Many newborn animals are born ready for the world, compared to human babies who are born helpless. The unfinished brains of young humans allows them to develop and adapt to whichever environments they are born into.
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Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the human brain in an epic series that reveals the ultimate story of us, why we feel and think the things we do. This ambitious project blends science with innovative visual effects and compelling personal stories, and addresses some big questions. By understanding the human brain, we can come close to understanding humanity.
A typical 2 year old is building 2 million new connections every second but after the age of two this growth is halted, and a process of pruning begins. The process of becoming someone is about pruning back the brain’s connections.
The unconscious brain picks up on sexual cues without you even being aware of it. In this experiment men were asked to look at photographs of women’s faces and make judgments about them. They had no conscious awareness of what was influencing their answers.
Coffee is one of the world’s most highly-traded commodities, and in Nicaragua, women undertake 70 percent of the work but own just 23 percent of the land, facilities, and products.
The lucrative tasks are done by men, who retain control over household incomes, while women’s work in agriculture tends to go unpaid and is slotted between other household chores.
Fatima Ismael is committed to narrowing the gender gap in Nicaragua by creating work opportunities in the coffee business and helping women buy their own land.
Ismael’s organisation, the Union de Cooperativas Agropecuarias Soppexcca, was bankrupt when she took over, but it is now a thriving cooperative of 650 people.
In 2003, it became the first organisation to implement a gender-equality policy, and 32 others have since followed suit.
Her organisation works to help female farmers produce, manage, and market their own coffee and offers women producers credit to enable them to buy their own land.
In this film, we meet Maxima Talavera, who – thanks to a loan from Soppexcca – has been able to improve her home and buy extra farm animals.
She is now independent and able to provide for her children and ensure they attend school.
Soppexcca also uses the proceeds of the business to help fund a health clinic to detect and treat women with cervical cancer – Nicaragua has the highest rate in the world – and has built seven local schools.
Canadians will head to the polls on October 19, and the Conservative government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper is fighting for a third term in office.
Amidst the political media blitz, there has been a longer running, carefully strategised media push from one of Canada’s biggest, most important industries: oil and gas.
The tar sands, or oil sands as the industry calls them, in the western province of Alberta, are the third-largest proven reserves of oil in the world.
Since their potential was first explored 50 years ago, there have been many stories in the Canadian media highlighting tar sands’ environmental impact, greenhouse gas emissions, and safety concerns.
But in the last decade or so, oil companies have attempted to counter the negative PR, pouring money into media outlets through advertising and sponsored content.
And they have been supported in their media campaign by the Harper government that has pursued a pro-oil agenda.
There was a time when the Canadian media were able to resist the influence of big oil money and still do their journalism.
Today, with many media organisations in serious financial trouble, they are more dependent on the revenue stream from the petroleum industry.
That leaves Canadians wondering how much of the real story gets reported, and what does not.
The Listening Post’s Flo Phillips reports from Alberta, on the Canadian oil industry’s impact on the country’s media.
Five years after the deadly 2010 post-election violence in Ivory Coast, the country is determined to consolidate its peace. And to help in that reconciliation, President Alassane Ouattara created agencies aimed at providing reparation for war victims. The first batch of victims was compensated last August. But many are still waiting, and some are losing patience over the lagging process. Emilie Iob reports.
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