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MDPI  – This special issue of humanities will spotlight innovative scholarship that uses improved or augmented philological methods to address literary, cultural, historical or political questions in Anglo-Saxon studies. Although the discipline of…

39th session of the Human Rights Council

OHCHR  – 39th session of the Human Rights Council Opening Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva, It is an honour to be called to this mandate, to assist States to uphold the human…

Humans Are Destroying Animals’ Ancestral Knowledge

The Atlantic  – In the 1800s, there were so many bighorn sheep in Wyoming that when one trapper passed through Jackson Hole, he described “over a thousand sheep in the cliffs above our campsite.” No such sights exist today. The bighorns slowly fell…

Indicators of Human Trafficking

Department of Homeland Security  – Recognizing key indicators of human trafficking is the first step in identifying victims and can help save a life. Here are some common indicators to help recognize human trafficking: Does the person appear disconnected from family, friends…

The Most Human Human

Google  – Penguin Books Limited, May 5, 2011 – – 320 pages For the first time in history, we are interacting with computers so sophisticated that we think they’re human beings. This is a remarkable feat of human ingenuity, but what does it say about our…

The Hidden Link Between Farm Antibiotics and Human Illness

Wired – Maryn Mckenna  – For almost seven decades, we’ve routinely fed antibiotics to the animals we eat — that’s just a few years less than we’ve taken antibiotics ourselves. And for just about as long, it’s been clear that those antibiotic doses have been creating…

It’s Not Just You: 2017 Was Rough for Humanity, Study Finds

The New York Times – Niraj Chokshi  – Violence, bitter partisanship, an uncertain future. These are dark times. In fact, humanity just had its gloomiest year in more than a decade, according to a new survey of the emotional lives of more than 154,000 people around the world. More…

He’s one of the only humans at work – and he loves it

The Washington Post – Danielle Paquette  – SHANGHAI —Inside a warehouse the size of seven football fields, hundreds of robots pack roughly 200,000 boxes each day and ship them to customers across China. Four humans babysit. One is Zou Rui, 25, a soft-spoken engineer who stands for…

5 Hazards of Human Spaceflight

NASA  – A human journey to Mars, at first glance, offers an inexhaustible amount of complexities. To bring a mission to the Red Planet from fiction to fact, NASA’s Human Research Program has organized hazards astronauts will encounter on a continual basis…

Roboadvisers (With Human Helpers)

The New York Times – Tara Siegel Bernard  – These firms use a combination of technology and human professionals to provide financial advice at prices lower than traditional advisers typically charge. (Digital-only services listed here generally provide automated-investing advice only…

Sarsour: American Muslims Shouldn’t ‘Humanize’ Israelis

Jewish Journal – Aaron Bandler  – Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour said over the weekend that Muslims shouldn’t be humanizing Israelis, referring to Israel as the “oppressor.” As the Algemeiner first reported, during the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)’s…

AI is their paintbrush, but the artwork is no less human

Fast Company  – Algorithmic art has been around as a distinct discipline for decades. Hungarian artist Vera Molnár created an early form of it back in the 1960s with computer drawings fashioned according to strict algorithmic rules. And American artist…

The human cost of unrest in Tripoli

BBC News  – Media player Media playback is unsupported on your device A ceasefire was recently agreed between rival factions in the Libyan capital, but the impact of fighting has had a devastating impact on communities. The BBC’s Clive Myrie reports from…

9/11: Resiliency & the Human Spirit

Gary Sinise Foundation  – I don’t have any could’ve, should’ve or would’ves. I wouldn’t have changed anything. There’s not many people that the last words they said to their son or daughter was ‘I love you.’ Those words, spoken by the late FDNY Captain John Vigiano…

The Portrait of Humanity Award • Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos  – 1854 Media, publisher of British Journal of Photography, and Magnum Photos, invite photographers from around the world to enter the first Portrait of Humanity Award Newsha Tavakolian Imaginary CD cover for Sahar. Caspian Sea, Mahmoudabad, Iran.

