Are humans really the best role models for a robot?

Harvard's AI+Art project aims to get people thinking about how artificial intelligence may impact our lives in the future.

Alvin Powell • harvard
yesterday ~12 min

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Children's climate change case at the European Court of Human Rights: what's at stake?

Six Portuguese youngsters say 33 countries have violated their human rights by causing climate change.

Sam Varvastian, PhD Researcher, Cardiff University • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

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Why Mauritius is culling an endangered fruit bat that exists nowhere else

Conflict between fruit-growers, the Mauritian government and conservationists has dragged on for years – it's time for a new approach.

Tigga Kingston, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University • conversation
Nov. 26, 2020 ~7 min

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Fishing industry must do more to tackle human rights abuses – here's where to start

One in six fishers in the Gulf of Thailand have been coerced or deceived into working against their will.

Chris Armstrong, Professor of Political Theory, University of Southampton • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Laughing is good for your mind and your body – here's what the research shows

Whether in the form of a discreet titter or a full-on roar, laughter comes with many benefits for physical and mental health.

Janet M. Gibson, Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Grinnell College • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~8 min

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Taking the pulse of local politics

Asya Magazinnik finds disparate implementation of national policies in jurisdictions across the United States.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Political Science • mit
Nov. 19, 2020 ~8 min

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Racial discrimination ages Black Americans faster, according to a 25-year-long study of families

A study of 800 Black American families shows early experiences of racism have long-term consequences for physical and mental health.

Sierra Carter, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Georgia State University • conversation
Nov. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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