By Sapiens.com Throughout 2018, anthropologists have contributed to the world’s knowledge by exploring ancient caves and firepits to reveal clues about our deep history and evolution, journeying into obscure corners of the planet to study modern cultures, and analyzing the chemical makeup of our bones and the nature of human...
Natasha Pilkauskas, University of Michigan In a recent study, I discovered that the number of kids living with their parents and grandparents – in what demographers call a three-generation household – has nearly doubled over the past two decades. Why has this been happening? And is it a good thing or...
We often use the size and growth a country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as an indicator of its progress in national development. But GDP, or the measure of the monetary value of goods and services produced by a country, doesn't fully reflect the reality. Here are some reasons why GDP...
September 13 is observed as the World Sepsis Day. Here are some facts that you should know about the lifethreatening illness that kills millions every year. 1. Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction which occurs when a person has an infection and the body’s reaction injures tissues and organs. This...
By Nandini Basak Kerala, known for its beautiful backwaters and greenery, was devastated due to severe flooding and heavy rainfall. Between June 1 and August 18, the state as a whole received 2344.84 mm of rain against a normal course of 1649.3 mm, which was 42.17% more than usual. In districts...
shutterstock. Carolyn Roberts, Keele University The saying goes that the Taj Mahal is pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening, and golden when the moon shines. Though this may once have been true for the famously pristine marble monument, a mixture of pollution and poor management has now burdened...
Vadim Sadovski / shutterstock Richard Betts, University of Exeter A new scientific paper proposing a scenario of unstoppable climate change has gone viral, thanks to its evocative description of a “Hothouse Earth”. Much of the media coverage suggests that we face an imminent and unavoidable extreme climate catastrophe. But as a...
Shutterstock Sharon Fonn, University of the Witwatersrand After a four and a half year probe initiated by South Africa’s Competition Commission, a panel of independent experts released their preliminary report into the country’s private health care market. The Conversation Africa spoke to Sharon Fonn, who was on the panel of experts,...
By Soila Apparicio, Climate Home News Liberia is about to join 178 other parties in ratifying the Paris Agreement, after its senate voted in June to approve the deal. The west African nation will soon finalise the ratification process at the UN headquarters in New York, according to a government official. There...
African women do a lot of unpaid work that isn’t captured in GDP calculations. Rafal Cichawa/Shutterstock Luke Messac, University of Pennsylvania It’s been nearly 80 years since British economists James Meade and Richard Stone devised a method of national income accounting that would become the global standard. Today, we call it a...

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