About one in five adolescent victims of sexual harassment on social media report abuse to provider

Among adolescents who encountered sexual harassment on social networking sites (mostly on Facebook), 21.8% reported the incident to the provider, but in nearly half of those cases the provider took no action, according to the results of a study reported in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free to download on the Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking website until March 11, 2016. —> Read More

Crowdsourcing Science in Just 15 Minutes

How has the most powerful El Niño in nearly two decades and the extraordinary weather patterns it spawned this winter affected birds?

You can join with tens of thousands of volunteer citizen scientists to help find the answer by spending just 15 minutes in your backyard or neighborhood this weekend during the annual Great Backyard Bird Count.

It’s science crowdsourcing at its best: Grab a pair of binoculars or just head outside and invite your family and friends to help count all the birds you spot within a 15-minute period. No previous experience necessary.

Last year, more than 140,000 citizen participants submitted their bird observations online to birdcount.org, creating the largest instantaneous snapshot of global bird populations ever recorded.

This year’s citizen count is going to be more important to science and conservation efforts than ever. We learned during our earlier citizen science event, the annual Christmas Bird Count, that this year’s record warm winter kept Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes lingering longer in the north. And other birds were showing up far from their usual homes and rest stops.

The Great Backyard Bird Count, held February 12 to 15 at the start of the spring migration season, will help scientists understand even more about the impact a record warm winter and unusually fierce storms are having on where birds are living and migrating.

Audubon – which helped originate science crowdsourcing with its annual Christmas Bird Count 116 years ago–is engaging citizen scientists to change science and conservation as we know it.
The Great Backyard Bird Count, an annual census nearly two decades old, is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society along with Canadian partner Bird Studies —> Read More

What ‘Star Wars’ Can Tell Us About Political Risk

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Global Risk Insights recently spoke with Dr. ​Zachary Feinstein at the Washington University in St. Louis about the connection between science fiction and political risk.

The human race has never known any limits to the imagination. From energy exploration on the moon to the space act signed last November by the Obama administration, space and science fiction mixes seamlessly into the possibilities of innovation and future opportunities. What lessons does this genre hold for analysts and researchers of international affairs, economics and political risk?

Science Fiction’s Beginnings

The “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” miniseries inspired by the Jules Verne novel takes place in 1886. (ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)

What is some of the history of political risk in the world of science fiction? Do we see elements of risk in works such as “The Foundation” series by ‎Isaac Asimov? What can business analysts and students of political economy and international affairs learn from works from the classical age, or from sci-fi, in general?

The history of political risk in science fiction goes back even before Isaac Asimov to the original classics. It goes to Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” it begins with an international incident. This is where political risk begins to appear in science fiction. Captain Nemo begins his journey after his family is murdered in a war.

Going forward to the “Foundation” series, you see the idea of psychohistory and the first and section foundation. This is the done by the mathematician Hari Seldon to hedge his bets in regards to the political risk and to make sure the dark ages did not extend 10,000 years. This was based on statistics, mathematics, and low probability events; psychohistory and the second “Foundations” was how to restart a stable, galactic government when —> Read More

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