Thursday, August 16, 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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Una noche de patrulla en la frontera entre EEUU y México

Desde el comienzo de la campaña presidencial de Donald Trump, la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México ha sido el foco de su ira y sus campañas políticas. Esa frontera es el lugar donde más...

Trump craves good press from the ‘fake news’ media – just look at his...

Mainstream press coverage of President Trump has been unfavorable. Thomas Patterson found that 80 percent of stories in the first 100 days of the administration were negative in tone. The president has attacked the media...

Zimbabwe’s coup did not create democracy from dictatorship

Many citizens and international observers cautiously hoped that the southern African nation of Zimbabwe would find its way from dictatorship to democracy this year. President Robert Mugabe was militarily removed from office in November...

Parole and probation have grown far beyond resources allocated to support them

Today, there are twice as many people supervised on parole or probation as are incarcerated in the U.S. Parole is a period of being supervised in the community following early release from prison for following...

What are rare earths, crucial elements in modern technology? 4 questions answered

Most Americans use rare earth elements every day – without knowing it, or knowing anything about what they do. That could change, as these unusual materials are becoming a focal point in the escalating...

Is there such a thing as a stress-free school lunch? Here’s how to pack...

With the school year starting again, it’s time to start to think about the routine of packing school lunches. For many time-pressed parents, this is a formidable task. But it doesn’t need to be. I’m...

What is the Hajj?

Nearly 2 million Muslim pilgrims are gathering in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj. This five-day pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for all Muslims who have the physical and...

Explaining the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj

Nearly 2 million Muslim pilgrims are gathering in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj. This five-day pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for all Muslims who have the physical and...

Bio-based plastics can reduce waste, but only if we invest in both making and...

With news that companies like Starbucks, Hyatt and Marriott have agreed to ban plastic straws, it’s a fitting time to consider the role of plastic in our daily lives. Plastics are an often overlooked...

Charlottesville belies racism’s deep roots in the North

A southern city has now become synonymous with the ongoing scourge of racism in the United States. A year ago, white supremacists rallied to “Unite the Right” in Charlottesville, protesting the removal of a Confederate...

I went from prison to professor – here’s why criminal records should not be...

Beginning next year, the Common Application – an online form that enables students to apply to the 800 or so colleges that use it – will no longer ask students about their criminal pasts. As...

Scientists are developing greener plastics – the bigger challenge is moving them from lab...

Synthetic plastics have made many aspect of modern life cheaper, safer and more convenient. However, we have failed to figure out how to get rid of them after we use them. Unlike other forms of...

Small business owners are getting a new incentive to sell to their employees

The federal government just made it a lot easier to form an employee-owned business. In an increasingly rare example of bipartisan cooperation, President Donald Trump on Aug. 13 signed a defense bill into law that...

Dutch Memorial Day: Erasing people after death

As the anniversary of Indonesian independence from the Netherlands approaches, a close look reveals a Dutch narrative that erases people along racial lines. Indonesia declared independence from the Netherlands on Aug. 17, 1945. This followed...

Overcoming vaccination myths: Could addressing the facts during prenatal visits help?

During pregnancy, expectant parents spend countless hours sifting through online resources to make the “right” medical choices for their baby. In addition to decorating a nursery and playing baby shower games, pregnant women often...

Cameras can catch cars that run red lights, but that doesn’t make streets safer

The automobile is a killer. In the U.S., 36,675 people died in traffic accidents in 2014. The year before, 2.3 million people were injured in traffic accidents. During the past decade, over 438 U.S. municipalities,...

Why Jewish giving to Israel is losing ground

American Jews donate at high levels to charity. One way they support causes in the U.S., Israel and other places is collective, often through large grant-making organizations. In researching this organized philanthropy, I’ve observed that...

Following Alfred Russel Wallace’s footsteps to Borneo, where he penned his seminal evolution paper

The chirping of cicadas is deafening, my clothes are sticky and heavy with heat and sweat, my right hand is swollen from ant bites, I am panting, almost passing out from exhaustion – and...

As a young reporter, I went undercover to expose the Ku Klux Klan

Spike Lee’s powerful new film, “BlacKkKlansman,” tells the true story of Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer who infiltrates a local branch the Ku Klux Klan in 1979. That same year, I also signed up...

Finding nostalgia in the pixelated video games of decades past

Every day, it seems, new ultra-high-resolution video games are released, syncing with players’ social media accounts and ready for virtual reality headsets. Yet old games from the 1970s and 1980s are still in high...

Cuatro cosas que puedes hacer para protegerte de la gripe

Esta temporada de gripe o influenza ha sido particularmente seria, habiendo provocado varios muertes en México, Brasil y otros países sudamericanos y comenzado después de una temporada severa en EEUU durante el verano del...

¿Por qué los abogados representan a los immigrantes de manera gratuita?

Muchos abogados, asistentes legales y estudiantes de derecho se ofrecen como voluntarios para ayudar a familias inmigrantes que se encuentran en el punto de mira de la propuesta de la administración Trump de reducir...

Short-term health plans: A junk solution to a real problem

After failing to overturn most of the Affordable Care Act in a very public fight, President Donald Trump has been steadily working behind the scenes to further destabilize former President Barack Obama’s signature achievement....

Why Native Americans struggle to protect their sacred places

Forty years ago the U.S. Congress passed the American Indian Religious Freedom Act so that Native Americans could practice their faith freely and that access to their sacred sites would be protected. This came...

From slag to swag: The story of Earl Tupper’s fantastic plastics

When “American Horror Story,” the Museum of Modern Art and “Napoleon Dynamite” pay homage to an invention, you know it’s made a cultural impact in a big way. Tupperware has a staying power that most...

