Thursday, April 19, 2018

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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2008 financial crisis still seems like only yesterday for single women

For many Americans, the financial crisis that plunged the global economy into recession a decade ago may seem like a distant memory. Household net worth – the difference between assets and debts – reached a...

The US is stingier with child care and maternity leave than the rest of...

In most American families led by couples, both parents are in the workforce. At the same time, nearly 1 in 4 U.S. children are being raised by single moms. Yet child care is generally unaffordable...

Cuba’s new president: What to expect of Miguel Díaz-Canel

Cuba has a new president – and for the first time in six decades, his last name is not Castro. Cuba’s National Assembly has elected Cuba’s First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel to replace 87-year-old Raúl...

Your next pilot could be drone software

Would you get on a plane that didn’t have a human pilot in the cockpit? Half of air travelers surveyed in 2017 said they would not, even if the ticket was cheaper. Modern pilots...

What is the TPP and can the US get back in?

President Donald Trump recently said he was open to returning to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but only if he could get a “substantially better” deal than his predecessor. This apparent change of heart, announced via Twitter,...

Barbara Bush may have suffered from a chronic lung disease called COPD – a...

Former First Lady Barbara Bush died on April 17, 2018, two days after spokespeople said that she had decided not to seek additional medical treatment. CNN had reported that Barbara Bush had COPD. I am...

Superman at 80: How two high school friends concocted the original comic book hero

Superman – the first, most famous American superhero – turns 80 this year. The comics, toys, costumes and billion-dollar Hollywood blockbusters can all trace their ancestry to the first issue of “Action Comics,” which hit...

Americans support legal marijuana – but states don’t agree on how to regulate it

On 4/20, many across the U.S. gather to celebrate their love and appreciation for marijuana. Polls show that 64 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. But, despite the majority support, there’s no clear consensus on...

How the lowly mushroom is becoming a nutritional star

Mushrooms are often considered only for their culinary use because they are packed with flavor-enhancers and have gourmet appeal. That is probably why they are the second most popular pizza topping, next to pepperoni. In...

What is hell?

The recent dispute over whether Pope Francis denied the existence of hell in an interview attracted wide attention. This isn’t surprising, since the belief in an afterlife, where the virtuous are rewarded with a...

What Earth Day means when humans possess planet-shaping powers

For nearly 50 years, Earth Day has provided an opportunity for people across the globe to come together and rally in support of the natural world. While the specific challenges have varied, the goal...

The Second Amendment comes first in teaching constitutional law

Twenty years ago, when I was a law student taking constitutional law, the Second Amendment did not even come up in class. Today, as a law professor, I teach the Second Amendment as the very...

Después de una acalorada elección, Costa Rica ya no parece tan excepcional

Read in English. Carlos Alvarado Quesada ganó la presidencia costarricense con 61% de los votos, una victoria contundente para un candidato progresista que llegó al día de las elecciones en empate técnico con su rival...

Would America vote for Oprah for president?

America has had a black president. Is the country ready for a black president who is also a woman? Speculation about the candidacy of Oprah Winfrey makes clear that some voters think so. Granted, Winfrey says...

US rivers are becoming saltier – and it’s not just from treating roads in...

The United States has made enormous progress in reducing water pollution since the Clean Water Act was passed nearly 50 years ago. Rivers no longer catch fire when oil slicks on their surfaces ignite....

How China’s winemakers succeeded (without stealing)

Joint ventures between Western and Chinese companies are in the news over accusations – including those of President Donald Trump – that China uses them to steal intellectual property from foreign competitors in industries...

A scholar’s journey to understand the needs of Pol Pot’s survivors

Forty-three years ago today, the Khmer Rouge took power in Cambodia. Their radical regime, led by the dictator Pol Pot, inflicted countless atrocities and left deep wounds. Neighbors turned against one another. Families were...

Will US-Japan friendship survive uncertainty in Asia?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Largo on April 17 and 18. The relationship between these two leaders’ countries may help shape the U.S. approach to upcoming talks with...

Pope Francis’ apology for abuse in Chile would once have been unthinkable

In a letter on April 11 to the bishops of Chile, Pope Francis asked forgiveness for his “serious errors of assessment and perception.” His apologies were directed to the victims of Fr. Fernando Karadima,...

Children are natural optimists – which comes with psychological pros and cons

You might hesitate to make a character judgment about someone based on a first encounter. Most adults would probably want to see how a stranger acts in several different circumstances, to decide whether someone...

Light at night can disrupt circadian rhythms in children – are there long-term risks?

A new scientific study shows that bright electric light exposure of preschool children in the evening suppresses melatonin production almost completely, an important addition to the growing body of research in this area. Melatonin...

Choosing the wrong college can be bad for your mental health

Going off to college might be a source of anxiety for some students, but once a student is on campus it shouldn’t be a total drag. But that tends to happen more frequently when a...

Before Trump was anti-Cuba, he wanted to open a hotel in Havana

Presidents Raul Castro and Donald Trump both canceled trips to April’s Summit of the Americas in Peru, avoiding a potential confrontation – though U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez...

The real IRS scandal has more to do with budget cuts than bias

Conservatives have been seething since 2013 over what they say was an unfair effort by the IRS to scrutinize right-leaning organizations more closely than other groups seeking nonprofit status. As a report from the Treasury...

Bearing witness to Cambodia’s horror, 20 years after Pol Pot’s death

Twenty years ago, on April 15, 1998, Pol Pot, the leader of Cambodia’s genocidal government during the late 1970s, died in his sleep at the age of 73. Born Saloth Sar, Pol Pot was...

