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The road to zero emissions

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The dice are loaded in the game to survive global heating. We need a radical plan to win, write Klaudia Chmielowska and Rod Dowler.

War-games are old hat. Destroying a tank, a battalion, even an army, pales to insignificance compared to laying waste to an entire planet in the global heating game. Let us say, the dial to climate catastrophe […]

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    If historically Black colleges and universities can improve web accessibility, Black students with disabilities may have far greater access to educational opportunities

If historically Black colleges and universities can improve web accessibility, Black students with disabilities may have far greater access to educational opportunities

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In the digital age universities rely on their websites to attract new students and to interact with existing ones. For those students who have vision or hearing impairment, then web accessible websites are incredibly important. In new research, ZW Taylor examines the web accessibility of the landing pages of all 100 historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). He finds […]

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    Why do transit agencies contract out services? It may be down to how managers view outsourcing.

Why do transit agencies contract out services? It may be down to how managers view outsourcing.

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Public transit managers in America’s towns and cities often face pressure to outsource transport services because of the potential to bring cost savings. But, evidence suggests that these cost-savings rarely occur. In new research which surveys transit managers, Olga Smirnova and Suzanne Leland investigate why contracting-out remains popular despite this apparent lack of cost-savings. They find that managers of […]

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    Candidates can be rewarded for speaking Spanish, but evidence suggests there might be a cost

Candidates can be rewarded for speaking Spanish, but evidence suggests there might be a cost

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In recent presidential elections, in order to attract a wider pool of potential voters, both Republican and Democratic primary candidates have often made appeals in Spanish as well as in English. But do these appeals have an electoral payoff for candidates? In new research, Alejandro Flores and Alexander Coppock find that bilinguals who saw Spanish language ads were more […]

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    Ambitious state legislators are pushing abortion bans to please interest groups who sense an end to Roe v. Wade

Ambitious state legislators are pushing abortion bans to please interest groups who sense an end to Roe v. Wade

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This year has seen several states adopt fetal “heartbeat” bills which would effectively ban abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy. Alex Garlick looks at why these bills are surfacing now, given that Roe v. Wade has been settled law for over 45 years. Drawing on a model of agenda setting, he argues that ambitious state legislators and Governors […]

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    Book Review: Re-Engineering Humanity by Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger

Book Review: Re-Engineering Humanity by Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger

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In Re-Engineering Humanity, Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger explore how the rise of new technologies and datafication grounded in machinic rationality risk conditioning humans to become more machinic-like in turn. As the book seeks to consider how the value of the human can be protected from the consequences of data creep, it will prompt readers to look at otherwise taken-for-granted technology […]

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    Book Review: Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities edited by Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont

Book Review: Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities edited by Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont

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In Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities, editors Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont assemble a collection of key contributions to critical conversations and research regarding online activity, activism, archiving, academia, systemic discrimination and interlocking inequalities, writes Francesca Sobande. 

Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities. Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont (eds). University of Minnesota Press. 2018.

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    So, you want to buy 98 per cent of our territory? A Danish perspective on American-Danish-Greenlandic relations

So, you want to buy 98 per cent of our territory? A Danish perspective on American-Danish-Greenlandic relations

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President Trump’s offer to buy Greenland reflects an increased American interest in the territory. As Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen writes, while Greenland will not be sold any time soon, complicated trilateral negotiations will commence, where Denmark will have to strike a balance between several pressures.

Although President Trump’s recent offer to buy Greenland from Denmark was always unlikely to succeed, the […]

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    When it comes to how cities raise and save money, state government policies can often have a big influence  

When it comes to how cities raise and save money, state government policies can often have a big influence  

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Towns and cities in the US are often constrained by rules and regulations about how they can spend and raise money which have been made by the state to which they belong. In new research, Yu Shi, Nisa Aydemir and Yonghong Wu look at how various state-level policies such as fiscal decentralization and tax and expenditure limits affect which revenue […]

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    How extremist conspiracy theories about immigration and demographic change can fuel violence

How extremist conspiracy theories about immigration and demographic change can fuel violence

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This year has seen a number of mass shootings and attacks by those who are hostile to immigrants because of fears about racial and ethnic change. In a new study, Joseph E. Uscinski and Casey Klofstad find that many Americans are concerned about Whites becoming a minority in the next three decades, and that their views on immigrants also […]

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