Thursday, August 16, 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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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...

Flip a switch and shut down seizures? New research suggests how to turn off...

The brain is a precision instrument. Its function depends on finely calibrated electrical activity triggering the release of chemical messages between neurons. But sometimes the brain’s careful balance is knocked out of control, as in...

From breast implants to ice cube trays: How silicone took over our kitchens

One of my ice cube trays is a small, yellow novelty tray that, when placed in the freezer, molds water into little duck-shaped pieces of ice. You’ve probably seen ice cube trays like this in...

Argentina rejects legal abortion — and not all Catholics are celebrating

Unswayed by the estimated 2 million abortion rights activists gathered outside its doors, Argentina’s conservative-leaning Senate on August 9 rejected a bill that would have made abortion legal up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. The...

5 autores latinos que merecen ser leídos

Tal vez les parezca el retrato de los migrantes latinoamericanos en la política norteamericana actual –es decir, como unos invasores amenazantes – exageradamente negativa. Lo cierto es que los estereotipos que plantean que los latinoamericanos...

For universities, making the case for diversity is part of making amends for racist...

The Trump administration recently announced plans to scrap Obama-era guidelines that encouraged universities to consider race as a factor to promote diversity on campus, claiming the guidelines “advocate policy preferences and positions beyond the...

The world of plastics, in numbers

From its early beginnings during and after World War II, the commercial industry for polymers – long chain synthetic molecules of which “plastics” are a common misnomer – has grown rapidly. In 2015, over...

The case for boosting WNBA player salaries

As someone who has studied the WNBA for years, I’ve been excited to witness, over the course of this season, continued growth in viewership and attendance, along with sponsorship revenue. Last year, total attendance for...

How the federal government came to control your car’s fuel economy

The Environmental Protection Agency in August announced a plan to freeze fuel economy standards and revoke the ability of California to set more stringent rules than the national ones, prompting a legal showdown between...

Can Trump’s White House legally ban reporters?

As long as reporters have covered government officials, they’ve sought greater access than the government was willing to allow. The White House excluded a CNN reporter from an international trade announcement with the president of...

Who are the Sikhs and what are their beliefs?

New Jersey’s first Sikh attorney general, Gurbir Singh Grewal, was a target of disparaging remarks recently. Two radio hosts commented on Grewal’s Sikh identity and repeatedly referred to him as “turban man.” When called...

How new fathers use social media to make sense of their roles

A lawyer in Bermuda became internet-famous for dancing ballet alongside his two-year-old daughter, comforting her stage fright by being there and doing the dance moves right with her. He knew the part because he...