans into poverty  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The United Nations secretary-general is warning that the coronavirus pandemic threatens Africa’s progress and could push millions into extreme poverty more
The Latest: UN chief warns pandenic threatens Africa  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The United Nations secretary-general is warning that the coronavirus pandemic threatens Africa’s progress and could push millions into extreme poverty more
The Latest: UN recommends scaled back NY meetings in fall  ABC NEWS · 1 week
The United Nations secretary-general is recommending the annual gathering of world leaders in late September be dramatically scaled back because of the COVID-19 pandemic more
Brexit changed people's perception of immigrants for the better  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
New research by academics from four Universities including the University of Birmingham has found that anti-immigrant attitudes in the UK softened immediately following the Brexit referendum of 2016, among both... more
After the crisis: How to avoid (some of) our misleading beliefs  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman and his colleague and friend Amos Tversky formalized the concept of "cognitive bias" in 1972, and considerable research since then has shown that our brain finds it... more
The Latest: WHO has no immediate reaction to Trump letter  ABC NEWS · 1 week
A spokeswoman for the World Health Organization says the agency has no immediate reaction to a letter from U.S. President Donald Trump that listed his complaints against the... more
UN: Floods in central Somalia hit nearly 1 million people  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Flooding in central Somalia has affected nearly 1 million people, displacing about 400,000 people, the United Nations said Monday, warning of possible disease outbreaks because of crowding where... more
How are COVID-19 deaths counted?  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 week
Most COVID-19 deaths are easy to diagnose, but sometimes the immediate cause of death is not so clear, leading to accusations of politically-motivated falsification of death certificates. more
The Latest: UN chief: LGBTI vulnerable during pandemic  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning of the increasing vulnerability of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people during the COVID-19 pandemic on the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia more
Inconsistent sexual signaling degrades optimal mating decisions in animals  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Like political stump speeches and product advertisements, animal signals are highly repetitive and function to persuade receivers to adopt behaviors benefiting the signaler. And like potential constituents and consumers, receivers... more
1st COVID-19 case detected in Rohingya camps in Bangladesh  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Authorities have reported the first coronavirus case in the crowded camps for Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh more
Fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and major diseases at the same time  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers, politicians and funding bodies find themselves in front of a unique situation: The mounting pressure to accelerate and intensify efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic... more
Researchers seek to reduce food waste and establish the science of food date labeling  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Minimizing food waste is top of mind right now during the COVID-19 global pandemic, with the public concerned about the... more
The Latest: UN: Address mental health needs amid pandemic  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging governments, civil society and health authorities to urgently address mental health needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic, warning that psychological suffering is increasing more
The Latest: UN: pandemic to shrink world economy by 3.2%  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The United Nations is forecasting that the coronavirus pandemic will shrink the world economy by 3.2% this year, the sharpest contraction since the Great Depression in the 1930s more
What happens after a pandemic—or a war—is over?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The fight against COVID-19 has been equated to a war by some political leaders. While the analogy is appealing, Charles Maier, Leverett Saltonstall Research Professor of History at Harvard University and Minda... more
The Latest: UN urges religious to fight harmful messages  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
The United Nations secretary-general is urging religious leaders to challenge “inaccurate and harmful messages” fueling rising ethno-nationalism, hate speech and conflict as the coronavirus pandemic circles the globe more
'Foretaste' of Brexit: Virus cuts off much of UK farm labor  ABC NEWS · 2 weeks
Britain’s fruit and vegetable farmers have long worried that the exit from the European Union would keep out the tens of thousands of Eastern European workers... more
Study: COVID-19 pandemic dominates views of government and politics  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
The COVID-19 pandemic dominates views of government, politics and virtually all aspects of daily life, according to a new poll of Massachusetts voters. more
How is COVID-19 affecting the global economic order?  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
COVID-19 has triggered a global financial crisis and is forcing states to develop rescue packages on a scale not seen before. The crisis has called into question the US dollar's hegemony and... more
Young refugees have greater risk of developing mental disorders  NEWS MEDICAL · 2 weeks
War, torture, human trafficking and extreme poverty are just some of the appalling experiences to which refugees are exposed, both before and during their flight. Experiences such as these put... more
How is COVID-19 affecting the global economic order?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Supply chains collapse, companies are facing bankruptcy, and mass unemployment ensues. Covid-19 has triggered a global financial crisis and is forcing states to develop rescue packages on a scale not seen before.... more
Future information technologies: 3-D quantum spin liquid revealed  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Quantum spin liquids are candidates for potential use in future information technologies. So far, quantum spin liquids have usually only been found in one or two dimensional magnetic systems only. Now an... more
For parents of color, schooling at home can be an act of resistance  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
My six-year-old hates the British. To be more specific, the British Empire that ruled over up to a quarter of the world's... more
GOP in power grab to rein in Dem governors on virus response  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The politics over fighting the coronavirus pandemic is playing out in statehouses across the country more
Incel terrorist attacks pose an increasing threat  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that self-identified "incels' (involuntary celibates, young men who cannot find female sexual partners), present a national security issue. more
Meet 8 people around the world hustling to survive pandemic  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
From India to Argentina, in refugee camps and capital cities, millions struggling to get by on the economic margins of societies have had their lives made even harder... more
Amid pandemic, the world's working poor hustle to survive  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
From India to Argentina, in refugee camps and capital cities, millions struggling to get by on the economic margins of societies have had their lives made even harder by pandemic... more
The Latest: U.N. chief calls for end to virus hate speech  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the coronavirus pandemic keeps unleashing “a tsunami of hate and xenophobia, scapegoating and scare-mongering.” more
Coronavirus could shrink European space industry by 1 billion euros, politicians warn  SPACE NEWS · 3 weeks
