Wednesday, April 24, 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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‘I got there first!’ How your subjective experience of time makes you think you...

Imagine a championship match between two rival basketball teams. The game is tied, seconds left on the shot clock, two players lunge forward, reaching for the ball. In a split second, their hands both...

Un año después del levantamiento popular en Nicaragua, Ortega retoma el control

Hace un año, el gobierno de Nicaragua estaba al borde del colapso. Las protestas contra el presidente Daniel Ortega estallaron en todo el país el 18 de abril de 2018 después de que el gobierno...

Let’s get real with college athletes about their chances of going pro

When the NFL draft takes place, it will represent a professional dream come true for the 224 college football players who get picked. For most players, however, going pro will never be more than a...

Duke Ellington’s melodies carried his message of social justice

At a moment when there is a longstanding heated debate over how artists and pop culture figures should engage in social activism, the life and career of musical legend Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington offers...

It’s 2019 – where’s my supersuit?

I loved the “Thundercats” cartoon as a child, watching cat-like humanoids fighting the forces of evil. Whenever their leader was in trouble, he’d unleash the Sword of Omens to gain “sight beyond sight,” the...

What’s on the far side of the Moon?

Looking up at the silvery orb of the Moon, you might recognize familiar shadows and shapes on its face from one night to the next. You see the same view of the Moon our...

Identicide: How demographic shifts can rip a country apart

What happens to a country when its core national identity – its preferred image of itself in terms of race or religion – doesn’t match its demographic reality? Say a Sunni-dominated Arab country is actually...

The case for African American reparations, explained

For the first time, most major Democratic presidential contenders are talking about whether the U.S. government should consider paying reparations to the descendants of African Americans who were enslaved and suffered from large-scale racial...

Why federal student aid should be restored for people in prison

Congress is thinking of lifting a longstanding ban on federal student aid for those serving time in prison. The “Restoring Education And Learning Act of 2019,” or the “REAL Act of 2019,” seeks to reinstate...

Why federal student aid should be restored for people in prison

Congress is thinking of lifting a longstanding ban on federal student aid for those serving time in prison. The “Restoring Education And Learning Act of 2019,” or the “REAL Act of 2019,” seeks to reinstate...

‘I’m not a traitor, you are!’ Political argument from the Founding Fathers to today’s...

President Trump is working with the Russians to enrich himself. The Republican Party is shielding him from accountability. The Democrats want to win elections by repopulating the country with foreigners. Then they’ll be able to...

FUCT gets day in court as SCOTUS considers dropping slippery moral standard when granting...

When’s a brand too scandalous to trademark? That’s a question the Supreme Court will soon decide in a case that tests the constitutional limits of free speech. I attended the oral argument on April 15, when...

Japan’s next emperor is a modern, multilingual environmentalist

For the first time in 217 years, a Japanese emperor will cede his place on the imperial throne. On April 30, Japan’s ailing 85-year-old Emperor Akihito will abdicate and be replaced the following day by...

Understanding the periodic table through the lens of the volatile Group I metals

The news broke that a railroad car, loaded with pure sodium, had just derailed and was spilling its contents. A television reporter called me for an explanation of why firefighters were not allowed to...

What Leonardo’s depiction of Virgin Mary and Jesus tells us about his religious beliefs

On the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, Italian academic Francesco Caglioti’s recent claim that a sculpture held at a London museum bears close similarities with the work of the Renaissance genius has...

A quest to reconstruct Baltimore’s American Indian ‘reservation’

A few years ago, I invited a group of students to go on a short walking tour of the Lumbee Indian community of East Baltimore. Lumbee are indigenous to North Carolina but have been present...

A quest to reconstruct Baltimore’s American Indian ‘reservation’

A few years ago, I invited a group of students to go on a short walking tour of the Lumbee Indian community of East Baltimore. Lumbee are indigenous to North Carolina but have been present...

In India, WhatsApp is a weapon of antisocial hatred

A general election in India, the world’s most populous democracy, seems a theoretical impossibility. Collecting the votes of nearly a billion people across a staggeringly diverse subcontinent has for more than half a century...

Can the census ask if you’re a citizen? Here’s what’s at stake in the...

For the first time in decades, the 2020 census might include a question asking whether or not each counted person is a citizen. When Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross directed that the 2020 census include...

Did Trump obstruct justice? 5 questions Congress must answer

“If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President of the United States did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. … However, we are unable to...

How ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ inspired the cathedral’s 19th-century revival

On April 15, people around the world watched in horror as a voracious fire consumed the medieval wooden roof of Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral and felled its spire. The following day brought some measure of...

What happens when a big business tries to take over and rename a neighborhood

What if Google tried to rename your neighborhood? That happened to some Californians in spring 2018, when Google Maps changed the moniker of three San Francisco neighborhoods – Rincon Hill, South Beach and South Market...

5 things to consider before you hire a tutor for your child

Private tutoring is a growing business, with people spending hundreds of billions of dollars. But is it worth it? And how does a person pick among all the options? If you are considering hiring a...

‘You’re unallocated!’ and other BS companies use to obscure reality

Corporate America has invented many ways to avoid letting the public know it’s laying people off – or telling employees themselves “You’re fired.” Common parlance includes “downsizing,” “headcount management,” “restucturing” or even the unsightly “involuntary...

‘You’re unallocated!’ and other BS companies use to obscure reality

Corporate America has invented many ways to avoid letting the public know it’s laying people off – or telling employees themselves “You’re fired.” Common parlance includes “downsizing,” “headcount management,” “restucturing” or even the unsightly “involuntary...