Linda Sarsour: Humanizing Israelis is a Problem

Israellycool – Aussie Dave  – Linda Sarsour, that faux feminist, faux woman of color, but very real Israel hater, was recently a speaker at the annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Houston, Texas. And by recently, I mean pre-arrest. As Steve Emerson…

Protecting heritage is a human right

The Conversation – George Nicholas  – Technological advancements in archaeology in recent decades have produced amazing insights into the lives of ancient peoples. These range from uncovering lost Mayan cites in Guatemala to identifying Neandertal-Denisovan offspring to recovering…

The magic of the human voice

TED  – Eric Whitacre A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong In a moving and madly viral video last year, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. He talks through the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube…

Human brain stimulated by artificial synaptic device

European Pharmaceutical Review  – Posted: 10 September 2018 | European Pharmaceutical Review | Researchers have developed an artificial device which can mimic the function of neurons and synapses responsible for memory… An artificial synaptic device has been developed which…

That Bot Is a Human!

Slate Magazine – Janelle Shane  – Every day, people are paid to pretend to be bots. In a strange twist on “robots are coming for my job,” some tech companies that boast about their artificial intelligence have found that at small scales, humans are a cheaper, easier…

Does Legalized Prostitution Increase Human Trafficking?

ScienceDirect.com  – Author links open overlay panelSeo-YoungChoAxelDreherEricNeumayer This paper investigates the impact of legalized prostitution on human trafficking inflows. According to economic theory, there are two opposing effects of unknown magnitude. The…

Pitching the Humanities

nhalliance.org – Alex Nowicki  – On a college campus? Check out our tip sheet for working with your communications office to bring a higher profile to your work. Interested in cultivating media engagement as an individual or an institution? Take a look at our tip sheet for…

Mental health as a human right

Daily Times – DailyTimes.pk  – Recently, a 26-year old model committed suicide in Lahore, though there was nothing to prove it, some reports blamed her death on drug use. A young man took his own life in Peshawar and our media blamed it on ‘low college grades’. Their…

A message from President Daniels to students on the humanities

Johns Hopkins University – Hub staff report  – Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels sent a message to undergraduate students and their parents today stressing the vital importance of the humanities in higher education, noting that humanities courses help students develop…

Strategic Human Rights Litigation

Bloomsbury Professional  – Strategic human rights litigation (SHRL) is a growing area of international practice yet one that remains relatively under-explored. Around the globe, advocates increasingly resort to national, regional and international courts and bodies…

Robots can develop prejudices just like humans

TechCrunch – John Biggs  – In a fascinating study by researchers at Cardiff University and MIT, we learn that robots can develop prejudices when working together. The robots, which ran inside a teamwork simulator, expressed prejudice against other robots not on their team.

39th Regular Session of Human Rights Council

United Nations  – 39th Regular Session of Human Rights Council All indicated times are New York time (GMT-4) 09:00 (CEST) 39th Session of the Human Rights Council Security Council Media Stakeout. Security Council: Corruption and conflict (8346th meeting). UN-Women…

Yuval Harari: Hacking Humanity

CBC – CBC Radio  – Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email Yuval Harari is a global intellectual. And the internationally bestselling author is worried: our brains are getting hacked. Artificial intelligence, biotechnology and ever-sophisticated algorithms…

Behind Wildfire Suppression, A Human Toll

OPB Video – Tony Schick  – Jay Crawford was face-first against the dirt. Somehow, he was still alive. He looked around the forest and checked himself over to make sure he really was. Then he glanced downhill toward his friend John Hammack. Crawford saw brush and the giant…

Bay Area care centers owners charged with human trafficking, theft

San Francisco Chronicle – Evan Sernoffsky  – The owners of six Bay Area residential care homes were arrested and charged with human trafficking and grand theft in a sweeping probe by state law enforcement officials who uncovered a trove of illegal weapons in recent raids, California Attorney…

Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equality

Global Fund for Women  – Women’s rights are the fundamental human rights that were enshrined by the United Nations for every human being on the planet nearly 70 years ago. These rights include the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be…

Circulating Extracellular Vesicles in Human Disease | NEJM

New England Journal of Medicine  – This article is available to subscribers. Sign in or Subscribe. Circulating extracellular vesicles, which are produced by normal and diseased tissues and released into body fluids, can be markers of disease processes and perhaps even tools to…

Humanity & Inhumanity – Steve Villano

Medium – Steve Villano  – I was not going to write of memories, still too painful to bear, of 9/11. I was just going to post the picture taken by Carol of me and our son Matt, when he is 5 years old, and we are standing on the deck of the Ferry to the Statue of Liberty and…

Robots Can Manage Your Money. But Even They Need Humans.

