In Brazil, Attacking the Forest to Save It

In Brazil, Attacking the Forest to Save It

Scientific American – The following is an excerpt from Visit Sunny Chernobyl: And Other Adventures In the World’s Most Polluted Places, by Andrew Blackwell (Rodale, 2012). The highway in the dark as the kilometers ticked by. We were driving south from Santarém on BR-163, one of the few highways to cut across the Brazilian Amazon. My friend Adam and I were headed for a turnoff somewhere in the low 70s. There, we would meet some people who spent their days ripping trees out of a protected rainforest. … Somehow, it was all legal. Read article

Open-access deal for particle physics

Nature – The entire field of particle physics is set to switch to open-access publishing, a milestone in the push to make research results freely available to readers. Particle physics is already a paragon of openness, with most papers posted on the preprint server arXiv. But peer-reviewed versions are still published in subscription journals, and publishers and research consortia at facilities such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have previously had to strike piecemeal deals to free up a few hundred articles. Read article

Behavior Issues Are a Bigger Headache for Children With Migraines, Research Reveals

ScienceDaily — Kids who get migraine headaches are much more likely than other children to also have behavioral difficulties, including social and attention issues, and anxiety and depression. The more frequent the headaches, the greater the effect, according to research out now in the journal Cephalagia, published by SAGE. The authors say that this is the first large, community based study of its kind to look at how children’s behavioural and emotional symptoms correlate with migraine and tension-type headaches (TTH), and to incorporate data on headache frequency. Read article

KU medical school faculty receive pay from drug companies

KCJB – Faculty members at the University of Kansas Medical Center received from $600 to $161,000 to speak at events sponsored by drug companies, The Lawrence Journal-World reports. Citing information in a ProPublica database, the Journal-World said that 18 KU Med faculty members received money for drug company events since 2009. A total of 26 faculty members have been paid for research, consulting or speaking by eight drug companies, according to the publication. Read article

UK CCTV cameras being used in school changing rooms and toilets

Guardian – More than 200 schools across Britain are using CCTV cameras in pupils’ toilets or changing rooms, according to figures obtained by anti-surveillance campaigners, who warned that the research raised serious questions about the privacy of schoolchildren. A total of 825 cameras were located in the toilets or changing rooms of 207 schools across England, Scotland and Wales, according to data provided by more than 2,000 schools. Read Article

News Archive In Focus – Education (432 articles)

A right to education has been created and recognized by the European Convention on Human Rights and, at the global level, the United Nations’ International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights guarantees this right. Despite this edict, education in its broadest, is still not consistently mapped out or provided in even the most developed of nations. For a comprehensive view of world news about Education; its institutions, policies and methodologies read our news archive of 432 articles. CLICK HERE

US Private school vaccine opt-outs rise

Daily Mail – Parents who send their children to private schools in California are much more likely to opt out of immunizations than their public school counterparts, an Associated Press analysis has found, and not even the recent re-emergence of whooping cough has halted the downward trajectory of vaccinations among these students. The state surveys all schools with at least 10 kindergartners to determine how many have all the recommended immunizations. The AP analyzed that data and found the percentage of children in private schools who forego some or all vaccinations is more than two times greater than in public schools. Read article

Thousands in Hong Kong education protest

Financial Times – Thousands of Hong Kong parents and their children marched on Sunday against a plan to introduce Chinese national education at local schools, in a show of resistance to official attempts to shape the identity of the former British colony. Eddie Ng, secretary for education, said on Saturday that Hong Kong would introduce the curriculum aimed at fostering a sense of national identity starting in September and make it compulsory within three years. Read Article

Omega-3 may help struggling children to read, says study

The Guardian – Children with the worst reading skills could improve their literacy with daily supplements of fatty acids found in fish, seafood and some algae, researchers claim. Scientists gave a daily 600mg omega-3 fatty acid pill to children aged seven to nine and found that those whose reading skills were in the lowest fifth of the normal range improved over the four months of the study. Read article

New headset can hack into human brains – Scientists have discovered a way to hack the human brain using a headset that you can buy off the shelf. The Emotiv BCI headset only costs US$299 ($184) and can be used to play video games, as a hands-free keyboard or to assist in relaxation training. It has been used to assist mentally and physically disabled people operate a wheelchair and to communicate online. Read article

Cost Of College Degree In U.S. Soars 12 Fold

Bloomberg – The cost of obtaining a university education in the U.S. has soared 12 fold over the past three decades, a sign the educational system is in need of reform, according to lawmakers in both parties. The CHART OF THE DAY shows college tuition and fees have surged 1,120 percent since records began in 1978, four times faster than the increase in the consumer price index. Medical expenses have climbed 601 percent, while the price of food has increased 244 percent over the same period. Read Article

