Monday, October 22, 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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Does climate change affect real estate prices? Only if you believe in it

In the wake of two powerful hurricanes in the U.S. this fall, the scientific evidence that climate change will raise the risk of severe weather events continues to grow. In some coastal areas such as...

Is climate change causing a rise in the number of mosquito and tick-borne diseases?

Life in a single-family home in suburban America one with a quiet and spacious backyard, surrounded by natural habitats, lush green vegetation, where beautiful birds, squirrels and other small mammals come and go. That...

Many Midwesterners will likely never believe in climate change. Here’s how to encourage them...

The number of politically conservative Americans who are climate skeptics is growing, and the evidence suggests that they’re unlikely to change their opinions. This is particularly evident in the Midwest. Although 61 percent of U.S....

World hunger has risen for three straight years, and climate change is a cause

World hunger has risen for a third consecutive year, according to the United Nations’ annual food security report. The total number of people who face chronic food deprivation has increased by 15 million since...

The risk of ‘cascading’ natural disasters is on the rise

In a warming world, the dangers from natural disasters are changing. In a recent commentary, we identified a number of costly and deadly catastrophes that point to an increase in the risk of “cascading”...

What is climate-ready infrastructure? Some cities are starting to adapt

The most recent international report on climate change paints a picture of disruption to society unless there are drastic and rapid cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Although it’s early days, some cities and municipalities are...

How have textbooks portrayed climate change?

Back in 2007, the world’s foremost body charged with assessing climate change stated with “very high confidence” that humans were a primary driver of climate change. But you may not get the message that humans...

How a game can move people from climate apathy to action

The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been called a “deafening” alarm and an “ear-splitting wake-up call” about the need for sweeping climate action. But will one more scientific...

3 dangers of rising temperatures that could affect your health now

I read the news about the urgency of addressing climate change, and as a mathematician who studies climate change, I was not surprised. Very worried, but not surprised. A few days before Christmas last year,...

Rising insurance costs may convince Americans that climate change risks are real

One of the great challenges of tackling climate change is making it real for people without a scientific background. That’s because the threat it poses can be so hard to see or feel. In the...

In Alaska, everyone’s grappling with climate change

Coastal villages are washing into the Bering Sea, trees are sprouting in the tundra and shipping lanes are opening in an ocean that was once locked in ice. In Alaska, climate change isn’t a...

How winning $1.6 billion in Mega Millions could still lead to bankruptcy

The U.S. Mega Millions lottery jackpot swelled to a record US$1.6 billion after the 25 drawings held since the end of July – including the latest on Oct. 19 – failed to yield a...

How winning $1 billion in Mega Millions could lead to bankruptcy

The U.S. Mega Millions lottery is holding a drawing on Oct. 19 for a jackpot that’s swelled to US$1 billion after the 24 drawings held since the end of July failed to yield a...

The Mega Millions jackpot is now more than $1 billion – where does all...

The Mega Millions jackpot drawing on Oct. 19 has soared to US$1 billion. In the middle of the 20th century, when lotteries first started in the U.S., they were sold to states as a way...

The Mega Millions jackpot is now more than US$1 billion – where does all...

The Mega Millions jackpot drawing on Oct. 19 has soared to US$1 billion. In the middle of the 20th century, when lotteries first started in the U.S., they were sold to states as a way...

The Mega Millions jackpot is now more than US$900 million – where does all...

The Mega Millions jackpot drawing on Oct. 19 has soared to US$970 million, creeping closer to the biggest jackpot in history, the 2016 $1.6 billion Powerball. In the middle of the 20th century, when lotteries...

Jamal Khashoggi: Casualty of the Trump administration’s disregard for democracy and civil rights in...

The international crisis over whether top Saudi Arabian leadership murdered U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is a striking example of the consequences of Donald Trump’s blanket disregard for democratic politics and human rights in...

Sewage surveillance is the next frontier in the fight against polio

The world is at the brink of eradicating polio. Only three countries now have ongoing transmission: Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. And in 2017, there were only a couple dozen cases of paralytic wild polio...

Congress takes first steps toward regulating artificial intelligence

Some of the best known examples of artificial intelligence are Siri and Alexa, which listen to human speech, recognize words, perform searches and translate the text results back into speech. But these and other...

Why radiation protection experts are concerned over EPA proposal

The Takata Corporation sold defective air bag inflators that resulted in the death of 16 people in the United States and a massive recall of cars. While it was rare for the air bags...

Taxes and caps on carbon work differently but calibrating them poses the same challenge

Virtually everything most people on earth do these days involves, either directly or indirectly, the combustion of oil, gas and coal. Burning these fossil fuels is generating carbon emissions, which accumulate in the atmosphere,...

New data tool can help scientists use limited funds to protect the greatest number...

A large majority of Americans strongly support the goal of preventing the extinction of endangered wildlife and plants. Today, over 1,600 U.S. species are listed under the Endangered Species Act, and more are added...

Banksy and the tradition of destroying art

When the British street artist Banksy shredded his “Girl With Balloon” after it was purchased for US$1.4 million at Sotheby’s, did he know how the art world would react? Did he anticipate that the critics...

Banksy and the tradition of destroying art

When the British street artist Banksy shredded his “Girl With Balloon” after it was purchased for US$1.4 million at Sotheby’s, did he know how the art world would react? Did he anticipate that the critics...

Government-funded buyouts after disasters are slow and inequitable – here’s how that could change

Destructive storms like Hurricanes Florence and Michael prompt difficult conversations about whether to rebuild or retreat. Retreat is an established part of U.S. flood management: Government agencies have been paying people to move out...

