Monday, November 12, 2018

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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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Commemorating the ‘Great War,’ America’s forgotten conflict

World War I was still a living memory for most Americans when I was growing up in the 1960s and early 1970s. Aging doughboys who had fought on the Western Front in 1917 and 1918...

What mass shootings do to those not shot: Social consequences of mass gun violence

Mass shootings seem to have become a sad new normal in the American life. They happen too often, and in very unexpected places. Concerts, movie theaters, places of worship, schools, bars and restaurants are...

Americans got to vote on lots of energy measures in 2018 – and mostly...

Americans in at least seven states voted on ballot initiatives during the 2018 midterm elections. These measures targeted everything from raising targets for the share of electricity drawn from renewable energy to charging a...

Americans got to vote on lots of energy measures in 2018 – and mostly...

Americans in at least seven states voted on ballot initiatives during the 2018 midterm elections. These measures targeted everything from raising targets for the share of electricity drawn from renewable energy to charging a...

5 things to know about Fabiano Caruana and his quest to become world chess...

When Bobby Fischer became the first American-born world chess champion in 1972, it spurred a dramatic increase in interest in chess. For instance, after Fischer’s world championship victory against the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky,...

Could consciousness all come down to the way things vibrate?

Why is my awareness here, while yours is over there? Why is the universe split in two for each of us, into a subject and an infinity of objects? How is each of us...

The early-20th century German trans-rights activist who was decades ahead of his time

The Trump administration continues its assault on transgender rights. In July 2017, Trump sought to bar transgender people from serving in the military. Then, this past October, The New York Times obtained a memo indicating...

Myths and unknowns about chess and the contenders for the World Chess Championship

If Fabiano Caruana wins the World Chess Championship match against champion Magnus Carlsen this month, he will be the first American to hold the championship title since Bobby Fischer won it in 1972. The...

3 things Jeff Sessions did as attorney general that history should remember

President Donald Trump’s sacking of Attorney General Jeff Sessions has raised concerns among those who wish to see the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller continue unimpeded. Those same people will likely not lament Session’s...

Trump’s tariffs don’t apply to American flag imports from China – but they should

On Veterans Day, many Americans drape the Stars and Stripes around their neighborhoods, businesses promote U.S. flags alongside their holiday discounts, and officials display them in government buildings. The holiday started off as a day...

As Arctic ship traffic increases, narwhals and other unique animals are at risk

Most Americans associate fall with football and raking leaves, but in the Arctic this season is about ice. Every year, floating sea ice in the Arctic thins and melts in spring and summer, then...

How many women does it take to change a broken Congress?

The next United States Congress will have at least 123 women in the House and Senate, including two Muslim-American women, two Native American women and two 29-year-olds. Ten more women could still win in midterm...

Singles Day shows China’s global retail power

Nov. 11, or 11/11, has been celebrated as Singles Day – a sort of anti-Valentine’s Day for single people – since 1993. Chosen because its date has four ones in a row, the holiday...

Americans elected mayors who care about climate change

Being pro-environment was a winning strategy for this country’s mayors. Twelve mayors in America’s 100 largest cities faced re-election battles during the 2018 midterms, and mayors – both Democrats and Republicans – who followed pro-environmental...

The 116th Congress has more women and people of color than ever – but...

Women and people of color made substantial gains in the 2018 midterm elections toward diversifying the House and the Senate. For the past three and a half decades, my co-author, G. William Domhoff, and I...

Veterans have fought in wars – and fought against them

If President Donald Trump had his way, the nation would be celebrating the centennial of the World War I armistice on Nov. 11 with a massive military parade in Washington, D.C. But that won’t be...

On the 100th anniversary of WWI’s end, lessons on life in health care’s trenches

It is common these days to hear physicians, nurses and other health professionals refer to their daily work as “life in the trenches.” The phrase usually contrasts the experiences of patient-facing professionals with those...

Blasphemy law is repealed in Ireland, enforced in Pakistan – and a problem in...

The citizens of Ireland voted recently, in a nationwide referendum, to remove a clause from their constitution that had made blasphemy a criminal offense. Ireland’s now-defunct Defamation Act of 2009 prohibited the “publication or utterance...

What is public service loan forgiveness? And how do I qualify to get it?

The first group of borrowers who tried to get Public Service Loan Forgiveness – a George W. Bush-era program meant to provide relief to those who went into socially valuable but poorly paid public...

What is public service loan forgiveness? And how do I qualify to get it?

The first group of borrowers who tried to get Public Service Loan Forgiveness – a George W. Bush-era program meant to provide relief to those who went into socially valuable but poorly paid public...

How a self-powered glucose-monitoring device could help people with diabetes

Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S., with about 30.3 million adults having the disease. One in 4 adults does not even know he or she has diabetes. In addition, 84.1 million...

Could a self-powered glucose-monitoring device be the answer diabetics need?

Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S., with about 30.3 million adults having the disease. One in 4 adults does not even know he or she has diabetes. In addition, 84.1 million...

Driving autonomous cars off the beaten path

Autonomous vehicles can follow the general rules of American roads, recognizing traffic signals and lane markings, noticing crosswalks and other regular features of the streets. But they work only on well-marked roads that are...

How the ‘wave of women’ entering congress could turn the #MeToo movement into concrete...

The 2018 midterm elections represented the first electoral referendum of the #MeToo era. More than 500 women ran in primaries for federal office, a pipeline that ultimately led to a record number of women set...

#MeToo could become a national reckoning – if the new House treats it like...