What Harvard can learn from Texas: A solution to the controversy over affirmative action

When it comes to the use of race-conscious affirmative action in college admissions, no one seems to be happy with the way it’s playing out. Opponents charge that taking into account an applicant’s race or...

Keeping the electricity grid running – 4 essential reads

On Aug. 14, 2003, a software bug contributed to a blackout that left 50 million people across nine U.S. northeastern states and a Canadian province without power. The outage lasted for as long as...

A Texas city discovered a mass grave of prison laborers. What should it do...

When archaeologists discovered the intact skeletons of 15,000 free and enslaved Africans at a construction site in lower Manhattan in 1991, the federal government – which planned to build an office building on the...

Wildfires are inevitable – increasing home losses, fatalities and costs are not

Wildfire has been an integral part of California ecosystems for centuries. Now, however, nearly a third of homes in California are in wildland urban interface areas where houses intermingling with wildlands and fire is...

How the media falls short in reporting epidemics

Lethal infectious diseases are making headlines again, with 17 confirmed new Ebola cases reported in Congo as of August 8. The news brings back the memories of Americans’ unjustified fear during the 2014 outbreak. In...

We are guinea pigs in a worldwide experiment on microplastics

One of the main problems with plastics is that although we may only need them fleetingly – seconds in the case of microbeads in personal care products, or minutes as in plastic grocery bags...

¿Las noticias te estresan? Estas cuatro técnicas de entrenamiento mental te ayudarán a calmar...

Desde la histeria provocada por la nominación de un candidato conservador a la Corte Suprema a las políticas anti-inmigrante de Donald Trump y el crecimiento de las tasas de adicción, las noticias de los...

Designed to deceive: How gambling distorts reality and hooks your brain

To call gambling a “game of chance” evokes fun, random luck and a sense of collective engagement. These playful connotations may be part of why almost 80 percent of American adults gamble at some...

Saudi women can drive, but are their voices being heard?

Earlier this summer, Saudi Arabia lifted the decades-long ban on women’s driving. The move is part of a series of reforms that the country has been implementing. In April the kingdom loosened male guardianship...

Immigration activists fighting to abolish ICE have a bigger vision

There’s a phrase being thrown around a lot these days: “Abolish ICE.” It’s a hashtag, it’s used in political speeches and demonstrations, and it appears all over Facebook. What does it mean and where did...

A socialist’s primary win doesn’t herald a workers revolution in the US

Anyone anticipating a golden dawn of Marxist-Leninist communism soon in the United States might have to wait a while longer – perhaps forever. The surprise victory of socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over longtime Democratic New York...

Obesity and diabetes: 2 reasons why we should be worried about the plastics that...

Today, nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults and 21 percent of youth are obese. This trend is on the upswing and the worldwide population is becoming more obese – which is increasing the risk...

The promise of personalized medicine is not for everyone 

Could your medical treatment one day be tailored to your DNA? That’s the promise of “personalized medicine,” an individualized approach that has caught the imagination of doctors and researchers over the past few years....

America has 1.5 million nonprofits and room for more

The nation’s 1.5 million nonprofits do everything from fielding Little League teams to funding orchestras. Despite all the good these organizations do, some donors worry that the nation has more nonprofits than it can sustain....

The start of high school doesn’t have to be stressful

This month, more than 4 million students across the nation will begin high school. Many will do well. But many will not. Consider that nearly two-thirds of students will experience the “ninth-grade shock,” which refers to a...

The ghost of Roy Orbison goes on tour – and some aren’t happy about...

In January, the production company Base Hologram announced its forthcoming Roy Orbison hologram tour, “In Dreams,” with the U.S. leg of the tour set to kick off on Oct. 1 in Oakland. For the...

Walmart tried to make sustainability affordable. Here’s what happened

What a difference the birth of a granddaughter can make. For Lee Scott, who ran Walmart from 2000 to 2009, the arrival of his granddaughter not only convinced him the threat of global warming was...

Jury finds Monsanto liable in the first Roundup cancer trial – here’s what could...

In the first of many pending lawsuits to go to trial, a jury in San Francisco concluded on Aug. 10 that the plaintiff had developed cancer from exposure to Roundup, Monsanto’s widely used herbicide,...

¿Por qué nuestro cerebro siempre encuentra problemas?

¿Por qué en la vida se nos presentan tantos problemas que parecen aferrarse a nosotros con una fuerza tal que no importa lo que hagamos para resolverlos? Al parecer, el cerebro humano tiene una...

Apple’s $1 trillion value doesn’t mean it’s the ‘biggest’ company

On Aug. 2, Apple became the first U.S. public corporation to achieve a US$1 trillion valuation, making it the largest company in the world – by one measure at least. A New York Times article...

Profit, not free speech, governs media companies’ decisions on controversy

For decades, U.S. media companies have limited the content they’ve offered based on what’s good for business. The decisions by Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube to remove content from commentator Alex Jones and his...

How ‘story maps’ redraw the world using people’s real-life experiences

Maps are an important part of our everyday lives. We use them for driving directions, to look up restaurants or stores and parse election data. We can even use smartphone maps to locate friends when...

Climate change and wildfires – how do we know if there is a link?

Once again, the summer of 2018 in the Northern Hemisphere has brought us an epidemic of major wildfires. These burn forests, houses and other structures, displace thousands of people and animals, and cause major disruptions...

What is causing Florida’s algae crisis? 5 questions answered

Editor’s note: Two large-scale algae outbreaks in Florida are killing fish and threatening public health. Along the southwest coast, one of the longest-lasting red tide outbreaks in the state’s history is affecting more than...

Why Trump shouldn’t leverage the government’s emergency oil supply to bolster the GOP

President Donald Trump has publicly griped about the prices of oil and gasoline, which are at their highest levels in four years. If oil supplies were to suddenly grow, those prices might well decline. That...
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