Foreign Journalists Exposed, Scars and All
One overlooked facet amid all the upheavals spurred by the digitization of global media is how it has thrust foreign reporters into the public sphere in their once exotic foreign beats. Though they often remain underpaid and unloved by their editors, foreign correspondents are no longer working in a vacuum.
With the internet's tentacles spread to the most remote regions, the barrier between reading the news and responding to the news has never been lower. Nor has the barrier been lower for off-the-beaten-track non-journalists who wish to get into the business.
Since time immemorial, foreign reporters--some actually from the nations on which they reported-- though most from the US and Europe--filed stories on faraway happenings largely to the ignorance of the reported-on countries. By dint of English or French-only reportage or illiteracy or apathy, the countries in question never read the news, though editions of the foreign papers were often available to them, albeit a few weeks late.
Today myriad platforms exist for locals to vet the correspondence. On Facebook and elsewhere, cultural notes are double-checked, alternate spellings are suggested, and, most importantly, the local view on events--often wholly absent in some countries' tightly controlled national press--is argued. Global Post has made waves responding to the new situation in the field. From their not-so exotic locales, battalion's of freelancers write stories, all of which can be commented on by readers. Though they are still spread too thinly to catch all the newsworthy items, correspondents at least have an active audience in their neighborhoods which is more than many American papers can claim right now.
Research in plant neurobiology shows that plants have senses, intelligence and emotions.
- The field of plant neurobiology studies the complex behavior of plants.
- Plants were found to have 15-20 senses, including many like humans.
- Some argue that plants may have awareness and intelligence, while detractors persist.
E-cigarettes may be safer than traditional cigarettes, but they come with their own risks.
- A new study used an MRI machine to examine how vaping e-cigarettes affects users' cardiovascular systems immediately after inhalation.
- The results showed that vaping causes impaired circulation, stiffer arteries and less oxygen in their blood.
- The new study adds to a growing body of research showing that e-cigarettes – while likely safer than traditional cigarettes – are far from harmless.
Since the idea of locality is dead, space itself may not be an aloof vacuum: Something welds things together, even at great distances.
- Realists believe that there is an exactly understandable way the world is — one that describes processes independent of our intervention. Anti-realists, however, believe realism is too ambitious — too hard. They believe we pragmatically describe our interactions with nature — not truths that are independent of us.
- In nature, properties of Particle B may be depend on what we choose to measure or manipulate with Particle A, even at great distances.
- In quantum mechanics, there is no explanation for this. "It just comes out that way," says Smolin. Realists struggle with this because it would imply certain things can travel faster than light, which still seems improbable.