Friday, December 14, 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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As hunting declines, efforts grow to broaden the funding base for wildlife conservation

Hunting is a seasonal ritual for more than 11 million Americans in fall and winter. For those whose quarry includes ducks, geese or other waterfowl, one essential item is a Federal Duck Stamp –...

The NRA’s financial weakness, explained

The National Rifle Association’s political spending fell during the 2018 midterm elections. There’s talk of ending small perks like free coffee at its offices and even employee layoffs. These and other trends indicate that at...

Trump administration ban on NIH use of fetal tissue should worry all scientists

Throughout history, politicians have restricted or outright banned certain areas of scientific or medical research based on moral or ethical grounds. In some cases, these measures were justified and prevented unethical human or animal...

What the US could learn from Thailand about health care coverage

The open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) draws to a close on Dec. 15. Yet, recent assaults on the ACA by the Trump administration stand in marked contrast to efforts to...

How wireless recharging works – and doesn’t, yet

Though the days of hardwired wall-mounted phones are ending and wireless internet connections are common at home and on the go, people are still dependent on cords to charge their mobile devices. My research,...

We train Colombian woolly monkeys to be wild again – and maybe save them...

Colombia’s Andes Mountains used to be loaded with wildlife, including South America’s sole bear species, the spectacle bear, and the mountain tapir, which lives only in the world’s highest altitudes. You couldn’t walk a mile...

Nearly all sexual harassment at work goes unreported – and those who do report...

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have brought renewed attention to workplace sexual harassment. However, the vast majority of allegations go unreported, and those who do report tend to face troubling outcomes. Our new research, released...

Nearly all sexual harassment at work goes unreported – and those who do report...

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have brought renewed attention to workplace sexual harassment. However, the vast majority of allegations go unreported, and those who do report tend to face troubling outcomes. Our new research, released...

Who are Yemen’s Houthis?

Fully half of Yemen’s population – 14 million people – are on the brink of starvation. Some analysts blame their inability to access basic foodstuff on escalating conflict between two religious factions: the country’s...

Worry over kids’ excessive smartphone use is more justified than ever before

Parents who fear their kids are spending too much time in front of screens now have more reason for concern. New research funded by the National Institutes of Health found brain changes among kids using...

Looking for a high-tech gift for a young child? Think playgrounds, not playpens

Shopping for a new high-tech gift for the child in your life this holiday season? It’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the options. Bright boxes, colorful apps and cute plastic robots will promise...

Why shaming your children on social media may make things worse

Matt Cox knew he would be criticized when he forced his 10-year-old daughter to walk 5 miles to school in 36-degree weather as her punishment for being suspended from the school bus twice for...

The key to our humanity isn’t genetic, it’s microbial

What if the key to perfecting the human species were actually … yogurt? The fantasy of trying to perfect humanity through genetics was recently reignited by the announcement of the Chinese scientist claiming to have...

In 2019, women’s rights are still not explicitly recognized in US Constitution

Over nine decades, efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to recognize women’s rights have faced major challenges. Congress finally passed such legislation, known as the Equal Rights Amendment, in 1972. The amendment would recognize women’s...

No coups occurred in 2018. Will next year be so stable?

The past year may have felt politically tumultuous, between Saudi Arabia’s brazen killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, the resurgence of authoritarianism in Eastern Europe and Donald Trump’s unorthodox approach to U.S. foreign...

What winter solstice rituals tell us about indigenous people

On the day of winter solstice, many Native American communities will hold religious ceremonies or community events. The winter solstice is the day of the year when the Northern Hemisphere has the fewest hours of...

How big data has created a big crisis in science

There’s an increasing concern among scholars that, in many areas of science, famous published results tend to be impossible to reproduce. This crisis can be severe. For example, in 2011, Bayer HealthCare reviewed 67 in-house...

Time travel is possible – but only if you have an object with infinite...

The concept of time travel has always captured the imagination of physicists and laypersons alike. But is it really possible? Of course it is. We’re doing it right now, aren’t we? We are all...

With a limited on-screen presence, autistic characters have emerged in another medium: Fan fiction

In one Harry Potter fan fiction story, Hermione Granger anxiously awaits the results from a recent test. It isn’t her performance on an exam in a potions course that she’s concerned about. Instead, the higher-ups...

With a limited on-screen presence, autistic characters have emerged in another medium: Fan fiction

In one Harry Potter fan fiction story, Hermione Granger anxiously awaits the results from a recent test. It isn’t her performance on an exam in a potions course that she’s concerned about. Instead, the higher-ups...

China’s climate progress may have faltered in 2018, but it seems to be on...

Despite clear signs that the need to act on climate change is becoming more urgent, global greenhouse gas emissions are set to rise for the second straight year. China, the world’s second-largest economy and ground...

Think teens need the sex talk? Older adults may need it even more

Humans are sexual beings. This urge does not stop when the clock strikes 60. Or even 90. Young adults may deny older relatives are having sex, but sexual activity is a strong indicator of healthy...

Brexit rooted more in elite politics than mass resentment

Thirty months after the British voted to exit the European Union, or the EU, nobody knows where Brexit will end up. Champions of the exit hoped to free themselves from the EU’s constraints – especially...

You may not even need a telescope to see Comet 46P/Wirtanen in the night...

As comets blaze across the night sky, they can bring wonder and excitement to those watching from Earth – or even a sense of impending doom. In the past, people debated what comets even...

Where’s my package? Common carrier freight lockers can ease city traffic and prevent failed...

Online shopping is a big convenience for many Americans, but porch piracy can ruin the experience. For example, Mikaela Gilbert lived in a row house in West Philadelphia while she studied systems engineering at...