The Trump administration’s new migratory bird policy undermines a century of conservation

The Trump administration has announced a position on protecting migratory birds that is a drastic pullback from policies in force for the past 100 years. In 1916, amid the chaos of World War I, U.S....

US airstrikes in Syria nothing more than theater

Despite outcries from horrified aficionados of Japanese theater, the term “Kabuki” seems to have found a permanent place in the American political lexicon. The term refers to an act that is more a contrived...

Syrian Kabuki

Despite outcries from horrified aficionados of Japanese theater, the term “Kabuki” seems to have found a permanent place in the American political lexicon. The term refers to an act that is more a contrived...

Since Boston bombing, terrorists are using new social media to inspire potential attackers

Five years ago, a deadly attack during the Boston Marathon made America’s nightmare come true: the radicalized boy next door. The research my colleagues and I conduct at Georgia State University tracks how terrorist organizations...

Syria, chemical weapons and the limits of international law

Consider this shocking fact: Despite horrific images of yet another chemical weapons attack in Syria, the U.S.-led humanitarian intervention to protect civilians on April 13 was fundamentally illegal. Under current international law, President Trump...

What to do if you owe the IRS money

Tax Day is finally here once more. If you’re getting a refund, lucky you. But if you owe the government money, you may be worried that you have to pay the amount due by...

How the new estate tax rules could reduce charitable giving by billions

Congress and the Trump administration scaled back the estate tax when they enacted the new tax law. Although the government didn’t do away with this tax altogether, as many conservatives had long called for, trimming...

What does the Speaker of the House do?

Rep. Paul Ryan, Republican speaker of the House, announced this week he will retire from Congress. What does the speaker do? Second in the line of presidential succession after the vice president, the speaker occupies a...

Mariah Carey says she has bipolar disorder; a psychiatrist explains what that is

Mariah Carey recently opened up about her struggle with bipolar disorder. As an assistant professor of psychiatry, I see her courage as an opportunity to explain bipolar disorder, a mood disorder that includes episodes of...

I’m an expat US scientist – and I’m returning to Trump’s America to stand...

Editor’s note: With the second March for Science scheduled for April 14, The Conversation is publishing articles in which scientists share their perspectives, including this one, on the role of scientists in society. Donald Trump’s...

I’m an expat US scientist – and I’m returning to Trump’s America

Editor’s note: With the second March for Science scheduled for April 14, The Conversation is publishing articles in which scientists share their perspectives, including this one, on the role of scientists in society. Donald Trump’s...

Wealthy Americans know less than they think they do about food and nutrition

Socioeconomics play a significant role in attitudes about food – especially concerns about safety and purchasing behavior. And higher income doesn’t always correlate with informed choices. On the contrary, our research shows that affluent...

How the CIA’s secret torture program sparked a citizen-led public reckoning in North Carolina

President Donald Trump’s nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel, is reported to have overseen a U.S. site in Thailand where torture of a suspected terrorist took place. Later she allegedly helped destroy evidence of...

5 food trends that are changing Latin America

Latin America’s economy has grown enormously over the past two decades. However, unemployment in the region still hovers at 8 percent, double that of the United States. Youth joblessness is even higher – almost 15...

How Facebook could reinvent itself – 3 ideas from academia

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony in front of Congress, following disclosures of personal data being misused by third parties, has raised the question over how and whether the social media company should be regulated....

The deaths of 76 Branch Davidians in April 1993 could have been avoided –...

Twenty-five years ago, on February 28, 1993, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents attempted to execute a “dynamic entry” into the home of a religious community at Mount Carmel, a property 10 miles...

Supreme Court case tests weight of old Native American treaties in 21st century

On April 18, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Washington v. United States, which pits the state of Washington against the United States and 21 Indian tribes. The main question...

Night owls may have 10 percent higher risk of early death, study says

Do you wake up bright eyed and bushy-tailed, greeting the sunrise with cheer and vigor? Or are you up late into the night and dread the sound of your alarm clock? We call this...

Facebook’s social responsibility should include privacy protection

In his congressional testimony, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg seemed to understand the importance of protecting both the security and privacy of Facebook’s 2.2 billion users. People in the United States have come...

Don’t shoot: When Dallas police draw their guns, they usually choose not to fire

The public has a right to question whether police are biased when they shoot and kill unarmed people of color. To do this, the public needs data about when police shootings occur, but that kind...

Assassination in Brazil unmasks the deadly racism of a country that would rather ignore...

When Marielle Franco, a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman, was shot to death in downtown Rio on March 14, her killing moved the world. Protesters took to the streets in New York, Paris, Buenos Aires...

Lawyers keep secrets locked up – that’s why they get asked to do the...

Lawyers seem to at the center of lot of scandals lately. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, whose office and hotel were raided by the FBI, is only the latest example. Harvey Weinstein’s law...

Lawyers keep secrets locked up – so they get asked to do the dirty...

Lawyers seem to at the center of lot of scandals lately. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, whose office and hotel were raided by the FBI, is only the latest example. Harvey Weinstein’s law...

Resistance to school integration in the name of ‘local control’: 5 questions answered

Editor’s note: The word “secession” is often used in reference to states or countries that wish to break off and form their own government. But here in the United States, there are communities that...

School district secession: 5 questions answered

Editor’s note: The word “secession” is often used in reference to states or countries that wish to break off and form their own government. But here in the United States, there are communities that...