The New York Times – Tara Siegel Bernard  – The robots may need some help from humans after all. The rise of so-called roboadvisers has been among the most significant changes to how consumers obtain financial planning advice in the past several years. With low minimum investment…

Individual variation in human navigation

ScienceDirect.com  – The cognitive map view of navigation posits that humans and other species represent space in a format that encodes the distances and directions among locations in relation to external reference frames such as boundaries and landmarks. Such an…

The Humanity in the Machine

Innovation  – When we think about the future, we usually ask what it holds. But a more useful question is “What do we want the future to be?” A commitment to designing our future is crucial as we fast-track artificial intelligence (AI) systems in…

39th session of the Human Rights Council

OHCHR  – 39th session of the Human Rights Council Opening Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva, It is an honour to be called to this mandate, to assist States to uphold the human…

Human to Human

RZIM  – Master photographer Edward Steichen once remarked that the mission of photography is to explain human to human and each to him or herself. It was a mission he found at once both complicated and naïve, but worth fumbling toward. “Every…

I’m an Educator but I’m Also Human – Rafranz Davis

Medium – Rafranz Davis  – This morning I opened an email to this… “I’m not seeing you doing much education these days, only music. We were looking for a message on equity and diversity and weren’t seeing this reflected in your tweets and blog. Is this still…

Superbugs jumping frequently between humans and animals

Phys.org – Science X staff  – ‘In the case of MRSA, these bacteria have also spread in hospitals almost worldwide,’ says Jukka Corander, professor at the University of Helsinki, a member of an international research team that mapped several millennia of the evolution of the…

Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2018

OSCE  – 10 September 2018, 10:00 – 21 September 2018, 13:00 Sofitel Victoria Warsaw Królewska St. 11 00-065 Warsaw, Poland OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) of OSCE…

39th session of the Human Rights Council

OHCHR  – Opening Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva, It is an honour to be called to this mandate, to assist States to uphold the human rights of their people, in this year in…

Humanities

MDPI  – Shakespeare is now fundamentally digital. The technologies, resources and cultures of the digital age influence how we humans variously read, watch, research, and teach Shakespeare. This influence occurs in both apparent but also unseen ways since…

Erdogan and UN warn of human catastrophe in Idlib

Al Jazeera  – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged the international community to prevent a Syrian government offensive in Syria’s Idlib, as the United Nations says it fears the century’s ‘worst humanitarian catastrophe’ there. In an article in the…

How Humans Are Hurting Honeybees’ Ability to Reproduce

National Geographic  – Fly fast and die young: That’s a male honeybee’s lot in life. With less than a one percent chance of successful reproduction, and a 100 percent chance of dying after mating, male honeybees have it tough. But recent evidence suggests that human…

Exterminate Mosquitos for the Sake of Humanity

Quillette  – A Plea to President Trump: Save Millions of People by Exterminating Some Annoying Bugs A hundred species of beetles will go extinct unless we eliminate 830,000 people each year to protect the insects’ habitat. Tiny poison-filled drones can do the…

Canadian Museum for Human Rights opens exhibit on Indian Act

CBC – Lenard Monkman  – Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share by Email A new exhibit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg looks at the effects the Indian Act has had on Indigenous Peoples. ‘The Indian Act has tried to interfere in all of these different…

THE HUMANS

Hampstead Theatre  – Running time: 1 HOUR 35 MINUTES WITH NO INTERVAL £10 – £40 (See ticket information) ‘The Best Play of The Year. The Humans. The Humans. The Humans.’ The New York Times Choose a date and select your own seats online Hampstead Theatre is…

Human translators are still on top-for now

MIT Technology Review – Emerging Technology from the arXiv  – You may have missed the popping of champagne corks and the shower of ticker tape, but in recent months computational linguists have begun to claim that neural machine translation now matches the performance of human translators. The technique of…

Recruitment – Human Resources – The University of Dundee

University of Dundee  – Training, as required, will be provided in a well-equipped, well-funded and supportive environment enabling the successful candidate to extend skills and expertise. The School has excellent facilities for all aspects of research, including in-house…

