Thursday, March 21, 2019

LIFE

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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A new procedure may preserve fertility in kids with cancer after chemo or radiation

Cancer in children was often a death sentence in decades past, but new therapies have saved their lives. Many of these treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation, however, made them infertile. Now, new research...

March Madness: With gambling legal in eight states, who really wins?

March means springtime, but also breathless headlines of Cinderellas, busted brackets and buzzer beaters. This year, it’ll also include talk of “sharps,” “handles” and “point spreads,” as millions more Americans are able to openly wager...

Will more genetically engineered foods be approved under the FDA’s new leadership?

The world of food and drug regulation was rocked earlier this month by the news of a change in leadership at the Food and Drug Administration. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb resigned and will step down...

Nuns were secluded to avoid scandals in early Christian monastic communities

Pope Francis recently stated that Catholic nuns in various parts of the world, including Africa, Europe, India and Latin America, have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and bishops. In his comments during...

Niger has the world’s highest birth rate – and that may be a recipe...

While fertility levels have declined rapidly in most parts of the world, many countries in the sub-Saharan African region of the Sahel have seen their reproductive rates go down very slowly, and only very...

Niger has the world’s highest birth rate – and that may be a problem

While fertility levels have declined rapidly in most parts of the world, many countries in the sub-Saharan African region of the Sahel have seen their reproductive rates go down very slowly, and only very...

We need more teachers of color, so why do we use tests that keep...

Students of color seldom see teachers who look like them. This is because many aspiring teachers of color are pushed out of the profession before they have a chance to start. It’s not poor...

Your pet on pot, or even CBD: Not a good thing, a vet toxicologist...

My family and I were on vacation in Florida recently and took advantage of a free afternoon to do some gift shopping for local memorabilia – not your ordinary T-shirts and key chains. Our...

Your pet on pot, or even CBD: Not a good thing, a vet toxicologist...

My family and I were on vacation in Florida recently and took advantage of a free afternoon to do some gift shopping for local memorabilia – not your ordinary T-shirts and key chains. Our...

Why social movements like #MeToo seem to come out of nowhere

Many of history’s revolutions and social movements have emerged with little or no warning. Even those leading the charge are often taken aback, even stunned, when they succeed. Alexis de Tocqueville reported that no one...

Livestreamed massacre means it’s time to shut down Facebook Live

When word broke that the massacre in New Zealand was livestreamed on Facebook, I immediately thought of Robert Godwin Sr. In 2017, Godwin was murdered in Cleveland, Ohio, and initial reports indicated that the...

Teens have less face time with their friends – and are lonelier than ever

Ask a teen today how she communicates with her friends, and she’ll probably hold up her smartphone. Not that she actually calls her friends; it’s more likely that she texts them or messages them...

5 ways summer camp makes a difference – and what to look for in...

In popular culture, summer camp is often portrayed as a place where pranks are played, romances unfold and underdogs triumph. Classic summer camp movies such as the 1979 film “Meatballs” or, more recently, the...

The bias hiding in your library

For many years, the Library of Congress categorized many of its books under a controversial subject heading: “Illegal aliens.” But then, on March 22, 2016, the library made a momentous decision, announcing that it was...

Even if Netanyahu goes, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will continue

After a decade in office, Benjamin Netanyahu’s long tenure as Israel’s prime minister may soon be ending. Whether his Likud Party loses power following Israel’s election on April 9, or he’s forced to resign the...

Death penalty moratorium in California – what it means for the state and for...

Both celebration – and ire – followed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement of a moratorium on the death penalty in California. California’s 737 death row inmates constitute more than a quarter of the national number. Keeping...

A case against a moratorium on germline gene editing

Should researchers put the brakes on genetically engineering babies? Leading scientists and ethicists recently called for a moratorium on clinical applications of germline gene editing: inheritable alterations to the DNA of embryos to improve...

Violence against women is overlooked in its role in opioid epidemic

One night, a woman I’ll call Tonya got a compliment from a guy when she was out with her boyfriend. Tonya’s boyfriend cursed her because another man had complimented her. He said: “You give...

White nationalism, born in the USA, is now a global terror threat

The recent massacre of 50 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand is the latest confirmation that white supremacy is a danger to democratic societies across the globe. Despite President Donald Trump’s suggestion...

Does most of your paycheck go to rent? That may be hurting your health

New data on health across the U.S. shows that high housing costs are harming Americans’ health – and that some communities are affected more than others. The 2019 County Health Rankings, an annual collaborative report...

A half-century before the hashtag, artists were on the front lines of #MeToo

The #MeToo movement has had a sweeping effect on politics, organized religion, educational institutions, Hollywood, sports and the military. The cultural prominence of rape and sexual assault might be new. Efforts to bring attention to...

A half-century before the hashtag, artists were on the front lines of #MeToo

The #MeToo movement has had a sweeping effect on politics, organized religion, educational institutions, Hollywood, sports and the military. The cultural prominence of rape and sexual assault might be new. Efforts to bring attention to...

What is the significance of Friday prayers in Islam?

Following the terror attack on two New Zealand mosques last week, many Muslim communities across the world gathered as usual for their most important weekly ritual – Friday prayers. In the past few years, Muslims...

The politics of fear: How it manipulates us to tribalism

The cruel murder of 50 people in New Zealand was another tragic reminder of how humans are capable of heartlessly killing their own kind just based on what they believe, how they worship, and...

Why some counties are powerhouses for innovation

By the time the application window closed, Amazon had received 238 proposals from cities and regions throughout North America looking to become the second headquarters of the behemoth tech company. Amazon invited proposals especially from...

