Monday, September 25, 2017

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This Is Victor: Woman Helps Homeless Man Build New Life

For three years everyday, Ginger Sprouse and other residents of Kemah, Texas, would drive past Victor Hubbard, rain or shine. Victor Hubbard did not...

Single Mom Faces Eviction, Then Her 9-Year-Old Daughter Finds Amazing Way...

Young mom, Natalie Koltes was quickly approaching eviction from her Las Vegas home. She was struggling to meet ends meet while trying to pay...
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Surviving crisis: UN campaign to fight corruption in Guatemala has global implications

Massive protests recently broke out in Guatemala as the nation teetered on the edge of a major political crisis. Guatemalans took to the streets to decry President Jimmy Morales, who in August attempted to expel...

Just in time for your tailgate: How getting a drink can be dirty business

Have you ever thought about what might tag along when you add ice or a lemon slice to your drink? When lemons and ice are served in beverages, they not only bring flavor or...

3 reasons why we are addicted to smartphones

Apple recently announced the launch of its iPhone 8 and iPhone X, which come with sleek, new features. Apple also hopes to start a new community around the iPhones. Ahead of the launch, Angela...

Will North Korea sell its nuclear technology?

Earlier this month CIA Director Mike Pompeo suggested “the North Koreans have a long history of being proliferators and sharing their knowledge, their technology, their capacities around the world.” My research has shown that North...

Let them eat caviar: When charity galas waste money

When the Arc of Palm Beach County rented Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate for its 2016 Cowboy Ball, the organization lured guests with promises of “a gourmet meal in a gilded ballroom, an exciting live...

China’s leverage over ‘Rocket Man’ is key to avoiding nuclear war in East Asia

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un are playing a dangerous game of brinkmanship while also trading personal insults. Most recently, Trump blasted the “Rocket Man” in his inaugural speech to the...

Clock running out on health program for 9 million kids

Since the inauguration of President Trump, health care has been front and center in American politics. Yet, attention has almost exclusively been focused on the Affordable Care Act, most recently in the form of...

How an economic theory helped mire the United States in Vietnam

Questions of how the U.S. got mired in the Vietnam War and whether it was ultimately winnable have fascinated historians for half a century – most recently in Ken Burns’ new 18-hour documentary. A little-remembered...

Babies can learn the value of persistence by watching grownups stick with a challenge

You’re at home trying to make fresh tomato sauce, but can’t seem to get the tomatoes out of their plastic container from the grocery store. The bottom latch is not opening, so you pull...

Why Trump’s tirades are losing their potency

President Trump on Sept. 19 gave his inaugural speech to the United Nations General Assembly, where he characterized North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as a “rocket man on a suicide mission.” He also threatened...

The history of the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya

Some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims, a religious and ethnic minority community in Myanmar, have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since August this year. The United Nations has called the Rohingya the world’s most persecuted minority group and...

Chasing the flame: Does media coverage of wildfires probe deeply enough?

It is the dry season in western states, which means that large swaths of land are burning or smoldering and are likely to remain that way until the snows arrive. The 2017 wildfire year...

Saving amphibians from a deadly fungus means acting without knowing all the answers

The calls of frogs on warm nights in the spring are a welcome sound, telling listeners that the seasons are changing and summer is coming. Today, however, ponds that once echoed with the chirps,...

Why it’s offensive to offer a lamb dinner to the Hindu god Ganesha

A recent ad from the meat industry in Australia, seeking to promote lamb as a food that people from a wide range of religious backgrounds can consume, has given offense to many Hindus in...

Why an ad offering meat to the Hindu god Ganesha is offensive

A recent ad from the meat industry in Australia, seeking to promote lamb as a food that people from a wide range of religious backgrounds can consume, has given offense to many Hindus in...

