Alexa McDonough remembered for her dedication to social justice, blazing a trail for women | CBC News

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— Read on www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/alexa-mcdonough-death-jan-15-2022-1.6316452

Open access book data sovereignty

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This book examines how Indigenous Peoples around the world are demanding greater data sovereignty and challenging the ways in which governments have historically used Indigenous data to develop policies and programs.

In the digital age, governments are increasingly dependent on data and data analytics to inform their policies and decision-making.

However, Indigenous Peoples have often been the unwilling targets of policy interventions and have had little say over the collection, use and application of data about them, their lands and cultures. At the heart of Indigenous Peoples’ demands for change are the enduring aspirations of self-determination over their institutions, resources, knowledge and information systems.

With contributors from Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, North and South America and Europe, this book offers a rich account of the potential for Indigenous Data Sovereignty to support human flourishing and to protect against the ever-growing threats of data-related risks and harms.

U.S. Health Care Spending Highest Among Developed Countries | Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The United States, on a per capita basis, spends much more on health care than other developed countries; the chief reason is not greater health care utilization, but higher prices, according to a study from a team led by a JHSPH researcher.
— Read on publichealth.jhu.edu/2019/us-health-care-spending-highest-among-developed-countries

Hiltzik: The downside of copyrights – Los Angeles Times

‘Winnie-the-Pooh,’ ‘The Sun Also Rises’ and many other works entered the public domain on Saturday. They show what’s wrong with the system.
— Read on www.latimes.com/business/story/2022-01-03/winnie-the-pooh-public-domain

Road Salt Is Wreaking Havoc On Our Drinking Water and the Environment

The good news? There are several interventions municipalities could use to stop the problem in its tracks.
— Read on www.popularmechanics.com/science/a38595110/road-salt-environment/

Contrary to popular belief, Twitter’s algorithm amplifies conservatives, not liberals: study | Salon.com

Conservatives have long accused social media platforms of discriminating against them, but the opposite is true
— Read on www.salon.com/2021/12/23/twitter-algorithm-amplifies-conservatives/

The Low-and-Slow Approach to Food Safety Reform Keeps Going Up in Smoke — ProPublica

The U.S. has one agency that regulates cheese pizza and another that oversees pepperoni pizza. Efforts to fix the food safety system have stalled again and again.
— Read on www.propublica.org/article/the-low-and-slow-approach-to-food-safety-reform-keeps-going-up-in-smoke

CNN Exclusive: US intel and satellite images show Saudi Arabia is now building its own ballistic missiles with help of China – CNNPolitics

US intelligence agencies have assessed that Saudi Arabia is now actively manufacturing its own ballistic missiles with the help of China, CNN has learned, a development that could have significant ripple effects across the Middle East and complicate the Biden administration’s efforts to restrain the nuclear ambitions of Iran, the Saudis’ top regional rival.
— Read on edition.cnn.com/2021/12/23/politics/saudi-ballistic-missiles-china/index.html

Learning in double time: The effect of lecture video speed on immediate and delayed comprehension – Murphy – – Applied Cognitive Psychology – Wiley Online Library

Abstract
We presented participants with lecture videos at different speeds and tested immediate and delayed (1 week) comprehension. Results revealed minimal costs incurred by increasing video speed from 1x to 1.5x, or 2x speed, but performance declined beyond 2x speed. We also compared learning outcomes after watching videos once at 1x or twice at 2x speed. There was not an advantage to watching twice at 2x speed but if participants watched the video again at 2x speed immediately before the test, compared with watching once at 1x a week before the test, comprehension improved. Thus, increasing the speed of videos (up to 2x) may be an efficient strategy, especially if students use the time saved for additional studying or rewatching the videos, but learners should do this additional studying shortly before an exam. However, these trends may differ for videos with different speech rates, complexity or difficulty, and audiovisual overlap.
— Read on onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/acp.3899

Top 7 Discoveries in Human Evolution, 2021 Edition – PLOS SciComm

Top 7 Discoveries in Human Evolution, 2021 Edition – PLOS SciComm
— Read on scicomm.plos.org/2021/12/17/top-7-discoveries-in-human-evolution-2021-edition/