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot: A 300-year-old cyclone persists but is shrinking

The Great Red Spot, a storm larger than the Earth and powerful enough to tear apart smaller storms that get drawn into it, is one of the most recognizable features in Jupiter’s atmosphere and...

Danger ahead in the constitutional standoff over Trump’s emergency declaration

President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to build a border wall has provoked a constitutional confrontation with Congress. Here’s how we got to this point. On Feb. 26, the House voted 245-182 under the National Emergency...

For Native Americans, US-Mexico border is an ‘imaginary line’

Immigration restrictions were making life difficult for Native Americans who live along – and across – the U.S.-Mexico border even before President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to build his border wall. The traditional...

Student loans and ‘risk-sharing’ – the problem with penalizing colleges when graduates can’t pay

When a student borrows money from the government to go to college and then has serious trouble paying it back, should the college be on the hook to help pay back the government? That...

Wastewater is an asset – it contains nutrients, energy and precious metals, and scientists...

Most people think as little as possible about the wastewater that is produced daily from their showers, bathtubs, sinks, dishwashers and toilets. But with the right techniques, it can become a valuable resource. On average,...

Here’s how airplane crash investigations work, according to an aviation safety expert

The fatal crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 has resulted in the worldwide grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Investigators are probing the crash and another like it that occurred less than five months...

New evidence for a human magnetic sense that lets your brain detect the Earth’s...

Do human beings have a magnetic sense? Biologists know other animals do. They think it helps creatures including bees, turtles and birds navigate through the world. Scientists have tried to investigate whether humans belong on...

From ‘Wild Horses’ to ‘Wild Things,’ a window into Maurice Sendak’s creative process

Fans of “Where the Wild Things Are,” Maurice Sendak’s most famous book, might know every page by heart. But few know the winding path it took from idea to published book – a gestation process...

Teaching in America’s prisons has taught me to believe in second chances

In 2007, I gave someone a second chance. I was in Danbury Federal Correctional Institution recruiting women for a new program for people returning from prison that I was running in New York City. A...

Teaching in America’s prisons has taught me to believe in second chances

In 2007, I gave someone a second chance. I was in Danbury Federal Correctional Institution recruiting women for a new program for people returning from prison that I was running in New York City. A...

Global study of pancreatic cancer offers possible insights into treatment and early detection

When “Jeopardy!” episode 7059 aired on April 30, 2015, the category was “The Human Body,” the price was $2,000, and the clue was “This gland’s main duct, the duct of Wirsung, collects its juices...

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Buddhist monk who introduced mindfulness to the West, prepares to...

Thich Nhat Hanh, the monk who popularized mindfulness in the West, has returned home to Vietnam to enjoy the rest of his life. Devotees from many parts of the world are visiting the ailing...

Racists in Congress fought statehood for Hawaii, but lost that battle 60 years ago

Sixty years ago, Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation making Hawaii America’s 50th state. The Hawaii admission act followed a centuries-old tradition in which American territories –acquired through war, conquest and purchase – became fully integrated...

Restoring tropical forests isn’t meaningful if those forests only stand for 10 or 20...

Tropical forests globally are being lost at a rate of 61,000 square miles a year. And despite conservation efforts, the global rate of loss is accelerating. In 2016 it reached a 15-year high, with...

Adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census would cost some states their congressional...

A partisan battle is brewing over the 2020 census. In March 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross instructed the U.S. Census Bureau to add a new question to the 2020 questionnaire, asking respondents whether they...

Automated control system caused Ethiopia crash, flight data suggests

Emerging evidence from the recent crash in Ethiopia suggests that malfunctioning automatic control systems overwhelmed the crew and doomed the flight. Based on my analysis, it appears that the Ethiopian Airlines crew followed the...

Editing genes shouldn’t be too scary — unless they are the ones that get...

Gene editing is one of the scarier things in the science news, but not all gene editing is the same. It matters whether researchers edit “somatic” cells or “germline” cells. Germline cells are the ones...

5 ways the Syrian revolution continues

Bashar al-Assad has “won” the war in Syria – or so many analysts tell us. His regime has reconquered swaths of territory from rebel forces with starvation-and-surrender sieges, barrel bombs, chemical weapons and what one...

Why rich parents are more likely to be unethical

Federal attorneys have arrested 50 people in a college admission scam that allowed wealthy parents to buy their kids’ admission to elite universities. Prosecutors found that parents together paid up to US$6.5 million to...

Why a college admissions racket would funnel bribes through a fake charity

Federal authorities are prosecuting dozens of suspects in the biggest college admissions scandal ever exposed. The joint FBI and IRS investigation, dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” uncovered millions of dollars in bribe money wealthy parents...

Marijuana is a lot more than just THC – a pharmacologist looks at the...

Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states as of November 2018. Yet the federal government still insists marijuana has no legal use and is easy to abuse. In the meantime, medical marijuana dispensaries have...

Consumer rights are worthless without enforcement

Exactly 57 years ago, President John F. Kennedy made an impassioned pitch for stronger consumer rights. “If consumers are offered inferior products, if prices are exorbitant, if drugs are unsafe or worthless, if the consumer...

Jamaica leads in Richard Branson-backed plan for a Caribbean climate revolution

After hurricanes Irma and Maria tore through the Caribbean in 2017, devastating dozens of islands – including billionaire Richard Branson’s private isle, Necker Island – Branson called for a “Caribbean Marshall Plan.” He wanted world...

Why meritocracy is a myth in college admissions

The most damaging myth in American higher education is that college admissions is about merit, and that merit is about striving for – and earning – academic excellence. This myth is often used as...

Sandy Hook lawsuit court victory opens crack in gun maker immunity shield

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled on March 14 that families of the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting victims could proceed with a lawsuit against the companies that manufactured and sold the semiautomatic rifle used...