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WHAT IF THE 5 SENSES ARE REALLY JUST 1?

Ask even the youngest schoolchild how many senses we have and she’ll tell you five: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Neuroscientist Don Katz thinks this might be wrong. The correct answer, he says, will most likely turn out to be one. For nearly a decade, Katz, an associate professor of psychology at Brandeis University, has been investigating the interconnection …

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The global south has free trade to thank for its obesity and diabetes epidemic

You wouldn’t think that free-trade deals could lead to a diabetes and obesity epidemic, but they have. Today, many countries in the global south are seeing an explosion of these afflictions – all because their governments welcomed in transnational food companies looking for new “growth markets” for poor quality, heavily processed or just plain junk food. For big conglomerates to …

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Unjust Public Policies Drive the Massive Racial Wealth Gap in America: Study

The yawning racial wealth gap in the United States is no accident, but rather, driven by unjust public policy decisions—from the re-segregation of education to the redlining of home ownership to poverty wages, according to a new analysis by Brandeis University and the public policy organization Demos. Inequalities are vast, note the researchers. For example, Census data shows that, in 2011, median …