Where Is 'Rural America,' And What Does It Look Like?

Kenneth Johnson, University of New Hampshire

Rural people and issues generally receive little attention from the urban-centric media and policy elites. Yet, rural America makes unique contributions to the nation’s character and culture as well as provides most of its food, raw materials, drinking water and clean air. The recent presidential election also reminds us that, though rural America may be ignored, it continues to influence the nation’s future.

Read more ...

India's Golden Quest To Tackle Black Money' & The Lessons From A Century Ago

Fergal O'Connor, University of York

The Indian government has been trying to reduce its citizen’s demand for imported gold through a number of means over the last few years. This is part of a wider crack down on currency used in the black market, that included the withdrawal and replacement of its two largest denomination bank notes in early November. The strategy will likely have some unintended consequences if we take our cues from the events of 1910.

Indians’ famous love for gold has created serious and ongoing economic issues for the nation. In 2011, Australian investment bank Macquarie estimated that 78% of India’s household savings were held in gold.

Read more ...

Piping as Poison: The Flint Water Crisis and America's Toxic Infrastructure

Chris Sellers, Stony Brook University (The State University of New York)

As the crisis over the water in Flint, Michigan, rolls on, we’re learning more and more about the irresponsibility and callousness of officials and politicians in charge.

The mix of austerity politics, environmental racism and sheer ineptitude makes for a shocking brew, yet the physical conditions that have made it literally toxic for Flint residents are neither as exceptional nor as recent as much of the media coverage suggests.

Read more ...

Is Hunting Moral? A Philosopher Unpacks The Question

Joshua Duclos, Boston University

Every year as daylight dwindles and trees go bare, debates arise over the morality of hunting. Hunters see the act of stalking and killing deer, ducks, moose and other quarry as humane, necessary and natural, and thus as ethical. Critics respond that hunting is a cruel and useless act that one should be ashamed to carry out.

As a nonhunter, I cannot say anything about what it feels like to shoot or trap an animal. But as a student of philosophy and ethics, I think philosophy can help us clarify, systematize and evaluate the arguments on both sides. And a better sense of the arguments can help us talk to people with whom we disagree.

Read more ...

Health Check: The Untrue Story of Antioxidants V.S. Free Radicals

Emma Beckett, University of Newcastle and Mark Lucock, University of Newcastle

Antioxidants are a commonly promoted feature of health foods and supplements. They’re portrayed as the good forces that fight free radicals – nasty molecules causing damage thought to hasten ageing and cause chronic diseases.

The simple logic that antioxidants are “good” and free radicals are “bad”, has led to the idea that simply getting more antioxidants into our bodies, from foods or supplements, can outweigh the impacts of free radicals.

Read more ...

More Articles ...

  1. The Myth Of The Disappearing Book
  2. It’s Official: Inequality, Climate Change & Social Polarisation Are Bad For You
  3. Pharma Execs Arrested in Shockingly Organized Scheme to Overprescribe Notorious Opioid
  4. Musician Builds Tiny Homes for the Homeless – City Promptly Seizes and Destroys Them
  5. Can A Russian-Funded Cable Network Actually Promote Free Press In The U.S.?
  6. Why So Many Americans Think They're #Blessed
  7. Are We In The Midst Of A Public Space Crisis?
  8. Rival Fantasies: Dungeons & Dragons Players & Their Religious Critics Actually Have A Lot In Common
  9. Facebook's Problem Is More Complicated Than Fake News
  10. She Phubbs me, She Phubbs Me Not: Smartphones Could Be Ruining Your Love Life
  11. Corporate Deception: Where Do We Draw The Line On Lying At Work?
  12. Why Sex Gets Better In Older Age
  13. How Ancient Wisdom Can Help Managers Give Their Employees Better Feedback
  14. Marijuana Legalization: Big Changes Across Country
  15. High Rates of Medical Student Depression: What Do They Say About Our Health System?
  16. Single-Sex Schools: Could They Harm Your Child?
  17. What Stories Should You Be Telling Kids This Holiday Season?
  18. The Reason You Work So Hard to Participate in the Rat Race
  19. Does Truth Really Matter in Politics?
  20. Pleasure is Good: How French Children Acquire a Taste for Life
  21. A Dark Night is Good for your Health
  22. Sometimes less is better – so why don't doctors 'deintensify' medical treatment?
  23. How Islamic law can take on ISIS
  24. Are we Sleep-deprived or just Darkness-deprived?
  25. Hallucinogenic Honey Hunters
  26. 7 Things Everyone Learns Traveling Solo
  27. Studies Show MDMA Helps People Create More Meaningful Relationships
  28. Off The Grid: Living Off Land an Hour from Vancouver
  29. The Truth Revealed: Why Cannabis is Outlawed
  30. Documentary Captures the Colorblind Viewing Color for the First Time