Will Netflix eventually monetize its user data?

Even in the wake of a recent mixed earning report and volatile stock prices, Netflix remains the media success story of the decade. The company, whose user base has grown rapidly, now boasts almost...

How artificial intelligence systems could threaten democracy

U.S. technology giant Microsoft has teamed up with a Chinese military university to develop artificial intelligence systems that could potentially enhance government surveillance and censorship capabilities. Two U.S. senators publicly condemned the partnership, but...

Who are Sri Lanka’s Christians?

Over 200 people including several Americans were killed in several coordinated bomb attacks on churches on hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter. Several Christian communities spread across the island nation were targeted in the attack:...

To solve climate change and biodiversity loss, we need a Global Deal for Nature

Earth’s cornucopia of life has evolved over 550 million years. Along the way, five mass extinction events have caused serious setbacks to life on our planet. The fifth, which was caused by a gargantuan...

Bringing the border closer to home, one immersion trip at a time

Many if not most Americans have never crossed the U.S. border with Mexico by land or spent any time in that region. This unfamiliarity can make it easy for politicians to distort what’s going on...

War games shed light on real-world strategies

Want to try your hand at negotiating during a crisis? Think you have a plan that could get the U.S. out of Afghanistan? Confident you could keep a nation secure when multi-party international diplomacy...

Why political meddling with central banks is a terrible idea – and the Federal...

Central bank independence is increasingly at risk around the world. In the U.S., President Donald Trump said he may nominate two close political allies to the Federal Reserve, following months of criticism over the bank’s...

Why political meddling with central banks is a terrible idea – and the Federal...

Central bank independence is increasingly at risk around the world. In the U.S., President Donald Trump said he may nominate two close political allies to the Federal Reserve, following months of criticism over the bank’s...

When is dead really dead? Study on pig brains reinforces that death is a...

For the longest time, “death” used to be when the heart stopped beating and breathing stopped. Then, machines were invented in the 1930s that enabled people to receive air even if they could not...

Mueller report: How Congress can and will follow up on an incomplete and redacted...

The release on April 18 of a redacted version of the Mueller report came after two years of allegations, speculation and insinuation – but not a lot of official information about what really happened...

What happens next with the Mueller report? 3 essential reads

One month after Robert Mueller submitted the final report on his investigation into Donald Trump, its contents have finally been made public – meaning that the Department of Justice is no longer the only...

A comedian who played a president on TV just became Ukraine’s president

Imagine Martin Sheen, inspired by his role as President Jed Bartlet in “The West Wing,” running for the U.S. presidency and winning. Or Julia Louis-Dreyfus, capitalizing on her role as Vice President Selina Mayer...

A comedian who played a president on TV might actually become Ukraine’s president

Imagine Martin Sheen, inspired by his role as President Jed Bartlet in “The West Wing,” tossing his hat into the 2020 U.S. presidential race. Or Julia Louis-Dreyfus, capitalizing on her role as Vice President...

Trump declares economic war on Cuba

The Trump administration has declared the most severe new sanctions against Cuba since President John F. Kennedy imposed an economic embargo banning all trade with the communist island in 1962. Speaking in Miami on April...

Brain scans help shed light on the PTSD brain, but they cannot diagnose PTSD

Celebrities and public figures have recently been more open about mental health conditions they deal with. This is a positive sign of shrinking stigma around mental illness, and it also helps in reducing it....

Bolsonaro’s approval rating is worse than any past Brazilian president at the 100-day mark

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was elected last year on a wave of popular anger at the country’s stagnant economy and political chaos, promising voters a “better future.” After just over 100 days in office, many...

If my measles shot was years ago, am I still protected? 5 questions answered

As the measles outbreaks spread, many people are growing concerned. New York City declared a public health emergency and mandated vaccinations in four ZIP codes where vaccination rates have been low. A Israeli flight...

As governments adopt artificial intelligence, there’s little oversight and lots of danger

Artificial intelligence systems can – if properly used – help make government more effective and responsive, improving the lives of citizens. Improperly used, however, the dystopian visions of George Orwell’s “1984” become more realistic. On...

Notre Dame’s history is 9 centuries of change, renovation and renewal

The Notre-Dame de Paris had been damaged and changed many times since it was begun in the mid-12th century. But the fire on April 15 might have been its most catastrophic event. Located on the...

How Columbine became a blueprint for school shooters

When 12 students and one teacher were killed in Littleton, Colorado 20 years ago, it not only became what at the time was the worst high school shooting in U.S. history. It also marked...

Should you apply to a college that has had a recent scandal?

When a scandal lands a college at the center of media attention, students and families are often repulsed – quite literally. That’s what we discovered when we examined admissions data at dozens of schools where...

New cholesterol study may lead you to ask: Pass the eggs, or pass on...

The recent news that eating three to four eggs a week is linked to a slight increase in risk for developing heart disease was a bummer for egg lovers. Should you stop eating eggs...

Russia isn’t the first country to protest Western control over global telecommunications

As the international community becomes increasingly concerned about misinformation and data breaches, the Russian government has announced plans to test its own, sweeping solution to the problem: disconnecting Russia from the global internet. Russian President...

Why Pete Buttigieg may be reviving progressive ideals of the Social Gospel Movement

In recent weeks, Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has captured wide media attention. One reason is that Buttigieg is the first openly gay presidential candidate. Another is that he has been unguarded in speaking about...

Abraham Lincoln, Joe Biden and the politics of touch

Amidst the furor over former Vice President Biden’s handsy habits – and with examples of inappropriate touching by current and former U.S. presidents still lingering – it might be a good time to recall...
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