Follow recent figures showing a rise in anti-semitic attacks in France, Euronews' Hassan Refaei asked Pascale Alhadeff, director of the Jewish Museum in Brussels what she made of the current situation. Her answers were sent on email. Four years ago, four people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the museum. Question Hassan Refaei: French government statistics published last week that nearly 500 anti-Semitic attacks happened in the country last year, an increase of 74 percent in comparison with 2017. In your opinion, is this escalation in anti-Semitism intensifying in France in particular, or perhaps you find that it is a wave moving throughout Europe, and what is the specificity of France in this context? Pascale Alhadeff: Anti-Semitism remains pervasive across the EU and has become disturbingly normalized. The phenomenon is not limited to France. The escalation and specificity of France is that it is taking place within a context of social protests. Anti-Semitic acts happened … [Read more...] about What is anti-semitism and why is it spreading in Europe?
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Business | What Is Talc, Where Is It Used and Why Is Asbestos a Concern? Supported by ByRoni Caryn Rabin Dec. 14, 2018 Nearly 12,000 women have sued Johnson & Johnson, with most claiming the talc in its well-known product Johnson’s Baby Powder caused their ovarian cancer. They now have a new potential legal front. In a recent case, a group of plaintiffs argued that the talc was contaminated with asbestos, a carcinogen considered unsafe at any level of exposure. A jury agreed with them, and awarded them $4.69 billion in damages in July. In Battle Over Johnson’s Baby Powder, Asbestos Opens a New Legal Front Johnson & Johnson says its product is safe. But asbestos, a carcinogen that can exist underground near talc, was a concern inside the company for decades. Dec. 14, 2018 … [Read more...] about What Is Talc, Where Is It Used and Why Is Asbestos a Concern?
Meira Gebel Detroit Free Press Published 1:45 PM EST Nov 21, 2018 If your child is teetering on the edge of depression, certain programming involving suicide can have powerful enough content to increase the risk of self-harm, a new study has found. Michigan Medicine, the health arm of University of Michigan, researched just how much impact the widely popular, and rather controversial, Netflix show "13 Reasons Why" had on vulnerable teenagers. The study didn’t confirm the show had a direct link in increasing suicide but instead concluded parents with at-risk children should be more vigilant of their viewing habits. The study only included teenagers who were previously considered at risk of suicide. The study did not include how this type of media exposure impacts kids who are not already considered depressed. The show, "13 Reasons Why" revolves around a 17-year-old high school student who, before taking her own life, leaves audiotapes for people she … [Read more...] about ’13 Reasons Why’ on Netflix used in teen suicide risk study
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 3:56 PM EDT Sep 18, 2018 EAST LANSING — Famous neighbors usually have some stories about each other. Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio shared one Tuesday about, Tom Izzo, who lives in the same subdivision as Dantonio. Dantonio started to discuss his team’s upcoming Big Ten opener at Indiana (7:30 p.m. Saturday/BTN), which is the 23rd-ranked Spartans’ third straight night game. He mentioned how he and his team got back from a late loss at Arizona State — finishing at 2:18 a.m. EDT on Sunday and getting back to campus around 9 a.m. — but said basketball players have it worse with travel throughout the course of their longer season with games every day of the week. Dantonio brought up the effect those long days have on players’ academics in both sports. More: Michigan State football, Indiana locked in on Big Ten opener More: Michigan State's Mark Dantonio mum on injuries heading into Indiana … [Read more...] about Why is Tom Izzo in Mark Dantonio’s driveway at 5:30 a.m.?
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is announcing several academic hires in artificial intelligence, including Carnegie Mellon researcher Jessica Hodgins, who's known for her work making animated figures move in more human-like ways. The hires raise a big question — why is Facebook interested in robots? The answer is central to the problem of how AI systems work today. Today, most successful AI systems require millions of points of human-labeled data, like photos of cats, to train themselves to recognize faces and objects like people do. Or they have to play games tens of thousands of times, like Google's AlphaGo Zero did. Yann LeCun (luh-COON), Facebook's chief AI scientist, says some of the best ideas for getting AI systems to learn faster and with less data are coming from the field of robotics. … [Read more...] about Why is Facebook keen on robots? It’s just the future of AI