Sunday, May 27, 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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With the Supreme Court’s pending sports gambling decision, states are already prepping for legalization

The gambling world is waiting with bated breath for the United States Supreme Court decision that could result in an expansion of sports betting. The decision could be announced anytime between today and the...

George H. W. Bush has sepsis – why is it so dangerous?

Former president George H.W. Bush was hospitalized April 21 with sepsis, a life-threatening condition caused by complications of the body fighting back against an infection. The former fighter pilot was released from an intensive...

As the Royal Wedding approaches, what can one of the world’s greatest novels teach...

You can tell a lot about our culture by the way we talk about marriage. Take the upcoming exchange of vows between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Press coverage will focus on aspects like...

As the Royal Wedding approaches, what can one of the world’s greatest novel teach...

You can tell a lot about our culture by the way we talk about marriage. Take the upcoming exchange of vows between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. Press coverage will focus on aspects like...

Want to understand gun owners? Watch their videos

It was an ordinary day in 2011, when I found myself watching a YouTube video of a gun owner making a semi-automatic rifle discharge bullets rapidly, as if it were an automatic weapon. My husband,...

The internet is designed for corporations, not people

Urban spaces are often designed to be subtly hostile to certain uses. Think about, for example, the seat partitions on bus terminal benches that make it harder for the homeless to sleep there or...

Internet openness pits collaborative history against competitive future

The debate about how open the internet should be to free expression – and how much companies should be able to restrict, or charge for, communication speeds – boils down to a conflict between...

We calculated how much money trees save for your city

Megacities are on the rise. There are currently 47 such areas around the globe, each housing more than 10 million residents. More than half the global population now lives in urban areas, comprising about 3...

Pompeo confirmation makes Mideast war more likely

The United States Senate has confirmed CIA director Mike Pompeo, the hawkish former Kansas congressman, as secretary of state. He replaces Rex Tillerson, who was fired via Twitter on March 13. As a former Middle...

3 reasons why teachers are striking right now

Teachers from Arizona and Colorado are joining teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky on the picket line. These teacher strikes will likely intensify the debate among elected officials over where education fits in state budget priorities....

Why cities are becoming reluctant to host the World Cup and other big events

Getting ready to welcome millions of visitors – as Russia is now doing in Moscow, Sochi and other cities in advance of the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament – takes years of planning and...

VA nominee debacle may distract from the agency’s 3 major problems

President Donald Trump nominated Adm. Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who has no experience administering a large organization, to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, a department with a 360,000 employees and a US$186...

Senate confirmation: The grilling can be grueling

President Donald Trump’s nominees to head the State Department, Veterans Affairs and the CIA are facing confirmation battles in the Senate. Behind those battles lies the power of the president to nominate and the Senate...

Armenia rejects the ‘politics of eternity’

Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, three countries in the South Caucasus once ruled by the former Soviet Union, still operate in the shadow of what is now called Russia. The three states are located between Iran...

How transshipment may undercut Trump’s tariffs

President Donald Trump is vowing to crack down on deceptive transshipment. That is the practice of moving cargo from one country to another by way of a third nation to evade trade restrictions. As an...

An addiction researcher shares 6 strategies to address the opioid epidemic

The devastating opioid epidemic is one of the largest public health problems facing the U.S. Over 2.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from opioid use disorder. Four in five new heroin users started out...

When college tuition goes up, campus diversity goes down

As college tuition continues to rise at a staggering rate, people tend to worry about how much harder it becomes for students and families to pay for college. As researchers who focus on higher education,...

Mother’s milk holds the key to unlocking an evolutionary mystery from the last ice...

As biologists explore the variation across the genomes of living people, they’ve found evidence of evolution at work. Particular variants of genes increase or decrease in populations through time. Sometimes this happens by chance....

Melting Arctic sends a message: Climate change is here in a big way

Scientists have known for a long time that as climate change started to heat up the Earth, its effects would be most pronounced in the Arctic. This has many reasons, but climate feedbacks are...

Female firefighters defy old ideas of who can be an American hero

Five women graduated from New York City’s Fire Academy on April 18, bringing the number of women serving in the Fire Department of New York to 72 – the highest in its history. The FDNY’s...

Defending hospitals against life-threatening cyberattacks

Like any large company, a modern hospital has hundreds – even thousands – of workers using countless computers, smartphones and other electronic devices that are vulnerable to security breaches, data thefts and ransomware attacks....

Immigration policies can make the difference between life and death for newborn US children

The health of children born to unauthorized immigrants – who are U.S. citizens – is affected by local and federal immigration policies. There are as many as 4 million children who have at least...

Beaches are becoming safer for baby sea turtles, but threats await them in the...

On beaches from North Carolina to Texas and throughout the wider Caribbean, one of nature’s great seasonal events is underway. Adult female sea turtles are crawling out of the ocean, digging deep holes in...

Invoking noble coal miners is a mainstay of American politics

President Donald Trump recently visited West Virginia for the fourth time since taking office. He’s more popular there than in any other state, partly because of his avowed passion for coal and coal miners. As...

Kids of color get kicked out of school at higher rates – here’s how...

When two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks where they had been waiting for a business meeting on April 12, the incident called renewed attention to the bias that racial minorities face...

Why this conservative bastion chose a liberal evangelical icon for its commencement speech

In a move that might surprise some, the conservative evangelical Liberty University has chosen the liberal evangelical icon Jimmy Carter to give its commencement speech this year. Based on my research into the history...

