HAWTHORNE, Calif., Nov. 22 (UPI) — On Saturday, Elon Musk announced via Twitter his company SpaceX is testing ‘drone ships and new rocket fins he refers to as ‘x-wing config.’ —> Read More Here
In this guest post, one of my doctoral students Asmaa Khadim, who is a Canadian lawyer, presents perspectives on the growing trend for large national funds to divest from particular industries that they consider socially or environmentally problematic. Is this making any positive change? This article explores how in a few cases some signs of influence from such divestment strategies on the performance of companies.
Guest article by Asmaa Khadim
Divestment (also known as disinvestment) generally entails the use of economic means to pressure an entity, such as a corporation or government, towards a change in its policies or practices. It usually involves the reduction of an asset to achieve an ethical objective. Organized economic boycotts have been utilized in a variety of situations where the practices of the impugned entity have been deemed to violate the norms of society, such as in the case of the tobacco industry, arms manufacturers and governments that support policies of apartheid. More recently, divestment strategies have made their way into the environmental protection sphere.
The Norwegian government in particular has taken some promising steps toward —> Read More Here
MONTEREY BAY, Calif., Nov. 22 (UPI) — Living “black seadevil” deep-sea anglerfish captured on video in its habitat by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California. —> Read More Here
LHASA, Tibet, Nov. 22 (UPI) — Geologists from Caltech and civil engineers from the China Earthquake Administration have discovered an ancient canyon buried in South Tibet. —> Read More Here
For the first time, researchers have grown a single atomic layer of tungsten diselenide on a one- atom-thick substrate of graphene with pristine interfaces between the two layers using an industrially scalable technique. —> Read More Here
Digoxin, a drug commonly used to treat heart conditions, was associated with a 71 percent higher risk of death and a 63 percent higher risk of hospitalization among adults with diagnosed atrial fibrillation and no evidence of heart failure, according to a study. —> Read More Here
New research raises concern about potential long-term harmful impact of ‘antiretroviral therapy’ on in-utero infants whose mothers are HIV-positive, but who are not infected with HIV themselves. The study shows that while the HIV medications have been successful in helping to prevent the transmission of the virus from mother to infant, they are associated with persistently impaired development of heart muscle and reduced heart performance in non-HIV-infected children whose mothers received the medicines years earlier. —> Read More Here
An intervention that uses music and games to help preschoolers learn self-regulation skills is helping prepare at-risk children for kindergarten, a new study shows. Self-regulation skills — the skills that help children pay attention, follow directions, stay on task and persist through difficulty — are critical to a child’s success in kindergarten and beyond, said a co-author of the new study. —> Read More Here
We are all familiar with the security hassles that accompany air travel. Now a new type of security detection that uses terahertz radiation is looking to prove its promise. Researchers have developed a room temperature, compact, tunable terahertz source that could lead to advances in homeland security and space exploration. Able to detect explosives, chemical agents and dangerous biological substances from safe distances, devices using terahertz waves could make public spaces more secure than ever. —> Read More Here
Rejecting unsuitable romantic partners is easy in hypothetical situations, but not so when considering a face-to-face proposition, a new study shows. “When actually faced with a potential date, we don’t like to reject a person and make them feel bad, which is not necessarily something that people anticipate when they imagine making these choices,” says the study’s lead researcher. —> Read More Here