Academics and universities are in a race: to produce high impact publications, to gain citations, bring in grant income and climb university rankings. In this rat race, perhaps the true path to academic success gets lost. —> Read More
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The blackpoll warbler accomplishes a mighty big feat for a such a little bird.
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If you were tasked to end hunger and malnutrition in the world, you might first ask: Where do such vulnerable people live? It may be a surprise that the majority of the world’s hungry and malnourished live in large Middle Income Countries (MICs), some of which are global economic powerhouses. These countries are hosts to the Missing Middle, or vulnerable populations that tend not to either benefit from or contribute to the rapid economic growth that is characteristic of their countries.
To shine a spotlight on this issue, I co-wrote a chapter on the urgent need to find solutions for the Missing Middle in the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) 2014/2015 Global Food Policy Report with Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme. We focused on five MICs: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Mexico which, despite their impressive progress in reducing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition, are still home to 363 million hungry people.
Further, undernutrition remains a problem in these countries: about half the children in India and one-third in Indonesia are stunted, and Mexico and China have yet to eliminate undernutrition. And alarmingly, overweight and obesity are on the rise in China, India, and Indonesia. In Mexico and Brazil, the alarm has long since sounded, as the majority of adults are overweight. In Mexico, a third are obese.
I do not want to understate the great strides and concerted efforts these countries have made so far. Between 1990 and 2014, Brazil reduced hunger by almost two-thirds, and China and Indonesia by more than one-half. China and Brazil also greatly reduced child stunting in that time. Yet to really end poverty, hunger, and malnutrition for the poorest and most vulnerable, even more must be done.
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An international team of astronomers using data from two ESA’s space telescopes, Planck and Herschel, has identified more than 200 proto-clusters of galaxies in the distant Universe, many of which were magnified by other galaxies lying in front of them via gravitational lensing. Galaxies like our own are usually not found in isolation. In the [...] —> Read More
The Force – the mysterious energy field used by the Jedi in Star Wars – has been discovered by researchers at the Cern laboratory in an April Fools prank. —> Read More
Today, a joint MIT and Harvard University research team published one of the largest investigations of massive open online courses (MOOCs) to date. Building on these researchers’ prior work—a January 2014 report describing the first year of open online courses launched on edX, a nonprofit learning platform founded by the two institutions—the latest effort incorporates another year of data, bringing the total to nearly 70 courses in subjects from programming to poetry. —> Read More
Playing video games (stock image shown) makes you better at learning tasks than non-gamers, a study by Brown University in Rhode Island has claimed. —> Read More
The livelihoods of India’s waste pickers could get a boost from an online tool that matches the landfill workers to locals who need rubbish taking away
Why your skin is so tough: Revolting experiments reveal how collagen straightens and stretches when pulled
Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California used skin samples from dead rabbits to study the microscopic changes that make it resistant to tears. —> Read More