How live liver transplants could save thousands of lives

The success of liver transplantation represents one of the great miracles of modern medicine. Essentially an experimental procedure 35 years ago, it now represents the only definitive method to cure most patients with end-stage...

How the pretzel went from soft to hard – and other little-known facts about...

The pretzel, one of the fastest-growing snack foods in the world, recently crossed a billion dollars a year in sales. It has its own emoji, comes in flavors like pumpkin spice, mocha and banana, and...

Why it’s so hard for doctors to understand your pain

We’re all human beings, but we’re not all alike. Each person experiences pain differently, from an emotional perspective as well as a physical one, and responds to pain differently. That means that physicians like myself...

Fake drugs are one reason malaria still kills so many

Malaria, a mosquito-borne parasitic infection that affects about 3.2 billion people in 95 countries, has become largely a disease of the young and poor. Due to effective medications like chloroquine and artemisinins, malaria deaths dropped...

Why are some _E. coli_ deadly while others live peacefully within our bodies?

E. coli outbreaks hospitalize people and cause food recalls pretty much annually in the United States. This year is no different. Obviously some E. coli can be deadly for people. But not all strains of...

Self-driving cars and humans face inevitable collisions

In 1938, when there were just about one-tenth the number of cars on U.S. roadways as there are today, a brilliant psychologist and a pragmatic engineer joined forces to write one of the most...

What Comey learned from theologian Reinhold Niebuhr about ethical leadership

While James Comey’s most recent clashes with President Trump are foremost on everyone’s minds, he’s had quite a career. He was the U.S. attorney responsible for taking down the New York mafia, the acting...

States are favoring school choice at a steep cost to public education

Teacher strikes are generating a healthy focus on how far public education funding has fallen over the past decade. The full explanation, however, goes beyond basic funding cuts. It involves systematic advantages in terms...

Why genetics makes some people more vulnerable to opioid addiction – and protects others

Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Rates of abuse of these drugs have shot up over the past 15 years and continue to climb. Why is this happening? Is there hope for...

Women in tech suffer because of American myth of meritocracy

The American dream is built on the notion that the U.S. is a meritocracy. Americans believe success in life and business can be earned by anyone willing to put in the hard work necessary...

Argentinos empiezan a contemplar los derechos de la mujer, comenzando con el aborto

Read in English. Como profesora argentina especialista en género y política, normalmente las noticias sobre las que me toca escribir son bastante deprimentes. Para ser clara y por citar uno de numerosos ejemplos: actualmente en Argentina...

Argentina’s abortion legalization debate ignites soul searching on women’s rights

Leer en español. As an Argentinean scholar of gender in politics, I’m normally called to provide commentary on some fairly depressing statistics. For example, there are just two women who head Argentina’s 20 federal government ministries....

Lynching memorial will show that women were victims, too

A memorial to victims of lynching in the U.S. opens in Alabama on April 26, 2018. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is a six-acre site that overlooks Montgomery, the state capital. It uses...

Rap music’s path from pariah to Pulitzer

Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Prize win is a major milestone for hip-hop, a genre that celebrates its 45th birthday this August. It’s also a triumph that many, a mere decade ago, would have never predicted. As...

Global timber trafficking harms forests and costs billions of dollars – here’s how to...

If a tree falls in the forest, do you care how it was brought down? Few people think about where the wood in their furniture, floors or doors comes from or how it got there....

Aneurysm strikes baseball pitcher, but why? A neurosurgeon explains the mysterious condition

Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Danny Farquhar, 31, suffered a brain hemorrhage in the White Sox dugout after throwing 15 pitches Friday night, April 20, devastating his family, teammates and fans. The cause was...

Why does a president demand loyalty from people who work for him?

Former FBI Director James Comey’s story has gradually been unveiled, culminating in the release of his memoir, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.” What makes Comey’s account of life in public service noteworthy is...

Wind energy’s swift growth, explained

The wind industry is growing quickly around the world, especially in China and the U.S., where the total amount of electricity generated by wind turbines nearly doubled between 2011 and 2017. All told, about 25...

Delivering VR in perfect focus with nanostructure meta-lenses

If wearing a virtual reality or augmented reality headset is ever to become commonplace, hardware manufacturers will need to figure out how to make the devices small and lightweight while ensuring their images are...

How images change our race bias

Images are not static. They grab our attention, incite desire, alter our relations to others, and tweak our beliefs, as they usher us into new worlds. When “Black Panther” was released, Baye McNeil, a former...

Should you insure that trip or TV? Here’s what an economist would do

You can buy insurance for practically anything these days. Planning a vacation to France? Your airline, travel agent or even hotel will likely offer trip insurance in case you need to change your dates or...

The census will officially count same-sex couples for the first time ever – but...

Although LGBT people are becoming more visible in society, federal data reveal little about the U.S. LGBT population and its needs. In a first in U.S. history, the U.S. Census Bureau will explicitly count same-sex...

Macron-Trump summit has high stakes for France’s embattled leader

French President Emmanuel Macron can expect a warm welcome from Donald Trump – and, most likely, some glitz and pomp – when he arrives in Washington on April 23 for a two-day summit. It...

Comey memos follow tradition of J. Edgar Hoover keeping notes on presidents

President Donald Trump allegedly asked FBI Director James Comey to drop the FBI’s investigation into Michael Flynn. President Franklin Roosevelt asked FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to collect information on Americans who had committed no...