The neuroscience of fake news

Fake news works at a cognitive level to shape our perceptions and drive our decisions. Shutterstock Fake news grabs our attention, produces false memories and appeals to our emotions by Rachel Anne Barr, Université Laval “Fake news” is a relatively new term, yet it’s now seen as one of the greatest threats to democracy and […]

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Climate crisis: other options for drowning islands

RWBrooks/Shutterstock.com Climate crisis: migration cannot be the only option for people living on ‘drowning’ islands by Becky Alexis-Martin, Manchester Metropolitan University; James Dyke, University of Exeter; Jonathon Turnbull, University of Cambridge, and Stephanie Malin, Colorado State University The evidence of the climate crisis is now undeniable. But state responses to climate change often have social […]

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‘Gay gene’ search reveals not one but many

The biology of same-sex attraction seems to involve a host of genes. Photo by Dewald Kirsten/Shutterstock Not one but many “gay genes” — and no way to predict sexuality by BrendanZietsch, The University of Queensland It has long been clear that a person’s sexual preference – whether they prefer male or female sexual partners, or […]

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Boff, Demystifying Amazonia

Amazonia burns. IBAMA archive photo. The Amazon: neither savage, nor the world’s lungs or granary by Leonardo Boff The Pan-Amazon Synod that will take place in Rome this October, requires a better knowledge of the Amazon ecosystem. Myths must be ferreted out. The first myth: the Indigenous people as wild, genuinely natural, and therefore, in […]

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UN says land clearing and farming are major climate change drivers

Farming emits greenhouse gases, but the land can also store them. Johny Goerend/Unsplash, CC BY-SA UN: land clearing and farming contribute one-third of the world’s greenhouse gases by Mark Howden, Australian National University We can’t achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement without managing emissions from land use, according to a special report released […]

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Panama amphibians photo contest / Concurso de fotos de anfibios de Panamá

Red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas). Photo by Prachi Dadhich. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute invites you to participate in a photo contest: THE AMPHIBIANS OF PANAMA Competition rules: To celebrate the Panama Golden Frog Festival, and with the desire to raise awareness about the environment, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute invites those over 15 years […]

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