More Mammals Are Becoming Nocturnal Due to Human Activity

National Geographic  – A day in the life of a sun bear is what you might expect from the name: sunny. In its natural habitat, the sun bear spends over 80 percent of its active waking time in daylight. But when disturbed by human activity, that changes dramatically. In…

Cuban Man Sentenced For Human Smuggling

Department of Justice  – Gulfport, Miss. – Carlos Manuel Legra-Ramirez, 43, a citizen of Cuba and a Legal Permanent Resident of the United States living in Georgia, was sentenced Friday by U.S District Court Judge Sul Ozerden to 18 months in federal prison, followed…

How Strong Is The Human-Robot Bond?

Science Friday  – If you were given a robot and asked to break it, would you do it? The amount of Furby destruction videos on Youtube suggest it wouldn’t be that hard. But that’s not true for all robots. According to researchers, knowing more about a robot or…

A Human Rights Approach to Human Trafficking

The Good Men Project – Our World UNU  – Maybe you’re familiar with the image of the beautiful, young, Eastern European woman who is the victim of brutal sex trafficking. But do you recognize the Bangladeshi construction worker in the United Arab Emirates who must work for a minimum wage…

Photographs That Humanize the Immigration Debate

The New York Times – James Estrin  – Great news photos happen in an instant and are captured by instinct and experience. But sometimes they are also the result of years of preparation, research and commitment to an issue way before it explodes into the national consciousness and…

The Money Game & The Human Brain

Zero Hedge  – Jason Zweig, a neuroscience and Benjamin Graham expert, re-published an article last year entitled: “Ben Graham, The Human Brain, And The Bubble.” The entire article is a worthy read but there were a few points in particular he made…

Interpol Breaks Up Human Trafficking Ring in Sudan

VOA – VOA News  – Police in Sudan’s capital have rescued 94 victims of human trafficking, 85 of them minors. Some of the victims rescued in Khartoum were 10 years old. Interpol, the international police organization, broke up the trafficking ring in Operation…

A long history of humans and cheese

The Boston Globe – By Alex Kingsbury  – 7,200 years: That’s how long humans have been making soft cheeses and yogurts, according to new excavations on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. These new findings push the earliest known evidence of cheese-making back by 4,000 years, researchers…

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Human Rights Watch  – Trending rights tweets this week: Tens of thousands in Germany stand up to far-right extremism; Myanmar sentences Reuters journalists to seven years in prison; US weapons sold to Uganda being used today to intimidate protesters; suspending weapons…

Save the whales — again · A Humane Nation

The Humane Society of the United States – Blog Editor  – For someone who’s been supporting the protection of whales as long as I have, the prospect of a return to commercial whaling is a genuine nightmare. But that’s what Japan has proposed to this year’s meeting of the International Whaling Commission…

What We Have to Gain From Making Machines More Human

Singularity Hub – Marc Prosser  – The borders between the real world and the digital world keep crumbling, and the latter’s importance in both our personal and professional lives keeps growing. Some describe the melding of virtual and real worlds as part of the fourth industrial…

Why AI should assist humans, not replace them

ComputerWeekly.com  – Artificial intelligence (AI) should be adopted to help human employees create a better customer experience, rather than remove people from the process altogether, according to BT’s head of customer insight and futures, Nicola Millard. Corporate…

The Money Game & The Human Brain | RIA

realinvestmentadvice.com  – Jason Zweig, a neuroscience and Benjamin Graham expert, re-published an article last year entitled: “Ben Graham, The Human Brain, And The Bubble.” The entire article is a worthy read but there were a few points in particular he made…

The Chekhov Sentence That Explains Human Relationships

The Atlantic  – Most stories about relationships in literature, TV, and film end one of two ways: The couple breaks up, or else they live happily ever after. But in a conversation for this series, Gary Shteyngart, the author of Lake Success, discussed a third…

Here’s Looking at Humanity, Kid

Scientific American – Gary Stix  – Senior Editor Gary Stix talks about the September special issue of Scientific American, devoted to the science of being human. And Brown University evolutionary biologist Ken Miller discusses Human Chromosome 2 and what it tells us about us.

