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Local Communities Vital to Forest Conservation

By Kristin Drexler, faculty member, Human Ecology and Forestry, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math at American Public University...more

It's Black Breastfeeding Week -- and Yes, We Need It

World Black Breastfeeding Week begins on August 25, 2015 and I am already hearing the negative, disapproving buzz in the lactation community. I will never understand why anyone—especially lactation consultants—disapproves of World Black Breastfeeding Week. As International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, we have an ethical responsibility to support all cultures, and this includes African-American women....more

Brazil: Cunha charged with corruption and money laundering

Eduardo Cunha, whom the WaPo once referred to as Brazil’s evangelical Frank Underwood has been charged: On Thursday, Brazilian Attorney General Rodrigo Janot formally charged Eduardo Cunha, Brazil’s highest-ranking lawmaker with commanding a farrago of felonies, including shaking down suppliers of Petrobras, the scandal-ridden national oil company, for some $5 million, and then laundering the bribes through more than 100 financial operations from Montevideo to Monaco. Mac Margolis explains: Ever since Cunha won the right to the top microphone in Congress, trouncing Rousseff’s own candidate for the job, the Rio de Janeiro lawmaker has dedicated his mandate to making her life miserable, delaying revenue raising initiatives and planting some “fiscal bombs” in Congress that would plump constituents’ earnings at the expense of the swelling public deficit. So how do you say schadenfreude in Portuguese? ...more

Portrait Of A Doomed Small Business

Since I live in a very small house with two small children and one large husband, I’m always looking for a good place to take my laptop on the road. I figure the $3-4 I spend on coffee isn’t bad rent for several hours of office space at a café. However, the closest one was 45 minutes away until recently ....more

HLF2015 / Stefan Hell and the Difficult Task of Communicating Science

It turns out that the idea behind the Heidelberg Laureate Forum isn't exactly new. In fact, Nobel laureates and young scientists have been meeting in Lindau for more than 50 years, and it is these events that HLF is modelled on. For the first time, to show the strong affiliation between the events, we have a Nobel laureate speaking at HLF, and a laureate from HLF will speak at the next Lindau meeting.This year, we were honoured to hear from Stefan Hell, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2014 ....more

HLF2015 / Pomp and Circumstance at the Opening Ceremony

This blog post originates from the Heidelberg Laureate Forum Blog. The 3rd Heidelberg Laureate Forum is dedicated to mathematics and computer sciences, and takes place August 23-28, 2015. Abel, Fields, Turing and Nevanlinna Laureates will join the forum and meet 200 selected international young researchers.The importance of the Heidelberg Laureate Forum really hit home for me when I saw how much effort was being put into making the event special for both the laureates and young researchers ....more

En español: Los spots de campaña de Sergio Massa

Advertencia: Contiene malas palabras ...more

Bolivia: The catch in the numbers

Mac Margolis at Bloomberg writes about Bolivia’s Hollow Victory in the War on Drugs Last week the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime turned some heads. In a much-publicized press conference in La Paz, the UN announced Bolivia had reduced the amount of land planted with coca — the waxy leafed bush from which cocaine is made — for the fourth year running. So far, so good, but (emphasis added), Soon after the UN announced its survey, critics noted that the report focused on the coca leaf but omitted data on how much of the crop is being converted to cocaine ....more

Zeus Malware Gang take-down

Zeus is no longer a god of malware; he’s been taken down by law enforcement agencies spanning six European nations. Five people were recently arrested—believed to have infected tens of thousands of computers across the globe. There have been 60 total arrests pertaining to this cybergang....more

Think About The Future: Diversity Might Be The Legacy Media’s Last Hope

For legacy newsrooms to have a future in a diverse society, they can no longer look like this, according to a new book. By DENISE CLAY Journalism organizations geared toward women and people of color have for years made the argument that the only way that the mainstream media can survive and truly serve the public as a source of information is to make an effort to make the nation’s newsrooms more reflective of the citizens they serve. But according to a new book, for the mainstream media to survive, it needs to adapt to a combination of changing demographics and a more tech-savvy populace of traditionally marginalized communities that will use social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to tell the stories that these media outlets refuse to tell ....more