The South Vietnamese who fled the fall of Saigon — and those who returned

More than 120,000 people fled Vietnam after the North Vietnamese captured Saigon on April 30, 1975. This chaotic evacuation has been captured in iconic photos, documentary films and oral histories. How did the Vietnamese seeking...

‘Medicare for all’ could be cheaper than you think

Public support for single-payer health care has been rising in recent months amid failed Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. That’s perhaps why Sen. Bernie Sanders on September 13 introduced a...

Flood insurance is broken. Here are some ways to fix it

Hundreds of thousands of Americans whose homes were damaged or destroyed by flooding from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma don’t know how they will pay for repairs, rebuilding or replacement. Likewise, the nation as a...

How the latest effort to repeal Obamacare would affect millions

At the end of July, the nation held its collective breath as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) looked poised to achieve his most formidable parliamentary accomplishment: the repeal and replacement of the Affordable...

Science communicators must consider short-term objectives while keeping their eyes on the prize

Most scientists say they got into science to make the world a better place and recognize this means sharing what they learn with a range of other people. But deciding to engage also means...

Trump speaks at the UN: 5 takeaways

It is a short distance from Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue to the United Nations headquarters on First Avenue, but these are different worlds. Donald Trump’s native world is one of unilateralism and competition,...

The most important ways parents can prepare children for school

With school starting, parents wonder what they can do to help their children succeed. Almost everyone knows that reading books with young children is important, and it is. But even more important is that...

As a warming climate changes Kodiak bears’ diets, impacts could ripple through ecosystems

After several years of studying brown bear ecology on Alaska’s Kodiak Island, I grew used to walking up streams into scenes of carnage. Where bears had killed and eaten spawning sockeye salmon, streambeds were...

Languages don’t all have the same number of terms for colors – scientists have...

People with standard vision can see millions of distinct colors. But human language categorizes these into a small set of words. In an industrialized culture, most people get by with 11 color words: black,...

Scientists are unraveling the mystery of your body’s clock – and soon may be...

For people who don’t get sleepy until 2 a.m., the buzz of an alarm clock can feel mighty oppressive. Relief may be on the horizon, thanks to the discovery this spring of a genetic mutation...

How the government can steal your stuff: 6 questions about civil asset forfeiture answered

Editor’s note: Should someone wearing a badge have the power to relieve a suspected drug dealer of his Maserati on the spot without giving him an opportunity to flee or liquidate and launder his...

Why Hurricanes Harvey and Irma won’t lead to action on climate change

It’s not easy to hold the nation’s attention for long, but three solid weeks of record-smashing hurricanes directly affecting multiple states and at least 20 million people will do it. Clustered disasters hold our attention...

The enduring power of Mosul’s rich and diverse past

The Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, built nearly a millennium ago and one of Iraq’s most revered religious sites, was destroyed when the Islamic State detonated explosives inside it in June of this year. Founded...

How the Pentagon tried to cure America of its ‘Vietnam syndrome’

In August 1965, Morley Safer, a reporter for “CBS News,” accompanied a unit of U.S. marines on a search-and-destroy mission to the Vietnamese village of Cam Ne. Using cigarette lighters and a flamethrower, the...

How affirmative action could cure cancer and heart disease

Affirmative action programs are designed to provide access to high-quality higher education for underrepresented minorities, but the Trump administration is targeting these essential programs by directing resources toward investigating and possibly suing colleges and...

Harvey and Irma present nearly perfect conditions for Zika-spreading mosquitoes

Even as the floodwaters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma begin to recede, significant but less obvious health threats remain. The standing water the storms have left behind will almost certainly cause an explosion of...

Rebuilding after disasters: 5 essential reads

The following is a roundup of previously published articles. Storm-battered communities in Texas and Florida are moving into the long process of rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. With scientists forecasting that climate change...

Roots of racism: 6 essential reads

On Friday, Sept. 15, “Third Rail with OZY” will discuss racism in the United States.These stories from The Conversation archive explore where racism came from and why it persists. 1. Going back to Europe American University...

