Thursday, 19 May, 2022
TopicThe Conversation

Topic: The Conversation

Googling controversial people? Language matters more than you think

Research shows how Google’s search engine can normalise conspiracy theorists, hate figures and other controversial people. We must be careful.

Reading to improve language skills? Focus on fiction, not non-fiction

The fact that narrative fiction, not expository non-fiction, helps us develop strong language skills has important implications for education policy.

What machine learning can tell us about Bhagavad Gita

Here's what the analysis of the quality of Bhagavad Gita's English translations by Eknath Easwaran, M.K. Gandhi and Purohit Swami tells us.

Conserving biodiversity, building infrastructure can pay off. Learn from Costa Rica

If other countries want to develop ecotourism industries modeled on Costa Rica’s, they should increase access to nature-based tourism opportunities by building roads and hotels.

Ukraine-Russia war set to bring global hunger to its worst state in over 2 decades

Russia and Ukraine account for almost 30% of total global exports of wheat. Humanitarian suffering is occurring in many countries far from the spotlight.

If anyone can turn Twitter into free speech ‘heaven’ then it’s Elon Musk, right? Nope

Arguments about regulation are always about degree, and never all or nothing. Even Musk’s billions will not shield him against US, EU regulatory laws.

What’s the use of book reviewing? A review of a review of the reviewers

Newspaper critics in an age of Yelp and Goodreads fill gaps in a world where everyone is reviewing everything all the time.

Not all kinds of alcohol make you fat. Beer might be causing it but you can still drink wine

There are factors that lead to weight gain. Alcohol consumption may be one, but many studies haven't found clear links between the two.

‘Give me your hand’: How poetry is helping science reach a more diverse audience

Many non-scientists can often miss out on scientific research. Poetry is re-framing it in a language that is more accessible

1 in 5 people suffer from long Covid that can damage your brain, heart & spur new diseases

Prevention measures currently in place are not enough, given what we now know about the full population impact of widespread Covid infection.

On Camera

YourTurn

Congress supporters staged a protest against inflation in Ranchi on 10 May | ANI

As inflation breaks records, Modi govt plans to counter criticism ahead of anniversary & polls

While retail inflation hit an 8-year high of 7.8% in April, wholesale inflation surged to a 9-year high of 15.08% on the back of elevated food and energy prices in the same month.

Defence

Satellite image of the development on the site | Twitter | @detresfa_

China building ‘bigger, broader’ 2nd bridge at Pangong Tso that can carry armoured columns

China's People's Liberation Army aims for multiple routes to counter any possible operations by the Indian forces on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso in the future.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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