Walkable cities lead to healthier residents

Dr Tom Logan, a Lecturer in the University of Canterbury’s Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Department, says higher density neighbourhoods can bring environmental, health and economic benefits. Credit: University of Canterbury Higher density neighborhoods can help create vibrancy and lead to benefits for the environment and public health, argues a University of Canterbury academic. Dr.… Continue reading Walkable cities lead to healthier residents

Scientific authorship by gender: trends before and during a global pandemic

This study found gender imbalances in scientific manuscript submissions before the pandemic, which persisted during the pandemic. Males comprised the vast majority of corresponding authors for all regions, countries, journals, and disciplines. Overall, submission rates during the pandemic were higher compared to pre-pandemic period for both men and women. Contrary to our initial hypothesis, submission… Continue reading Scientific authorship by gender: trends before and during a global pandemic

World Bank President David Malpass discusses the crisis facing development

World Bank President David Malpass warned Wednesday of immediate challenges confronting the developing world, citing a distressing mix of factors ranging from higher food and energy prices to rising interest rates, inflation, currency depreciation and capital outflows. “A tough reality confronts the global economy – and especially the developing world,” Malpass said. “A series of… Continue reading World Bank President David Malpass discusses the crisis facing development

Listeners may adapt to speaker-specific acoustics, study shows

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Phonetic convergence, or phonetic imitation, is a form of speech production in which a talker’s speech becomes similar to that of the person with whom they are speaking. In a recent article published in the journal Speech Communication, researchers studied whether and how people working together begin to sound more like… Continue reading Listeners may adapt to speaker-specific acoustics, study shows

Study shows how math, science identity in students affects college, career outcomes

Causal graph representing the hypothesized effect of an attitude in school XS on a career-related outcome in college YC. The effect of XS on YC is partially mediated by XC, which represents the attitude X in college. The diagram also includes a set of attitudes and behaviors Z that mediates the effect of XS on… Continue reading Study shows how math, science identity in students affects college, career outcomes

Masks saw more than 90 percent of deaf people struggle to communicate during pandemic, study finds — ScienceDaily

Mandatory mask wearing saw more than 90% of deaf people struggle to communicate during the pandemic, University of Essex research has revealed. It also discovered that 76% missed vital information and 59% felt disconnected from society due to the face coverings. This is because masks restrict the ability to read lips and judge expressions. It… Continue reading Masks saw more than 90 percent of deaf people struggle to communicate during pandemic, study finds — ScienceDaily

Social media use linked to developing depression regardless of personality — ScienceDaily

Researchers in public policy and education recently found that young adults who use more social media are significantly more likely to develop depression within six months, regardless of personality type. Published in the Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, the study, “Associations between social media use, personality structure, and development of depression,” was co-authored by Renae… Continue reading Social media use linked to developing depression regardless of personality — ScienceDaily

An expert explains what led to the soccer stampede in Indonesia

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain At least 125 soccer fans have died in Indonesia, and more than 300 have been injured, in what is being reported as one of the worst sports stadium tragedies in history. The disaster happened on Saturday night at the Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang, East Java. Up to 3,000 fans reportedly streamed… Continue reading An expert explains what led to the soccer stampede in Indonesia

The term ‘achievement gap’ fosters a negative view of Black students

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Despite long-standing efforts to close the racial “achievement gap” in education, the term does more to trigger racist stereotypes and causes a lower sense of urgency than when the issue is presented as the need to “end inequality in educational outcomes.” Those are the key findings of a new study in… Continue reading The term ‘achievement gap’ fosters a negative view of Black students