How ‘dreamers’ and green card lottery winners strengthen the US economy

While President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans have long decried illegal immigration and proposed remedies like the wall and mass deportations, they have traditionally favored the legal kind, partly because their business donors...

‘Jesus People’ – a movement born from the ‘Summer of Love’

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love.” Popular culture remembers the tens of thousands of joyous young hippies that descended upon San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district to celebrate personal expression, drug...

Seeds in space – how well can they survive harsh, non-Earth conditions?

Will we someday colonize space? Will our children visit other planets? To achieve goals like these, we’ll need to crack one crucial challenge: how to feed ourselves for long periods away from Earth. A trip...

Hurricanes drive immigration to the US

In the last few weeks, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Katia have cut paths of destruction in the Caribbean, Mexico and the U.S. While recovery and reconstruction will be an immense effort in Houston and Miami,...

Even when it’s sitting in storage, coal threatens human health

President Trump and his appointees have pledged to end what they call the “war on coal” – policies designed to reduce the health and environmental impacts from producing and burning coal, such as toxic...

How Vietnam dramatically changed our views on honor and war

When Americans think of being at war, they might think of images of their fellow citizens suffering. We count the dead and wounded. We follow veterans on their difficult journey of recovery from physical injuries...

How Vietnam dramatically changed our views on soldiers, honor and war

When Americans think of being at war, they might think of images of their fellow citizens suffering. We count the dead and wounded. We follow veterans on their difficult journey of recovery from physical injuries...

Vietnam War: Who was right about what went wrong – and why it matters...

The ghosts of the Vietnam War no doubt hovered over a recently assembled conclave of President Donald Trump’s advisers as they deliberated over the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. In the Vietnam era, as today, the...

Vietnam: Who was right about what went wrong – and why it matters in...

The ghosts of the Vietnam War no doubt hovered over a recently assembled conclave of President Donald Trump’s advisers as they deliberated over the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. In the Vietnam era, as today, the...

How solar power can protect the US military from threats to the electric grid

As the U.S. military increases its use of drones in surveillance and combat overseas, the danger posed by a threat back at home grows. Many drone flights are piloted by soldiers located in the...

Can ‘Game of Thrones’ teach us about the meaning of life?

When the popular television series “Game of Thrones” ended last month, fans bemoaned the long wait until the final season. Speculation pegs next summer as the earliest possibility. In the meantime, posts on the...

During Vietnam War, music spoke to both sides of a divided nation

Music is central to Ken Burns’s new Vietnam War documentary, with an original score accompanied by samples of the era’s most popular musicians, from the Rolling Stones to Bob Dylan. According to USA Today,...

During Vietnam, music spoke to both sides of a divided nation

Music is central to Ken Burns’s new Vietnam War documentary, with an original score accompanied by samples of the era’s most popular musicians, from the Rolling Stones to Bob Dylan. According to USA Today,...

Paris and Los Angeles bids to host Olympics expose deeper crisis at Olympic Games

It’s official: We now have hosts for the next two Summer Olympics. Paris will host in 2024 and Los Angeles in 2028. It looks like a victory for the International Olympic Committee, as the result...

Irma price gouging highlights sad truth: Consumer fleecing is the new normal

Since Hurricane Irma put Florida in its sights, there have been thousands of reports of price gouging on everything from water to gasoline. The most notable complaint was not, however, the one alleging a US$72...

5 things that have changed about FEMA since Katrina – and 5 that haven’t

Hurricanes, wildfires and earthquakes – is the Federal Emergency Management Agency ready for the new era of disasters? I’m a professor of public administration and policy at Virginia Tech, and I’ve written a book explaining...

5 ways to stretch your disaster relief dollars

Many Americans want to help the people suffering from recent natural disasters in the U.S. and elsewhere. There’s no shortage of media reports listing groups that are taking these donations, which may ultimately total billions...