The 2018 midterm elections represented the first electoral referendum of the #MeToo era. More than 500 women ran in primaries for federal office, a pipeline that ultimately led to a record number of women set...

The other 2018 midterm wave: A historic 10-point jump in turnout among young people

Voter turnout among 18 to 29-year-olds in the 2018 midterm elections was 31 percent, according to a preliminary estimate by The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. That’s...

The votes have been counted, the results are (mostly) in: What’s next for health...

Ever since the legislative battle over the passage of the Affordable Care Act, health care has dominated the political landscape in the United States. First, the bruising fight to enact the Affordable Care Act....

Left behind: The midterm view from Iowa

Now that the midterm election is over, many of my fellow Iowans are looking forward to resuming normal daily activities, finishing up the fall harvest, raking their lawns without the nuisance of political yard...

The US government has huge debts, and House Democrats could lead the way on...

Now that Democrats control the House, the question on many minds is what they will do with it. Incoming Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will focus on corruption, money in politics, drug prices, gun...

Coloradans reject restrictions on drilling distances from homes and schools

Coloradans rejected a ballot initiative that would have required new oil and gas projects to be set back at least 2,500 feet from occupied buildings. The measure – known as Proposition 112 and supported...

Latinos can be an electoral force in 2020

Latino turnout surged in the midterms, early signs show. There are 27.3 million eligible Latino voters in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center – 12 percent of the electorate. Historically, most haven’t...

Which country is best to live in? Our calculations say it’s not Norway

Every year, the United Nations releases the Human Development Index. The HDI is like a country’s report card. In a single number, it tells policymakers and citizens how well a country is doing. This year,...

Concussion prevention: Sorting through the science to see what’s sound

As his helmet collided violently with his opponent’s shoulder, Luke Kuechly looked like a life-size bobblehead doll. In an instant, the Carolina Panthers star linebacker suffered yet another concussion. His season, and perhaps career,...

Experiments with optical tweezers race to test the laws of quantum mechanics

One might think that the optical tweezer – a focused laser beam that can trap small particles – is old hat by now. After all, the tweezer was invented by Arthur Ashkin in 1970....

What’s behind the dramatic rise in 3-generation households?

In a recent study, I discovered that the number of kids living with their parents and grandparents – in what demographers call a three-generation household – has nearly doubled over the past two decades. Why...

Florida restores voting rights to 1.5 million citizens, which might also decrease crime

Voters in Florida approved a ballot measure on Tuesday that restores voting rights to citizens with felony convictions once they have completed their full sentence. The newly elected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis opposed the measure...

Marijuana expands into 3 more states, but nationwide legalization still unlikely

The midterm elections have further loosened marijuana restrictions in the United States. Voters in three of four states with ballot proposals on marijuana approved those initiatives. In Utah and Missouri, voters on Tuesday decided that...

2 economic policies likely to change with Democrats in control of House

Perhaps the biggest surprise in the midterm elections was that, unlike 2016, there wasn’t one. Polls and pundits expected Democrats would take control of the House and Republicans would keep the Senate, and that’s...

What image will define the 2018 election?

Every election has its iconic images. Or does it? There are standout images from previous campaigns. Barack Obama’s “Hope” poster, with all its homages and parodies, is a classic example. A supporter holds the poster...

Threats remain to US voting system – and voters’ perceptions of reality

As the 2018 midterms proceed, there are still significant risks to the integrity of the voting system – and information warfare continues to try to influence the American public’s choices when they cast their...

Hurricanes and water wars threaten the Gulf Coast’s new high-end oyster industry

For Cainnon Gregg, 2018 started out as a great year. After leaving his job as an installation artist to become a full-time oyster farmer in Wakulla County, Florida in 2017, Gregg began raising small...

Racial and ethnic minorities are more vulnerable to wildfires

Over the last decade, the U.S. has seen an average of 70,512 wildland fires every year, annually burning about 6.8 million acres. With climate change, scientists expect fires to become more frequent and more...

A game plan for technology companies to actually help save the world

Smartphones, computers and social media platforms have become indispensable parts of modern life, but the technology companies that make them and write their software are under siege. In any given week, Facebook or Google...

How Christian missionary media shaped the world

The Christian Broadcasting Network, founded over 50 years ago by evangelist Pat Robertson, has now launched the first 24-hour Christian television news channel. Robertson said that the channel would help viewers understand how current events...

New findings add twist to screen time limit debate

Many parents want to know how much time their kids should be spending in front of screens, whether it’s their smartphones, tablets or TV. For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics had suggested a limit...

Colonizing Mars means contaminating Mars – and never knowing for sure if it had...

The closest place in the universe where extraterrestrial life might exist is Mars, and human beings are poised to attempt to colonize this planetary neighbor within the next decade. Before that happens, we need...

There’s more to health care access than pre-existing conditions

Health care has been a universal topic of discussion this political season. Candidates from both parties say they are in favor of it, although definitions of “it” vary widely. But what all agree is...

Independent voters will decide Arizona’s historic female Senate race

Throughout most of U.S. history, races for the Senate have featured two men. This year is different. Twenty-two women are running for the U.S. senate. Six senatorial contests feature two women competing against one another. It’s...

Strict Amazon protections made Brazilian farmers more productive, new research shows

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new president, will make many decisions during his four-year term, from combating violence to stimulating a stagnant economy. Those decisions will have large impacts on Brazilians, who remain deeply divided over the...

State cap-and-trade systems offer evidence that carbon pricing can work

The latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report argues that carbon pollution must be cut to zero by 2050 to avoid devastating levels of climate change. Achieving that goal will require swiftly transforming the...