Don’t worry about screen time – focus on how you use technology

Many Americans find themselves bombarded by expert advice to limit their screen time and break their addictions to digital devices – including enforcing and modeling this restraint for the children in their lives. However,...

Diamonds are forever – whether made in a lab or mined from the earth

It’s diamond season. Almost 40 percent of American engagements happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day, with Christmas the most popular day to pop the question – and hand over a sparkly piece of ice....

How stereo was first sold to a skeptical public

When we hear the word “stereo” today, we might simply think of a sound system, as in “turn on the stereo.” But stereo actually is a specific technology, like video streaming or the latest expresso...

Cheap oil is blocking progress on climate change

The relationship between supply and demand, a fundamental economic concept, holds that when the price of something rises, people use less of it. Similarly, when prices fall, they use more. And it may seem logical...

Wisconsin GOP’s power grab is a danger to democracy

In Wisconsin, Democratic candidates won the 2018 elections for governor and attorney general. But the Republican-controlled legislature quickly introduced and passed lame-duck legislation that takes power away from these incoming officeholders and hands it to...

Cannabis use in teens not a gateway to conduct problems, study suggests – but...

With the legalization of cannabis for adults becoming increasingly widespread, more adolescents will be trying the drug. And parents will be wondering what the consequences will be for their teens should they try and...

Do climate policies ‘kill jobs’? An economist on why they don’t cause massive unemployment

Climate change will hammer the U.S. economy unless there’s swift action to rein in greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, according to the latest National Climate Assessment report. But President Donald Trump has dismissed...

Denying transgender identity has serious impact on mental health

“Sticks and stones may break my bones – but words will never hurt me,” goes the playground rhyme. But the adage is only half right, according to my research on transgender mental health. Words can hurt. In...

Trump presidency’s personnel turmoil stands in stark contrast to the ‘nice guy’ administration of...

John Kelly’s resignation as White House chief of staff makes him the latest in a long line of senior officials to leave the Trump administration. That brings turnover of senior staff at the White House...

This Christmas tell your children the real Santa Claus story

Santa Claus will soon be coming to town, bringing gifts to children. Santa has several aliases, depending on the part of the world you live in. The English call him Father Christmas, the French know...

Don’t stress about what kind of Christmas tree to buy, but reuse artificial trees...

Environmentally conscious consumers often ask me whether a real Christmas tree or an artificial one is the more sustainable choice. As a horticulture and forestry researcher, I know this question is also a concern...

You make decisions quicker and based on less information than you think

We live in an age of information. In theory, we can learn everything about anyone or anything at the touch of a button. All this information should allow us to make super-informed, data-driven decisions...

Trump administration seeks to strip more people of citizenship

U.S. government officials are making a coordinated effort to find evidence of immigration fraud by reexamining the files of immigrants who became U.S. citizens. They are searching for cases where individuals used more than one...

Myanmar debates women’s rights amid evidence of pervasive sexual and domestic violence

For years, feminists in Myanmar have been fighting to gain even the most basic legal rights for women. Spousal abuse is still legal in the isolated military dictatorship formerly known as Burma. Even criminal sexual...

5 things to know about Guantanamo Bay on its 115th birthday

The naval base at Guantanamo Bay is quietly commemorating its 115th anniversary. On Dec. 10, 1903, the United States established its first overseas military, base on 45 square miles of Cuban territory. Today, the base at...

5 things to know about Guantanamo Bay on its 115th birthday

The naval base at Guantanamo Bay is quietly commemorating its 115th anniversary. On Dec. 10, 1903, the United States established its first overseas military, base on 45 square miles of Cuban territory. Today, the base at...

How activists are fighting racial disparities in school discipline

Harsh and racially disparate discipline practices are widespread in America’s schools. Not so long ago in Texas, for instance, 75 percent of black students had been suspended at some point in high school. For black...

What we can learn from reading Sylvia Plath’s copy of ‘The Great Gatsby’

As a rare books curator, I get to interact with first editions of novels I love, illustrated versions of my favorite poets’ works, and lavish editions of historical engravings. In 2015, I started using the...

For many women, tracking their fertility can be an emotional whirlwind

Have you ever used a health app to track your personal data, such as diet, exercise, or menstrual cycle? Did seeing the data make you feel excited and empowered? Or stressed and frustrated? With the...

Those designer babies everyone is freaking out about – it’s not likely to happen

When Adam Nash was still an embryo, living in a dish in the lab, scientists tested his DNA to make sure it was free of Fanconi anemia, the rare inherited blood disease from which...

The Trump administration is scrapping a collaborative sage grouse protection plan to expand oil...

The Trump administration has released plans to open up nine million acres of sage grouse habitat in six western states to oil and gas drilling. This initiative dramatically cuts back an elaborate plan developed...

What French populists from the ’50s can teach us about the ‘yellow vests’ roiling...

The populist protests roiling France remind me of a similar anti-tax revolt that occurred in Paris nearly 65 years ago. In January 1955, tens of thousands of French men and women gathered at the Porte...

Saudi Arabia is allying with Russia to shore up oil prices as OPEC’s power...

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries likes to look united. That’s evident when OPEC leaders meet in Vienna at the end of each year to decide how much oil its members will aim to...

John Chau may have been influenced by past evangelical missions and their belief in...

The recent killing of a 26-year-old U.S. missionary, John Allen Chau, on a remote island in India has raised many questions about global evangelical Protestant missions. Chau was on a personal mission to convert the...

Fight for federal right to education takes a new turn

A new fight to secure a federal constitutional right to education is spreading across the country. This fight has been a long time coming and is now suddenly at full steam. In 1973, plaintiffs in...