Sunday, June 16, 2019

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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Fathers need to care for themselves as well as their kids – but often...

If you had to choose, which would you rather have: a healthy father or a good father? Studies suggest men often choose being a good father over being healthy. Becoming a father is a major milestone...

Americans don’t agree on whether the poor should chip in or do work in...

Americans don’t agree on how safety-net programs should work. For example, Republicans are pushing to strengthen work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps, and co-payments for...

When America had an open prison – the story of Kenyon Scudder and his...

In a country with mass incarceration, horrific prison conditions and a penal system suffused with racism, some American prison reform activists wistfully look to Scandinavian institutions as beacons of humane prisons. Many Scandinavian countries even...

Divorced dads often dissed by schools

By the time Father’s Day takes place, the school year is usually over. In many ways, that’s an apt metaphor for how divorced fathers – or fathers who don’t live with their children – get...

Maryland has created a truth commission on lynchings – can it deliver?

Between 1850 and 1950, thousands of African American men, women and children were victims of lynchings: public torture and killings carried out by white mobs. Lynchings were used to terrorize and control black people, notably...

Elder abuse increasing, without increased awareness

About 16% of older adults are victims of some form of mistreatment and the number of reported cases of elder abuse is steadily increasing. Because of poor record-keeping, however, those of us who study...

How an aid gusher helped and hurt Liberia

Two violent civil wars in Liberia killed a quarter million people between 1989 and 2003 and destroyed the West African country’s economy. A massive influx of foreign aid followed that turmoil, ushering in a...

Seaweed and sea slugs rely on toxic bacteria to defend against predators

Plants, animals and even microbes that live on coral reefs have evolved a rich variety of defense strategies to protect themselves from predators. Some have physical defenses like spines and camouflage. Others have specialized...

Who’s your daddy? Don’t ask a DNA test

“Man Ordered to Pay $65K in Child Support for Kid Who Isn’t His.” “Father Hopes to Change State Paternity Law” after losing custody of his biological daughter to another man. The headlines are lurid...

European elections suggest US shouldn’t be complacent in 2020

In many ways, the European Parliament elections in late May were calmer than expected. The more extreme political players, while gaining strength, did not do as well as many predicted. Cyber aggression and disinformation...

Consumer genetic testing customers stretch their DNA data further with third-party interpretation websites

Back in 2016, Helen (a pseudonym) took three different direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests: AncestryDNA, 23andMe and FamilyTreeDNA. She saw genetic testing as a way to enhance her paper trail genealogy research, and it panned...

What does the Trump administration want from Iran?

Two oil tankers were attacked on June 13 off the coast of Oman, forcing the crew members of one burning ship to flee. It was the latest in a series of assaults on tankers transporting...

How to handle raccoons, snakes and other critters in your yard (hint: not with...

I heard a local story of a man who, in his excitement to kill a rattlesnake, used the only thing he had available ─ his thermos bottle. The next scene in this drama has...

For some, self-tracking means more than self-help

People who identify with the “Quantified Self movement” are, as expressed in the movement’s motto, seeking “self-knowledge through self-tracking.” They want to know how to sleep better, stay fit or have a more productive...

‘I still get tweets to go back in the kitchen’ – the enduring power...

The story of the 2019 U.S. women’s national soccer team is not yet written, but its opening chapter – a 13-0 drubbing of Thailand – has inspired American fans hoping for a championship repeat. The...

‘I still get tweets to go back in the kitchen’ – the enduring power...

The story of the 2019 U.S. women’s national soccer team is not yet written, but its opening chapter – a 13-0 drubbing of Thailand – has inspired American fans hoping for a championship repeat. The...

Rapid DNA analysis helps diagnose mystery diseases

As doctors, we deal with a lot of uncertainty. Often, it is difficult to diagnose what is making a patient sick because symptoms from both infectious and non-infectious diseases can be indistinguishable from each...

Inflation is healthy for the economy – but too much can trigger a recession

In a healthy economy, prices tend to go up – a process called inflation. While you might not like that as a consumer, moderate price growth is a sign of a healthy, growing economy. And,...

Inflation is healthy for the economy – but too much can trigger a recession,...

In a healthy economy, prices tend to go up – a process called inflation. While you might not like that as a consumer, moderate price growth is a sign of a healthy, growing economy. And,...

Food label nutrition facts matter to you, but don’t tell you much about your...

It seems like every day a new study is published that links the bacteria in the gut to a specific disease or health condition. The allure of research like ours and that of other...

What the ban on gene-edited babies means for family planning

Technology surrounding the human embryo has moved out of the realm of science fiction and into the reality of difficult decisions. Clinical embryologists fertilize human eggs for the purpose of helping couples conceive. The...

What Orwell’s ‘1984’ tells us about today’s world, 70 years after it was published

Seventy years ago, Eric Blair, writing under a pseudonym George Orwell, published “1984,” now generally considered a classic of dystopian fiction. The novel tells the story of Winston Smith, a hapless middle-aged bureaucrat who lives...

A growing source of Canadian asylum-seekers: US citizens whose parents were born elsewhere

Jokes about moving to Canada became common among progressives in the U.S. during Donald Trump’s presidential bid. When he won, a spike in U.S. citizens seeking information about how to relocate crashed Canada’s immigration...

