Society & Culture

Image of Khonsuemheb and his family. Image: Institute of Egyptology, Waseda University
30 June 2014
Japanese archaeologists from Waseda University have discovered a tomb that probably dates back more than 3000 years to the Ramesside Period of Ancient Egypt (c. 1292–1070 BC). The tomb’s owner was Khonsuemheb, chief brewer for the goddess Mut. Led by Professor Jiro...
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language
30 June 2014
Malaccan Portuguese Creole, spoken mainly by a small community in Malaysia, is getting a breath of life as researchers and community members archive this rapidly disappearing language. The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) estimates that if nothing is done,...
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Dr Guieb with the Dumaracol chanters. Image: Jenifer Lie
27 June 2014
Researchers from the Philippines are searching for the last chanters of an epic tale. Reconstructing the tale may help the researchers understand the local knowledge systems and cultural practices of one of the country’s oldest ethnic groups. The island province of Palawan,...
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Image: Colombo, Sri Lanka
27 June 2014
A study is comparing the experiences of internally displaced populations in Sri Lanka and India. How are they rebuilding their lives and what can governments do to promote security and protect livelihoods? Ethnic conflict, natural disaster and changes in land ownership are...
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bamboo
26 June 2014
Researchers in the Philippines have developed the world’s first music synthesizer to recreate the sounds of five traditional bamboo instruments: the Kolitong (polychordal bamboo tube zither), Diwas (bamboo panpipes), Takumbo (parallel-stringed tube zither), Gabbang (bamboo xylophone) and Bungkaka (bamboo buzzer). A team...
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Coastal town of Gopalpur, Odisha on 13 October, 2013, in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin. Image: ADRA India/ EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection
26 June 2014
Authorities, environmentalists and local stakeholders are working together on India’s east coast to assess the area’s biophysical and social vulnerabilities to climate change. This is helping them develop proactive adaptation strategies to protect the area and those who live in it from...
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This map depicts the migration of Asian women around the world, in response to growing demand for ccaregivers. ©Fulton Design 2014
26 June 2014
Researchers in North America and the Asia-Pacific region are exploring how the reorganization of domestic care work around the world is influencing migration patterns and how migration, in turn, is influencing social welfare and care. Professor Ito Peng of the University of...
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Image: Eric Parker/flickr
26 June 2014
A review of  maternal deaths in India’s Koppal district reveals that pervasive community gender bias contributes to avoidable deaths. Researchers are developing assessment tools for frontline healthcare workers to improve care for women. Because of their low social status, girls and women...
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Ek Chen, a village model farmer in the Fish on Farms project, feeding his fish. Bartay/IDRC
26 June 2014
Cambodians in Prey Veng Province are farming fish and improving fruit harvests to battle chronic malnutrition and to increase women’s shares in household incomes. Rice is a staple in the Cambodian diet. Although the country grows enough rice to meet its needs,...
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Bangkok, 2011      Image by Philip Roeland/flickr
18 March 2014
Megacities grapple with rapid population growth and a host of economic, social, and health challenges. An international team is looking for solutions that will help large coastal and river-delta cities cope with the risks posed by a changing climate, including sea-level rise...
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