The Number Of Desperately Poor People In Japan Is Growing At An Alarming Rate

Business Insider – Having failed to graduate from high school in a country that places significant emphasis on education and where 92 percent of the population graduates, Hiro knew his prospects of a steady job in a Japanese company were slim. But, he says, “I never thought it would be this bad. I didn’t ever expect to be rich, but I never thought it would be this tough,” says the 27-year-old, who asked to be identified only by his first name out of respect to his family. Read Article

Forced Pregnancy Tests Or Expulsion? ACLU Blasts Louisiana Charter School For Illegal Policy

Inquisitr – Forced pregnancy tests have been written into the official student rules at a Louisiana charter school, one that is public, and the American Civil Liberties Union has blasted the school in a letter for what they say is clearly illegal action under federal laws. Read Article

Marines aim to counter teachers’ opposition to recruiting students

LA Times – The bellowing from the drill instructors began as soon as the newcomers arrived. “GET OFF THE BUS!” barked one D.I. It’s a ritual reenacted countless times since 1923, when young men first began coming to boot camp to see if they were tough enough to be Marines.But last week’s group was not composed of frightened young recruits. Instead they were high school teachers, guidance counselors and administrators from school districts in the Los Angeles and Sacramento areas. All had accepted the Marine Corps’ invitation to spend four days at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, watching the training and talking to recruits, enlisted Marines and senior officers. Read Article

Thousands in HK protest China patriotism classes

AP – Tens of thousands including teachers and parents pushing strollers took to Hong Kong streets Sunday to protest the upcoming introduction of Chinese patriotism classes they fear will lead to brainwashing, the latest sign of growing discomfort over Beijing’s influence in the semiautonomous territory. Read article

Singapore Law Professor in Sex-for-Grades Corruption Case

Bloomberg – National University of Singapore associate professor of law Tey Tsun Hang was charged with corruption for allegedly trading better grades for sex with a female student. The student gave Tey, 41, a Mont Blanc pen, two tailored shirts, an Apple Inc. iPod Touch and had sex with him twice, according to a charge sheet filed today at the Subordinate Courts of Singapore. Tey, who was suspended by the university, said he would contest the charges. Read Article

Interactive health records may boost preventive care

Reuters – Medical records that patients can access online may encourage more people to get recommended screening tests and immunizations, a new study suggests. In a clinical trial at eight primary care practices, researchers found that patients who used such “interactive” health records were more likely to become up-to-date on recommended preventive care. Read article

ACLU Sues Michigan And Highland Park Schools Over Low Literacy Rates

Huffington Post – Michigan’s Highland Park School District has been the source of fierce debate this year due to its financial difficulties and the appointments of state-imposed emergency managers. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is now taking action to make sure the district’s academics are also part of the conversation. On Thursday the organization filed a class-action lawsuit, the first of its kind, against the state of Michigan, state agencies overseeing public education and the Highland Park school system. Read Article

Patients avoid disagreeing with doctor, may ignore advice

Reuters – Most people are unwilling to contradict their doctor in discussions on medical treatment, according to a U.S. survey showing that most want a say in treatment decisions or they may end up not following the advice. The findings, which appeared in the Archives of Internal Medicine, are based on an online panel of 1,340 adults who were told to imagine they had heart disease and then asked how they wanted to be involved in their own treatment. Read article

News Archive In Focus – Education (415 articles)

A right to education has been created and recognized by the European Convention on Human Rights and, at the global level, the United Nations’ International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights guarantees this right. Despite this edict, education in its broadest, is still not consistently mapped out or provided in even the most developed of nations. For a comprehensive view of world news about Education; its institutions, policies and methodologies read our news archive of 415 articles. CLICK HERE

Guatemalan students protest over education reform

BBC – Dozens of people have been injured in Guatemala in clashes between police and students protesting against education reform in the capital, Guatemala City. Among those injured are the ministers for education and the interior, who were caught up in the clashes. Read article

Primary schools praised for labelling four-year-olds ‘transgender’

The Telegraph – A report found young pupils were being encouraged to express themselves and permitted to dress as the opposite sex without judgment. The education watchdog highlighted examples of good practice, such as appreciating “that a boy may prefer to be known as a girl and have a girl’s name and similarly a girl may have a girl’s name but wants to dress as and be a boy”. Read Article