The Islamic Tradition and the Human Rights Discourse

Atlantic Council  – The Islamic Tradition and the Human Rights Discourse is a collection of thought provoking articles that aim to elevate the conversation on Islam and human rights beyond the confines of ‘compatibility.’ The report, compiled and edited by Dr. H.A.

First interactive model of human cell division

EMBL  – Mitosis – how one cell divides and becomes two – is one of the fundamental processes of life. Researchers at EMBL have now produced the first interactive map of proteins that make our cells divide, allowing users to track exactly…

‘Assess human rights impact of reform’

The Hindu  – International UN expert Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky Meera Srinivasan Colombo 11 September 2018 21:34 IST Updated: 11 September 2018 21:34 IST Sri Lanka should not cut social spending while servicing debt: UN expert Sri Lanka must not cut its social…

Animals Are Smart. Are Humans Holding Them Back?

HuffPost – Sentient Media  – Animals are smarter than we think. Sharks like jazz and bees understand the number zero. Some of the most abstract ideas for humans to grasp—mastered by nonhumans. It feels like they deserve a round of applause or something. But they’re not…

Physics of humans, physics for society

Nature  – Get full journal access for 1 year VAT will be added later in the checkout. Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube. Battiston, S. et al. Science 351, 818–819 (2016). Helbing, D. Nature 497, 51–59 (2013). Vespignani, A.

On James H. Cone and Black Humanity

AAIHS  – *This post is part of our online forum on the Life and Legacy of Dr. James H. Cone. As an undergraduate student, I took an independent study course on the complexities of Black leadership. I intended to explore the varying strategies and styles…

39th Regular Session of Human Rights Council

United Nations  – 39th Regular Session of Human Rights Council All indicated times are New York time (GMT-4) 10:00 (CEST) 416th Meeting 20th Session Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Consideration of Macedonia (Cont’d) 15:00 (CEST) 417th Meeting 20th…

What is Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)?

The Interaction Design Foundation  – Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a multidisciplinary field of study focusing on the design of computer technology and, in particular, the interaction between humans (the users) and computers. While initially concerned with computers, HCI has…

Horses may understand human emotion, especially anger

Ars Technica – Chris Lee  – Horses. To some people, a horse is a beautiful thing, and they love them. I am in the camp that regards them as random bone breakers, possessing four iron-shod clubs designed to deal damage at the whim of the maddened equine brain. This is because…

2018 Human Dimension Implementation Meeting Highlights

OSCE  – Europe’s largest annual human rights and democracy conference, organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), is taking place in Warsaw, Poland, from 10 to 21 September 2018. The live stream of the conference…

Top 4 Principles of Human-Centered Design

UX Planet – Nick Babich  – Human-centered design (HCD) is a terms product creators use to describe a process of designing for people. HCD develops solutions to problems by involving the human perspective in all steps of the problem-solving process. In this article, I’ve…

Why We Still Need Human Moderators In An AI-Powered World

Forbes – Kalev Leetaru  – As global criticism of Facebook and Twitter’s content moderation efforts reached a crescendo over the last few years, the companies have responded by going all-in with AI-powered moderation, arguing that the only way to actually properly review all…

Gulf Centre for Human Rights

Gulf Center for Human Rights  – The current situation in Bahrain is dire, causing great concern to the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR), and partners, as well as United Nations experts; yet there is little action on the part of allies. A short report prepared by GCHR ahead of…

Protecting heritage is a human right

National Post – The Canadian Press  – This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. Author: George Nicholas, Professor of…

The Intricacy of Human Relationships in Xavier Dolan’s Films

Film School Rejects – Siobhan Spera  – Perhaps one of the most common reasons we watch movies and so willingly dive into the stories they offer us is to understand both others and ourselves better as the complicated human beings we are. The idea of fleshing out human relationships in…

How to Humanely Solve Europe’s Migration Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE – Nicola Abé  – Few topics have been as divisive in Europe as the question of what to do with the flood of migrants arriving on the shores of the Mediterranean. But a moral solution is possible. DER SPIEGEL spoke with experts about how it can be found.

Humans and machines meet in the missing middle

CIO – Narendra Mulani  – Much has been said about how artificial intelligence (AI) systems can automate some processes to make them more efficient. Far less attention has been paid to AI’s greater power: enabling humans and machines to leverage and amplify each other’s…