Sunday, February 25, 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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The NRA’s journey from marksmanship to political brinkmanship

The mass shooting on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida, ripped at the hearts of Americans in a way perhaps not seen or felt since the Sandy Hook Elementary School bloodshed in Newtown, Connecticut six...

How the firearms industry influences US gun culture, in 6 charts

Americans have blamed many culprits, from mental illness to inadequate security, for the tragic mass shootings that are occurring with increasing frequency in schools, offices and theaters across the U.S. Yet in our nation’s ongoing...

How working with men and boys could stop domestic violence

Can President Donald Trump’s recent repudiation of domestic violence actually help prevent it? Rob Porter, a high-level aide to Trump, was accused of serial domestic violence by his two ex-wives. The controversy dominated news coverage...

This $75 million gift might make higher ed question its obsession with science and...

During his unsuccessful campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Marco Rubio made the dubious (and grammatically unsound) assertion that “we need more welders and less philosophers.” Bill Miller clearly disagrees with the Florida senator. Miller, a...

Why is breast cancer mortality higher for African-American women than for white women?

White women in the U.S. are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than black women – but less likely to die of it. There has been a 35 percent decrease in breast cancer...

Mad cows, Oprah Winfrey and communicating the science in a high-profile court case

Twenty years ago, images of staggering cattle and descriptions of brains resembling Swiss cheese became associated with one of the most popular television programs of the day when Texas Panhandle cattlemen sued “The Oprah...

Is it wrong to ask your doctor for opioids?

More than 42,000 people died in 2016 from an opioid overdose. Forty percent of these deaths involved a prescription opioid. Overall, deaths from opioid overdoses have contributed to a decrease in American life expectancy...

A former prosecutor reimagines how the criminal justice system can serve victims of domestic...

For nearly a decade, I believed I was helping improve victims’ lives by prosecuting people who committed domestic violence in Seattle, Washington. I aimed to advance the goals of the criminal justice system: Stop the...

Operation Gunnerside: The Norwegian attack on heavy water that deprived the Nazis of the...

After handing them their suicide capsules, Norwegian Royal Army Colonel Leif Tronstad informed his soldiers, “I cannot tell you why this mission is so important, but if you succeed, it will live in Norway’s...

Deported twice, man struggles to help his family survive

For more than a decade, I documented one man’s deportation, the impact on his family and his eventual return to the U.S. I did this as part of my work studying the migration of indigenous...

A record 29,000 Mexicans were murdered last year – can soldiers stop the bloodshed?

Mexico’s war on drugs has left 234,966 people dead in the last 11 years. In 2017 alone, the country saw some 29,000 murders, the highest annual tally since such record-keeping began in 1997. For years,...

Before hitting the road, self-driving cars should have to pass a driving test

What should a self-driving car do when a nearby vehicle is swerving unpredictably back and forth on the road, as if its driver were drunk? What about encountering a vehicle driving the wrong way?...

Starting with Mother Nature’s designs will speed up critical development of new antibiotics

“I did not invent penicillin. Nature did that. I only discovered it by accident.” - Alexander Fleming Natural products have been the basis of medicine for centuries. Aspirin is based on a chemical in willow...

Before the US approves new uranium mining, consider its toxic legacy

Uranium – the raw material for nuclear power and nuclear weapons – is having a moment in the spotlight. Companies such as Energy Fuels, Inc. have played well-publicized roles in lobbying the Trump administration to...

Why accountability efforts in higher education often fail

As the price tag of a college education continues to rise along with questions about academic quality, skepticism about the value of a four-year college degree has grown among the American public. This has led...

Why the 2020 census shouldn’t ask about your citizenship status

“Is this person a citizen of the United States?” In December 2017, the Department of Justice formally proposed adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. This question would ostensibly help to enforce the Voting...

Why this generation of teens is more likely to care about gun violence

When 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, it was just the latest in a tragic list of mass shootings, many of them at schools. Then something different happened:...

When the media cover mass shootings, would depicting the carnage make a difference?

Since 20 children were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, we’ve seen public calls for the release of crime scene photos – the idea being that the visceral horror evoked...

College students may not be as heart-healthy as they think

For many young adults, the college years are filled with excitement, as students gain independence and establish new adult identities and behaviors. However, not all behaviors are healthy. Typical changes in college student behavior...

How Billy Graham’s legacy lives on in American life

On Feb. 21, Billy Graham, the evangelical Christian minister who was widely regarded as “America’s pastor,” died at the age of 99. Graham is best known for his global “crusades” – rallies that attracted crowds...

Why school leaders fake academic success

At the beginning of each school year, before the students arrived, teachers from every school in the Atlanta Public Schools district were placed on school buses and taken to the old Georgia Dome. We were...

To slow climate change, the US needs to address nuclear power’s dismal economics

In late December 2017, the Georgia Public Service Commission faced a major decision: whether to cancel construction of two nuclear power reactors at Plant Vogtle, near Waynesboro, which had been plagued by delays and...

Why is there so little research on guns in the US? 6 questions answered

On Valentine’s Day, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He killed 17 students and teachers and injured at least a dozen others. The Parkland shooting is...

How airplane crash investigations can improve cybersecurity

While some countries struggle with safety, U.S. airplane travel has lately had a remarkable safety record. In fact, from 2014 through 2017, there were no fatal commercial airline crashes in the U.S. But those years...

