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Human Rights Observatory
By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image Volunteers offer free physical therapy services for a patient at the Seattle/King County Clinic, during an annual free healthcare event held at Seattle Center on February 16, 2024. © 2024 David Ryder/Getty Images As the world prepares to celebrate World Health Day on April 7, governments’ failure to invest adequate resources or appropriate budgetary support in public healthcare systems undermines the right to health for many people around the world. Forthcoming Human Rights Watch analysis of the most recent available data in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global… (Full Story)
By Dawid Trzeciakiewicz, Lecturer in Economics, Loughborough University
Richard McManus, Director of Research Development/Reader in Macroeconomic Policy, Canterbury Christ Church University
The British prime minister recently claimed the UK economy has “turned a corner”. Rishi Sunak said inflation figures were encouraging, and proclaimed that 2024 would be the year Britain “bounces back”.

According to his chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, the latest GDP figures show the government’s plan is working. And it’s true that inflation is at its lowest rate…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Jane Wright, Commissioning Editor, Arts & Culture, The Conversation UK
That’s all your drama needs sorted for this week, plus something to feed your craft addiction and a look at Jesus’s six-pack.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Lucinda King, Space Projects Manager & Mission Design Lead, University of Portsmouth
Europa is one of the largest of more than 90 moons in orbit around the planet Jupiter. It is also one of the best places to look for alien life.

Often termed an “ocean world” by scientists, observations to date strongly suggest that beneath Europa’s icy crust, there could be a liquid saltwater ocean containing twice as much water as Earth’s oceans. Now, Nasa’s Europa ClipperThe Conversation (Full Story)

By Bunmi Omorotionmwan, Lecturer in Microbiology, Nottingham Trent University
Our friend here, Clostridium butyricum (also known as C butyricum), is one of the hardest working microbes living in our gut. Without it’s exhaustive work, we might find ourselves constantly feeling a little under the weather.

C butyricum is a microbe that lives in the soil as well as our gut. It’s commonly found in vegetables and sour milk. This microbe prefers to grow in environments lacking oxygen and exists in a mutualistic relationship with the human host – meaning the human body helps it to grow and survive, and in return it provides our body with benefits. (Full Story)

By Virginia Raguin, Distinguished Professor of Humanities Emerita, Visual Arts, College of the Holy Cross
A stained-glass window, which shows Jesus as a Black man for the first time, tells a story not only of race but of gender, class and ethnicity.The Conversation (Full Story)
By John Kounios, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Drexel University
Yvette Kounios, Adjunct Instructor of English and Professional Writing, Widener University
Neuroscientists analyzed the brain waves of 32 jazz guitarists as they improvised to chords and rhythms. Their findings suggest 2 key principles support innovative thinking.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Wesley Chang, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Drexel University
If you’ve looked in your utility drawer lately, you may have noticed the various shapes, sizes and types of batteries that power your electronic devices. First, there are the round, non-rechargeable button cells for your watches and small items. There’s also the popular AA and AAA cylindrical batteries for calculators, clocks and remotes. Then you have the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in your laptops and phones. And don’t forget about the lead-acid battery in your car.

I’m a professor who studies…The Conversation (Full Story)

By Katie Suleta, Doctorate in Health Sciences candidate, George Washington University
‘Natural’ isn’t the same thing as healthful. You can have too much of a good thing, and taking action can be worse than doing nothing.The Conversation (Full Story)
By Gabriel E. Hales, Ph.D. Candidate and Research Assistant, Michigan State University
Keith N. Hampton, Professor of Media and Information and Interim Director of the Quello Center, Michigan State University
While the COVID-19 pandemic spurred significant progress in expanding rural home internet access, these gains are proving temporary as resources dwindle.The Conversation (Full Story)
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