Benjamin was previously editor of an online technology news magazine called The Connectivist, for which he executed a successful editorial strategy that expanded readership, established that publication within the technology world, and ensured high quality. Benjamin’s work has been published by Wired Magazine, CNN Health and Scientific American. He has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University with an advanced certificate in science, health and environmental reporting and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Imperial College, London.
New research shows that educating teenage girls about the risks of female genital mutilation changes their opinions to view it less favorably, but experts say that alone won’t work.
Students may not realize the toll that anxiety over studying is taking on their bodies. Fortunately, that pressure can be managed and mitigated.
Two studies highlight the stresses of student life, both physical and mental.
Researchers are taking a closer look at rivers and lakes that supply drinking water to cities in northern Iraq. They worry that heavy metal concentrations may pose health hazards.
Strokes are an increasingly common health problem in Arab countries. A scientist in Abu Dhabi uses technology and careful observation to better evaluate stroke severity and improve rehabilitation.
Researchers are developing single treatments that could fight a wide variety of disease-causing viruses, many of them prevalent in Arab countries.
An Arab reluctance to discuss sexual orientation and sexuality makes it difficult to study related topics in the Middle East, researchers say. But they’re optimistic about the future as attitudes change.
Data analysis by Al-Fanar Media has found that two of the highest research producers in the Arab world—Egypt and Saudi Arabia—also have some of the highest rates of retracted articles, which are often related to scientific misconduct.
A UNESCO policy paper calls on schools and teachers to detect and treat the mental-health problems of refugee pupils. Many of the recommendations are relevant to universities.
Some researchers say winning government permission for work with humans or human tissue is unnecessarily difficult in some Arab countries, slowing them down.