The way humans point isn’t as universal as you might think

Octopuses have long arms and plenty of smarts, but they don’t point. Nor do chimps, gorillas or other apes, at least not in the wild. Humans, on the other hand, are prodigious pointers. Infants use...

Trump’s protectionism continues long history of US rejection of free trade

Free traders have vilified President Donald Trump as a pernicious protectionist because of policies such as hiking tariffs, abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership and saying he’s prepared to walk away from the North American Free...

As the Trump administration retreats on climate change, US cities are moving forward

Despite almost universal scientific consensus that climate change poses a growing threat, President Donald Trump’s recent infrastructure plan makes no mention of the need to build resilience to rising global temperatures. Instead, it actually...

Parents need to start talking to their tweens about the risks of porn

Editor’s note: This article includes references to graphic sexual content that may be inappropriate for some readers. Today teenagers are viewing far more pornography than their parents realize. And the porn they’re watching is much...

Alcohol probably makes it harder to stop sexual violence – so why aren’t colleges...

Several years ago, one of us (Dominic) was consulting with university administration on their sexual violence prevention program. All colleges and universities that receive Title IX funding are federally mandated to offer intervention programs, where...

5 questions to ask your aging parents’ doctors

The population of seniors, or people age 65 or over, in the United States neared 48 million last year and is steadily growing. Consequently, millions of adult children find themselves taking care of their...

Why is there a norovirus outbreak at the Winter Olympics? 4 questions answered

Editor’s note: At the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, there have been more than 200 confirmed cases – mostly security and games personnel, but also two athletes. We asked Kartikeya Cherabuddi, an infectious...

North Korea’s growing criminal cyberthreat

The countries posing the greatest cyberthreats to the United States are Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. Like its counterparts, Kim Jong Un’s regime engages in substantial cyber espionage. And like Russia and Iran,...

The other feats US Olympians pull off

Millions of Americans watch the Olympics, rooting for members of Team USA. Most of them can probably appreciate how hard those athletes worked on their physical training. But few realize the lengths these Olympians must...

Government regulation of social media would be a cure far worse than the disease

Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday charged 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Russians’ primary tool for meddling was social media, which they used to promote Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy...

The American public has power over the gun business – why doesn’t it use...

As teenagers in Parkland, Florida, dressed for the funerals of their friends – the latest victims of a mass shooting in the U.S. – weary outrage poured forth on social media and in op-eds...

It’s getting harder to prosecute politicians for corruption

The high-profile corruption case against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez was recently dropped by federal prosecutors after a five-year investigation into gifts and campaign contributions given to the senator by a friend who wanted...

Black lung disease on the rise: 5 questions answered

Editor’s note: An article published Feb. 6, 2018 in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health had identified 416 cases of advanced...

How can women feel comfortable saying no when they are told they can’t say...

The #MeToo movement has demonstrated huge success in raising awareness around sexual harassment and assault. This effort has faced backlash, such as Donald Trump’s recent tweets arguing that lives have been ruined by accusations...

It’s time to end the debate about video games and violence

In the wake of the Valentine’s Day shooting at a Broward County, Florida high school, a familiar trope has reemerged: Often, when a young man is the shooter, people try to blame the tragedy...

The media need to think twice about how they portray mass shooters

The lead story on The New York Times homepage provided the overview of the latest massacre at an American school: “17 Killed at Florida School; Toll May Climb.” A “sidebar,” or secondary story, also on...

What the 5Pointz ruling means for street artists

A four-and-a-half-year legal battle that pitted street artists against landowners has come to an end. On Feb. 13, 21 graffiti artists were awarded US$6.7 million in damages after a developer whitewashed works of theirs located...

Here’s how witnessing violence harms children’s mental health

When children learn about news like the deadly school shooting that claimed more than a dozen lives on Feb. 14, 2018 in Broward County, Florida, a logical question for them to ask is: Will...

10 ways schools, parents and communities can prevent school shootings now

After a shooter killed 17 people at a Florida high school, many have expressed frustration at the political hand-wringing over gun control and calls for prayer. As a parent, I understand the desire for practical...

Outfitting the world’s best athletes for the Winter Olympics

At the first Winter Olympics, in Chamonix, France, in 1924, athletes competed in uniforms made from natural material resources like wool, cotton and leather; some had sport-specific modifications to aid in performance (like impact...

Why students at prestigious high schools still cheat on exams

Some of us might think that academic integrity is sacred in high-performing schools and that students who attend such schools are unlikely to cheat. Since many of these schools are located in affluent neighborhoods,...

Protecting every voter’s ballot: 6 essential reads

Every vote counts. It’s the key principle underlying democracy. Through the history of democratic elections, people have created many safeguards to ensure votes are cast and counted fairly: paper ballots, curtains around voting booths,...

Influenza: The search for a universal vaccine

The current 2017-18 flu season is a bad one. Hospitalization rates are now higher than in recent years at the same point, and infection rates are still rising. The best line of defense is...

From FDR’s food stamps to Trump’s harvest boxes: The history of helping the poor...

The Trump administration would like to slash what the government spends on food for low-income Americans. Its latest budget proposal calls for reducing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outlays by US$200 billion over the next...

Congress failed to fix tax woes for gig workers

The bevy of changes to the tax code will give most taxpayers at least some relief. But because Congress didn’t address a common loophole that creates headaches for people who earn money from gigs...

Scaling back Obamacare will make the opioid crisis worse

There’s been much talk in the U.S. about fixing the opioid crisis. In October, President Donald Trump declared the situation a public health emergency and set up a commission on opioids. On Feb. 9, Congress...