Fighting against fake news in Philippines
Online trolling and the spread of fake news articles on social medias continues to shape the political landscape. It is difficult for news consumers to differentiate between verifiable sources of information and misinformation. The University of the Philippines launched TVUP, an online public service television network that can help the public discern the credibility of the information found online. The University began offering free massive open online courses, or MOOCs in 2013. It is only recently, however, through the creation of TVUP, that the open online model has been used to counter misinformation on the internet. The aim is to “help learners develop their critical thinking skills to enable them to better identify reliable information in news reports and to become better informed about the world they live in”.
Chemistry lab evacuated at the University of Bristol
The University of Bristol said triacetone triperoxide (TATP) was “unintentionally formed” in its chemistry laboratory on 3rd of February by a PhD student who was following a published literature method during a routine procedure. It is the same explosive that was used in the Paris terror attacks back in 2015. After the chemistry building was evacuated in precaution, police, fire service and bomb disposal experts were called to the building and carried out a controlled disposal of the substance. No one was injured in the incident.
Students are suffering mental health problems because of university debts
Financial technology company Intelligent Environments commissioned a survey that discovered a sad fact that majority of students face problems such as inability to afford to buy food and mental health issues because of the rising cost of living and high tuition fees. Over a quarter of students admitted they missed rent payments and one in seven have been chased by debt collectors because of it. Student loans put pressure on many young people and as a result there are mental health issues that can follow them for the rest of their lives. Money often becomes a major concern and therefore it is difficult to concentrate on studies.