RESISTING IMPERIALISM

Canada’s New Democrats to formalize policy opposing Venezuela interference, sanctions

GOACHRONICLE | April 07, 2021

Ottawa: Canada’s opposition New Democrat Party (NDP) will formalize policy opposing interference in Venezuela’s sovereign affairs and sanctions against the South American country during the party convention later this week, parliamentarian Don Davies said on Tuesday.

Ahead of the NDP convention, which is set to kick off on Friday, several riding associations have put forth resolutions to adopt official party policy that would oppose interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs, remove Canada from the Lima Group and seek to end sanctions against the country.Read More »

EMPIRE’S STUPIDITY

On Last Day in Office, Trump Accidentally Sanctioned an Italian Restaurant Instead of an Oil Exporter

Dharna Noor

GIZMODO | April 02, 2021

Fresh pasta topped with cracked pepper, parmesan, and crude oil, anyone?
Fresh pasta topped with cracked pepper, parmesan, and crude oil, anyone?
Photo: Miguel Medina (Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump seems, uh, unadventurous when it comes to food, but I always thought he was down with Italian cuisine, or at least pizza and pasta. Yet his administration slapped sanctions on an Italian restaurant as part of an economic blockade against Venezuela.

April Fool’s Day is over, and this isn’t a joke. On Trump’s last day in office, his Department of Treasury placed sanctions on a restaurant and pizzeria in Verona, Italy called Dolce Gusto, owned by Alessandro Bazzoni. But this week, the Treasury copped to its mistake and removed the restaurant and Bazzoni. Mamma mia, what a mess!Read More »

POLITICAL ECONOMY 

Aaron Benanav, Gavin Mueller, and Jason Smith, “Technology, Automation, and Socialist Strategy”

Science & Society | April 04, 2021

The sixth talk of the Science & Society Online Speaker Series. Please visit Science & Society at: scienceandsociety.com Or, write to us at: info@scienceandsociety.com —- Science & Society does not adhere to any particular school of Marxism. The viewpoints expressed by the speaker do not necessarily represent S&S’s editorial perspective.

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ENVIRONMENT AND LIFE

Using green transport can prevent over 38,000 deaths in Africa’s Accra: WHO

Down To Earth | April 02, 2021

Using green transport can save over 38,000 lives in Africa's Accra: WHO. Photo: World Health Organization

Switching to sustainable modes of transportation can prevent around 5,500 premature deaths in Africa’s Accra by reducing air pollution, according to a new report by World Health Organization.

This can be achieved by increasing share of electronic mass transport, encouraging walking and cycling, and thus, reducing the overall use of cars, taxis and other motorcycles that cause air pollution, the report suggested.Read More »

COVID-19 IN AFRICA

How COVID-19 startled Rwanda that seemed to have it under control

Christophe Hitayezu

Down To Earth | April 01, 2021

How COVID-19 startled Rwanda where authorities thought they have it under control

Since the first case of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was identified on March 14, 2020, Rwanda — a sub-Saharan landlocked country with an estimated 12 million people on an area of 26,338 square metres — has put in place various control measures. It organised a bi-monthly cabinet review to mitigate the spread of coronavirus while also conducting efficient tracing, testing and isolating of patients.

Rwanda increased its testing capacity, with over 4,000 tests daily and up to 1,012,451 tests by March 1, 2021. The effort has led the country to being ranked first in Africa and sixth globally in managing the pandemic and making the information accessible to the public, by the Australian think-tank Lowy Institute.Read More »

SCIENCE 

Oldest DNA from a Homo sapiens reveals surprisingly recent Neanderthal ancestry

Ewen Callaway

Nature | April 07, 2021

The skull of a modern human female individual from Zlatý kůň
The skull of a modern human female individual from Zlatý kůň. Credit: Marek Jantač

Scientists have sequenced the oldest Homo sapiens DNA on record, showing that many of Europe’s first humans had Neanderthals in their family trees. Yet these individuals are not related to later Europeans, according to two genome studies of remains dating back more than 45,000 years from caves in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic1,2.

The research adds to growing evidence that modern humans mixed regularly with Neanderthals and other extinct relatives, says Viviane Slon, a palaeogeneticist at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel. “It’s different times, different places, and it happens again and again.”Read More »

SCIENCE 

Ancient southern Kalahari was more important to human evolution than previously thought

Benjamin Schoville, Jessica von der Meden, Robyn Pickering, Wendy Khumalo

Down To Earth | April 01, 2021

Ancient southern Kalahari was more important to human evolution than previously thought. Photo: Benjamin Schoville

The Kalahari is a huge expanse of desert in southern Africa, stretching across Botswana and into the northernmost part of South Africa’s Northern Cape province.

It’s in the Northern Cape that we studied and described a new archaeological site, Ga-Mohana Hill, for research just published in Nature.

Our international team, made up of researchers from South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Austria, has found evidence for complex symbolic behaviours 105,000 years ago.Read More »

PHYSICS

Is the standard model broken? Physicists cheer major muon result

Davide Castelvecchi

Nature | April 07, 2021

The Muon g-2 ring sits in its detector hall amidst other equipment
The storage-ring magnet used for the g – 2 experiment at Fermilab. Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab

Muons keep on misbehaving. An experiment in the United States has confirmed an earlier finding that the particles — massive, unstable cousins of the electron — are more magnetic than researchers originally expected. If the results hold up, they could ultimately force major changes in theoretical physics and reveal the existence of completely new fundamental particles.Read More »