Monday, March 18, 2019

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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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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...

3 days, 3 key votes – and no end in sight for Brexit

On March 12, the British Parliament overwhelmingly rejected – for a second time – a Brexit plan worked out by Prime Minister Theresa May. A day later, the lawmakers voted against a “hard Brexit” –...

Softer, processed foods changed the way ancient humans spoke

The human capacity for language divides our species from the rest of the animal kingdom. Language has not only allowed us to conquer all corners of the globe, but to devise writing, mathematics and...

The mental health crisis among America’s youth is real – and staggering

The first signs of a problem started to emerge around 2014: More young people said they felt overwhelmed and depressed. College counseling centers reported sharp increases in the number of students seeking treatment for...

How AIPAC could lose its bipartisan status

The American Israeli Public Action Committee, widely known as AIPAC, has managed to remain bipartisan for nearly 70 years. Its membership is divided roughly equally between Democrats and Republicans. Leaders from across the American...

Plastic bag bans can backfire if consumers just use other plastics instead

Governments are increasingly banning the use of plastic products, such as carryout bags, straws, utensils and microbeads. The goal is to reduce the amount of plastic going into landfills and waterways. And the logic...

Doctors need to talk through treatment options better for black men with prostate cancer

African-American men have the highest risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer as well as dying from it compared to any other ethnic group in the U.S. This trend has remained unchanged for over...

What will happen to Michael Jackson’s legacy? A famed writer’s fall could offer clues

There’s no question that Michael Jackson changed music history. But how will history remember Michael Jackson? Since HBO released the new documentary film “Leaving Neverland,” which detailed allegations by two adults who say that they...

Rise and fall of the landline: 143 years of telephones becoming more accessible –...

The global economy has changed dramatically over the past century and a half. When I lecture my Boston University business students on this topic, I use one of the world’s most transformative inventions to illustrate...

Facebook’s ‘pivot’ is less about privacy and more about profits

Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s latest promise is that his social media conglomerate will become a “privacy-focused” one. By turns lauded and lambasted, this move does not quite address users’ primary problems with...

Who are the private contractors fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan? An inside look at...

The debate on privatizing the war in Afghanistan is heating up yet again, with Democratic lawmakers pledging to end so-called “forever wars.” The public is slowly recognizing the war’s hidden costs and global scale. In...

How the Syrian uprising began and why it matters

Amid headlines about the Islamic State group and photographs of rubble, it can be easy to forget that the Syrian war began as a nonviolent uprising. March 15, the uprising’s eighth anniversary, serves as a...

College cheating scandal shows why elite colleges should use a lottery to admit students

Many Americans are outraged by the college admission scandal revealed by the FBI on March 12. The scandal involves celebrities and wealthy investors who allegedly bought their children’s way onto college sports teams and...

Purdue Pharma: Bankruptcy filing would make lawsuits slower and costlier for plaintiff cities and...

A report that Purdue Pharma may file for bankruptcy has many wondering how bankruptcy would affect the ongoing opioid litigation. Nationwide the OxyContin maker as well as other drug manufacturers and distributors face about 2,000...

Why North Korean prosperity would be the ruin of Kim Jong Un

Vietnam seemed like the perfect place for Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to meet in late February for their latest summit on denuclearization. At Hanoi’s posh Metropole Hotel, Trump hoped...

Why North Korean prosperity would be the ruin of Kim Jong Un

Vietnam seemed like the perfect place for Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to meet in late February for their latest summit on denuclearization. At Hanoi’s posh Metropole Hotel, Trump hoped...

When does a winter storm become a bomb cyclone?

Blizzards in March, when our thoughts start turning to spring, are never good news. But warnings of “bomb cyclones” take the intensity to a new level. What does this ominous term, and related jargon...

Escalator etiquette: Should I stand or walk for an efficient ride?

Love them or hate them, traffic laws exist to keep people safe and to help vehicles flow smoothly. And while they aren’t legally enforceable, pedestrian traffic also tends to follow its own set of...

Robots guarded Buddha’s relics in a legend of ancient India

As early as Homer, more than 2,500 years ago, Greek mythology explored the idea of automatons and self-moving devices. By the third century B.C., engineers in Hellenistic Alexandria, in Egypt, were building real mechanical...

The truth about St. Patrick’s Day

In 1997, my students and I traveled to Croagh Patrick, a mountain in County Mayo, as part of a study abroad program course on Irish literature I was teaching for the University of Dayton....

The truth about St. Patrick’s Day

In 1997, my students and I traveled to Croagh Patrick, a mountain in County Mayo, as part of a study abroad program course on Irish literature I was teaching for the University of Dayton....

Trump’s executive order on drone strikes sends civilian casualty data back into the shadows

When it comes to drones and warfare, the U.S. seems to have forgotten some valuable historical lessons. On March 6, President Trump signed an executive order that revoked the requirement, formulated under the Obama administration,...

College admission scandal grew out of a system that was ripe for corruption

As part of the “Operation Varsity Blues” case that federal prosecutors announced March 12, dozens of people – including Hollywood actresses and wealthy businessmen – stand accused of having bought their children’s way into...

US pulls diplomats from its embassy in Caracas, and tensions between Venezuela and Brazil...

The United States will withdraw all remaining staff from its embassy in Venezuela, according to a late-night March 11 announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Twitter, who cited the “deterioriating situation” there. Since...

Can a genetic test predict if you will develop Type 2 diabetes?

When I got home after work I was surprised to find my husband and three children sitting by the television and watching the news. They had just learned that the direct to consumer genetic...

Skilled blue-collar jobs are growing – though women aren’t getting them

In the press, the phrase “blue collar” is often used as shorthand for white working-class men. The visibility of this specific slice of the workforce has risen significantly since the 2016 election, when white working-class...

Diets can do more than help you lose weight – they could also save...

Fad diets have long been brushed off as selfish, superficial quests to lose weight. But if you study the actual content of popular diet books, you will discover that most tell a different story. Many...

Diets can do more than help you lose weight – they could also save...

Fad diets have long been brushed off as selfish, superficial quests to lose weight. But if you study the actual content of popular diet books, you will discover that most tell a different story. Many...

There’s no way to stop human trafficking by treating it as an immigration enforcement...

Robert Kraft, the New England Patriots’ billionaire owner, recently made headlines when he was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution. The women involved were undocumented Chinese immigrants who were human trafficking victims at...

Beyond blackface: How college yearbooks captured protest and change

Ever since a photograph surfaced of someone in blackface – and another dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe – on the medical college yearbook page of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in February, efforts...

Can we tweak marine chemistry to help stave off climate change?

The world’s nations are nowhere near to meeting the global Paris Agreement’s goals on climate change of holding global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius compared to 19th-century averages, much less its more aspirational...

Stemming the tide of trash: 5 essential reads on recycling

A year after China upended global materials markets by banning imports of much solid waste, the effects are still rippling around the globe. Many U.S. recyclers are awash in materials they formerly sent to...
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