Facebook reportedly investigated over ‘systemic’ racism in hiring

Facebook reportedly investigated over ‘systemic’ racism in hiring

Facebook has publicly committed to fighting racism, but there are concerns that isn’t translating to its recruitment practices. Reuters sources say the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is investigating possible “systemic” racism in Facebook’s hiring and job promotions. Facebook program manager Oscar Veneszee Jr. and four candidates have reportedly accused the social network of…

COVID-19 drives smell loss awareness, research

COVID-19 drives smell loss awareness, research

The pandemic has thrust a relatively unknown ailment, anosmia — or smell loss — into the international spotlight. Why it matters: Researchers hope smell testing becomes as standard as the annual flu shot, helping to detect early signs of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.”Loss of smell is associated with so many different health conditions,”…

Mexican Americans are the US largest Latino group but lack political power for their numbers

Mexican Americans are the US largest Latino group but lack political power for their numbers

Mexican Americans make up the nation’s largest Latino group, yet they remain politically outshined by more recently arrived Cuban Americans.Why it matters: The disparities in political power between Mexican Americans and Cuban Americans reflect the racial, historical, geographical and economic differences within Latino cultures in the U.S. For the first time in U.S. history, the…

A coronavirus vaccine passport to nowhere

A coronavirus vaccine passport to nowhere

Vaccine passports could become available soon to help people resume their lives — but they face numerous scientific, social and political barriers to being accepted.The big picture: Reliable and accessible proof of vaccine-induced protection from the novel coronavirus could speed international travel and economic reopening, but obstacles to its wide-scale adoption are so great it…