Benjamin Plackett

Benjamin Plackett

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.

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Arts & Culture Gender Refugees Research Terrorism

Iraqi Researchers Use Art to Help Sexual-Violence Survivors

Benjamin Plackett | 01 Feb 2019

In a region with a psychiatrist shortage, nonexperts are called on to help refugees cope with psychological trauma. Art therapy is one way this is happening in Iraq.

Development Research Science

Iraqi Laboratory Engineers Better Crops for Farmers

Benjamin Plackett | 14 Jan 2019

A researcher at the University of Duhok is experimenting with growing plants in controlled conditions to provide plants to farmers that might resist disease and bear fruit sooner.

Faculty Research Science

The Cradle of Humankind Could Be in North, Not East Africa

Benjamin Plackett | 02 Jan 2019

New discoveries of fossils in North Africa and evidence of prehistoric butchery make experts rethink the story of human evolution.

Research Science

Geologists Search for Clues to Dinosaurs’ Extinction

Benjamin Plackett | 10 Dec 2018

In Iraq, researchers hope to find rock layers that yield an understanding of how and why life came back after dinosaurs died out.

Students Teaching Terrorism

Mosul’s Students Return to a Battered Campus

Benjamin Plackett | 26 Nov 2018

The University of Mosul’s professors and students have come back to the campus, but have to cope with demolished and scarred infrastructure and lingering security concerns.

Architecture Development Research Teaching

Iraqi City Displays Grassroots Urban Planning

Benjamin Plackett | 21 Nov 2018

New informal settlements built in Duhok are improving their designs, partly out of fear of government reprisals.

Health & Medicine Research Schools Students

Books in Bags Lead to Back Pain

Benjamin Plackett | 29 Oct 2018

New research measured the forces on students’ spines created by heavy backpacks, and how poor posture amplifies those forces.

Data & Surveys Development Politics

Arab Citizens Are Disenchanted with Politics

Benjamin Plackett | 16 Oct 2018

Analysis of detailed 2016 survey data indicates a lack of interest among residents of Arab countries in civic engagement.

Finances Internet Research

Qatari Research Shows Environmental Cost of Bitcoin

Benjamin Plackett | 12 Oct 2018

New research shows that the digital currency has a large environmental impact, but not all experts agree that it is a cause for concern.

Gender Health & Medicine Research

Keeping an Eye on Blindness, A Regional Issue

Benjamin Plackett | 13 Sep 2018

The causes of vision loss in the Arab region are changing, researchers say, and public health policy makers need to listen.




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