Generation Z voters could make waves in 2018 midterm elections

Unlike the much-studied millennials, we don’t know much about Generation Z, who now make up most of the 18- to 24-year-old voting bloc. These young people started first grade after 9/11, were born with the...

Arms sales to Saudi Arabia give Trump all the leverage he needs in Khashoggi...

Among Donald Trump’s many unusual characteristics as president is his frankness. Last week, after the disappearance and apparent torture and murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Trump argued that “we would be punishing ourselves”...

Arms sales to Saudi Arabia give Trump all the leverage he needs in Khashoggi...

Among Donald Trump’s many unusual characteristics as president is his frankness. Last week, after the disappearance and apparent torture and murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Trump argued that “we would be punishing ourselves”...

Blockchains won’t fix internet voting security – and could make it worse

Looking to modernize voting practices, speed waiting times at the polls, increase voter turnout and generally make voting more convenient, many government officials – and some companies hawking voting systems – are looking to...

Trump sees opportunity in Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis as midterms approach

President Donald Trump has spoken forcefully about the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, calling it a “human tragedy” at the United Nations General Assembly in September. Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis – which began in late 2014, when...

What Thomas Jefferson, Donald Trump and the American people think about freedom of the...

“No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free no one ever will,” wrote Thomas Jefferson to George Washington. It is a powerful description of press freedom and the crucial role...

Would a Space Force mean the end of NASA?

Space, that final frontier, is something that catches the attention of a country naturally inclined to believe in ideas like “Manifest Destiny” and American exceptionalism. But how well does a Space Force fit that...

Why health apps are like the Wild West, with Apple just riding into town

The heart rate monitor built into the new Apple Watch has sparked sharp debate over its risks and benefits, even though the feature was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration. But out of the...

How Turkey and Saudi Arabia became frenemies – and why the Khashoggi case could...

The Oct. 2 disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi at his country’s consulate in Istanbul has put a spotlight on the deteriorating relations between Turkey and the Persian Gulf kingdom. Articles based on anonymous...

The Violence Against Women Act is unlikely to reduce intimate partner violence – here’s...

The Violence Against Women Act, the federal government’s signature legislation aimed at responding to domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and stalking, expired at the end of September. Legislative wrangling over the act’s provisions led to...

Partisanship runs deep in America – even among ‘independents’

In voting, it doesn’t really matter which party you register with on paper. Besides, 18 states don’t even register voters by party. What really matters is what political scientists like myself call your “political identity”...

Free trade isn’t dead yet – despite Trump’s threats to the system that upholds...

The rules-based world order, which has been the scaffolding supporting the global economy since World War II, appears to be in serious jeopardy. And, judging by the number of eulogies published in recent months,...

Open-source hardware could defend against the next generation of hacking

Imagine you had a secret document you had to store away from prying eyes. And you have a choice: You could buy a safe made by a company that kept the workings of its...

Meet AICAN, a machine that operates as an autonomous artist

When artificial intelligence has been used to create works of art, a human artist has always exerted a significant element of control over the creative process. But what if a machine were programmed to create...

How monitoring local water supplies can build community

Water insecurity is a touchstone for 2018. Our planet isn’t running out of water, but various kinds of mismanagement have led to local water crises across the planet, directly threatening millions of people. Ensuring water...

America’s archaeology data keeps disappearing — even though the law says the government is...

Archaeology – the name conjures up images of someone carefully sifting the sands for traces of the past and then meticulously putting those relics in a museum. But today’s archaeology is not just about...

A Great Lakes pipeline dispute points to a broader energy dilemma

A deal involving an aging oil pipeline in Michigan reflects the complex decisions communities across the country need to make to balance the needs for energy and safety with efforts to deal with climate...

We tested women and men for breast cancer genes – only 18 percent knew...

There are diseases and health conditions that are essentially invisible to us until it is too late. When those problems are life-threatening, such as cancer, and if there is a period when something could be...

¿Reactivará la economía argentina un rescate internacional de 50.000 millones de dólares?

Una economía en recesión. Fuga de pesos. La peor sequía en décadas. Los tipos de interés más altos del mundo. El mayor rescate de la historia del Fondo Monetario Internacional. ¿Suena alarmante? Para Argentina es más...

When the line between machine and artist becomes blurred

With AI becoming incorporated into more aspects of our daily lives, from writing to driving, it’s only natural that artists would also start to experiment with artificial intelligence. In fact, Christie’s will be selling its...

Is exercise still important to weight loss? Absolutely, a doctor says

“Exercise isn’t really important for weight loss” has become a popular sentiment in the weight loss community. “It’s all about diet,” many say. “Don’t worry about exercise so much.” This idea crept out amid infinite...

The mosques that survived Palu’s tsunami and what that means

In the devastation that followed the earthquake and resulting tsunami in the Indonesian city of Palu in Central Sulawesi, many Muslim religious sites were destroyed. Two mosques, however, survived, with little to no damage to...

Evolution is at work in computers as well as life sciences

Artificial intelligence research has a lot to learn from nature. My work links biology with computation every day, but recently the rest of the world was reminded of the connection: The 2018 Nobel Prize...

How scientists are fighting infection-causing biofilms

The surfaces people interact with every day may seem rather mundane, but at the molecular scale, there is more activity than meets the eye. Every surface we touch has its own unique chemical properties. It’s...

How the polls could have caught ‘surprise’ victories like Trump’s

The election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency surprised almost everyone, including apparently Trump himself. On the morning after the 2016 election, my teenage son made snarky comments about the state of polling and...
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