Seven members of the European Parliament, the legislative branch of the European Union, are pushing for a recovery plan for space companies hurt by... more
The Latest: UN looking for help in coronavirus fight  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The United Nations is appealing to governments, companies and billionaires to contribute to a $6.7 billion appeal to fight the coronavirus pandemic in vulnerable countries more
How the pandemic and an anti-vax health official are roiling a Montana community  NEWS MEDICAL · 3 weeks
Even as Montana begins a gradual easing of stay-at-home restrictions intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the political schism it... more
Politics stall push to shelter homeless in San Francisco  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
San Francisco's mayor is under growing pressure to house all of the city's 8,000 homeless residents in hotel rooms left empty by the coronavirus pandemic more
Second skin protects against chemical, biological agents  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Recent events such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the use of chemical weapons in the Syria conflict have provided a stark reminder of the plethora of chemical and biological threats that soldiers, medical personnel... more
Fractures in many nations widen as virus lockdowns ease  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Regional and political fractures are emerging in many nations over how fast to lift the lid on coronavirus-imposed lockdowns, as worries about economic devastation collide with fears of a second... more
The Latest: UN ups appeal to fight virus to $6.7 billion  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
The United Nations is increasing its appeal to fight the coronavirus pandemic in fragile and vulnerable countries from $2 billion to $6.7 billion more
Spain averts political crisis, extends virus lockdown  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Spain’s left-wing coalition government has averted — for now — a political crisis on top of the enormous challenge the country already faces from the devastating coronavirus outbreak more
Old democracies cope better with severe crisis than newer ones  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
In established democracies with a long experience of democracy, the risk of democratic breakdown, in the face of a crisis like the current corona-crisis, is low. The outlook... more
The coronavirus is costing us more than just our health and economy  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Civil liberties are among the oldest, most recognized human rights. Their contemporary expression as legal claims based on civil and political rights is more... more
Spain to avert political crisis, extend virus lockdown  ABC NEWS · 3 weeks
Spain's government appears to have saved the country from a political crisis on top of a battle against its devastating coronavirus outbreak more
How race affects listening during political conversations  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A new study offers a rare look at how black and white people listen to each other during political discussions, including those that touch on controversial issues about race. more
2016 presidential campaign emails reveal strategy, surprises  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
While public discussion during and after the 2016 presidential campaign between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton largely focused on emails and email servers, a team of political science scholars zeroed in on email communications... more
Study: Environmental protection policies, clean technology mandates can spur economic growth  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The economic ideas that dominate global climate policy have undergone a "major transformation" over the past three decades, from strictly market-based notions to recent diversified approaches... more
Saving lives while protecting freedoms in the age of COVID-19  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Political scientist Yascha Mounk opened Friday's conversation about the "deep moral tradeoffs that face us" during the COVID-19 pandemic by asking if Americans truly have to choose between... more
Roving bandits and looted coastlines: How the global appetite for sand is fueling a crisis  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Next to water, sand is our most consumed natural resource. The global demand for sand and gravel stands... more
Too many left behind: The failing of COVID-19 prevention measures in informal settlements  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Around a quarter of the world's urban population—over 1 billion people – live in informal settlements and slums, the United Nations estimated... more
English scientist Roger Bacon's 800-year-old tonic for what ails us: The truth  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
It seems that science has been taking a beating lately. From decades of denial by the tobacco industry that smoking causes cancer to more... more
Virus restrictions stymie signature-gathering campaigns  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Social distancing rules and bans on mass gatherings during the coronavirus outbreak have made the crucial signature-gathering process of American electoral politics all but impossible more
Maryland seeks probe of company that failed to deliver masks  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Maryland officials are seeking an investigation into a politically-connected company that contracted to provide the state with $12.5 million worth of personal protective equipment that never arrived more
Lives Lost: Virus silences angelic voice of WWII evacuee  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
After Allied bombs laid waste to Vienna, Hannelore Cruz traveled to Portugal as a refugee from hunger, cold and postwar deprivation more
Does 'participatory budgeting' lead to political patronage?  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Participatory Budgeting began in Brazil in 1988 and then, in 2011, New York City adopted the practice, giving citizens an opportunity to determine priorities for public spending in their communities. more
Germany wary of lifting lockdown, despite economic pain  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Politicians and scientists in Germany pushed back against calls for a rapid relaxation of pandemic restrictions more
Going beyond political borders to protect threatened animals  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
During a global extinction crisis and rapidly changing world, many nations are now looking to harden their borders to restrict the movement of people. more
The Latest: Group concerned about COVID-19 aid for Syria  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
Human Rights Watch says medical supplies to prevent and treat the new coronavirus are not reaching northeast Syria because of restrictions imposed by the Syrian government and the Kurdish regional... more
Red-flagging misinformation could slow the spread of fake news on social media  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A new study on the spread of disinformation reveals that pairing headlines with credibility alerts from fact checkers, the public, news media and even... more
Will coronavirus help or hinder women's candidacies?  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Women's leadership has drawn a lot of praise during the COVID-19 crisis, including for politicians like New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and chief medical officers Theresa Tam and Bonnie Henry. more
ESA in a post Covid-19 world  ESA · 4 weeks
As the coronavirus pandemic wreaks vast changes on people’s daily lives, ESA is examining how space can help improve life on Earth both during... more
Perception of US democracy tanks after Trump impeachment  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
While President Donald Trump's impeachment gripped the country in late 2019 and early 2020, the long-term consequences of his trial and acquittal for American democracy remain yet unclear. What's clear already, however,... more
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