Could a weakening US economy imperil Trump’s trade war against China?

President Donald Trump’s trade war with China is based on two basic and complementary assumptions: the U.S. economy is strong and, perhaps more importantly, stronger than the Chinese economy. Last summer when the war began...

Companies’ self-regulation doesn’t have to be bad for the public

If Boeing is allowed to certify that a crash-prone aircraft is safe, and Facebook can violate users’ privacy expectations, should companies and industries ever be allowed to police themselves? The debate is heating up...

The Defense Department is worried about climate change – and also a huge carbon...

Scientists and security analysts have warned for more than a decade that global warming is a potential national security concern. They project that the consequences of global warming – rising seas, powerful storms, famine and...

The 25th Amendment wouldn’t work to dump Trump

Here’s some advice for frustrated impeachment advocates who think there might be other ways to force Donald Trump out of office: The 25th Amendment won’t help you. But that hasn’t stopped people from trying. Andrew McCabe,...

Artificial intelligence-enhanced journalism offers a glimpse of the future of the knowledge economy

Much as robots have transformed entire swaths of the manufacturing economy, artificial intelligence and automation are now changing information work, letting humans offload cognitive labor to computers. In journalism, for instance, data mining systems...

E-cig companies use cartoon characters as logos, and new study shows it works

Electronic cigarette use, or vaping, is unsafe for children, adolescents and young adults. Electronic cigarettes often contain nicotine and other harmful substances. Nicotine is addictive and can curb adolescent brain development, which continues into...

Minorities face more obstacles to a lifesaving organ transplant

Patients who experience organ failure need a transplant to improve their odds of survival and to achieve a better quality of life. However, getting an organ transplant is often accompanied by several challenges, many of...

23% of young black women now identify as bisexual

Since 1972, social scientists have studied the General Social Survey to chart the complexities of social change in the United States. The survey, which is conducted every couple years, asks respondents their attitudes on topics...

Investigating the investigative reporters: Bad news from Down Under

Sometimes the best journalism tells us the worst news. The United States has a tradition of learning troubling news through extraordinary reporting efforts from combat zones. During the Vietnam War, award-winning journalism revealed the slaughter...

Migrants will pay the price of Mexico’s tariff deal with Trump

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is celebrating an agreement avoiding U.S. tariffs as a major political and diplomatic triumph for his government. “We didn’t win everything, but we were able to claim a victory...

Why Sudan’s deadly crackdown on protesters could escalate in coming weeks

Sudanese security forces violently removed a protest camp in the capital, Khartoum, on June 3. In addition to brutally beating the pro-democracy protesters, government troops also fired on the demonstrators. Early numbers suggest that at...

Why Sudan’s deadly crackdown on protesters could escalate in coming weeks

Sudanese security forces violently removed a protest camp in the capital, Khartoum, on June 3. In addition to brutally beating the pro-democracy protesters, government troops also fired on the demonstrators. Early numbers suggest that at...

The struggle to find silence in the ancient monastic world – and now

In our contemporary world, noise pollution has reached dangerous levels. The World Health Organization has argued that “excessive noise” is a serious threat to human health. Studies have shown that excessive exposure to noise not...

What advice articles miss about ‘summer loss’

When the end of the school year arrives, internet articles and morning talk shows sound the annual alarm about preventing summer learning loss. They advise parents to purchase hot new reads for their children,...

The most unpopular presidential election winner ever could win again in 2020

Donald Trump is the first president to ever be elected while being actively disliked by the majority of Americans. Trump was also the first person elected president who was significantly less popular than his...

Driverless cars are going to disrupt the airline industry

As driverless cars become more capable and more common, they will change people’s travel habits not only around their own communities but across much larger distances. Our research has revealed just how much people’s...

Trophies made from human skulls hint at regional conflicts around the time of Maya...

Two trophy skulls, recently discovered by archaeologists in the jungles of Belize, may help shed light on the little-understood collapse of the once powerful Classic Maya civilization. The defleshed and painted human skulls, meant to...

A concise history of the US abortion debate

On Nov. 14, 1972, a controversial two-part episode of the groundbreaking television show, “Maude” aired. Titled “Maude’s Dilemma,” the episodes chronicled the decision by the main character to have an abortion. The landmark Supreme Court ruling...

May jobs report suggests a slowing economy – and possibly an imminent interest rate...

The latest jobs data suggests an interest rate cut may be imminent. The Labor Department reported on June 7 that U.S. nonfarm payroll employment increased by 75,000 in May, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged...

Climate change alters what’s possible in restoring Florida’s Everglades

The Everglades are a vast network of subtropical freshwater wetland and estuarine ecosystems that once spanned the length and breadth of south Florida. Fifty years of dredging and diking, starting in 1948, greatly reduced...

Forget lower jobs growth, the number of people who’ve stopped looking for work is...

The latest jobs report showed a lackluster gain in jobs in May that was worse than economists had predicted. While the sudden slowdown in jobs growth after many months of strong numbers is worrying and...

Are brain games mostly BS?

You’ve probably seen ads for apps promising to make you smarter in just a few minutes a day. Hundreds of so-called “brain training” programs can be purchased for download. These simple games are designed...

School vouchers expand despite evidence of negative effects

For the past couple of decades, proponents of vouchers for private schools have been pushing the idea that vouchers work. They assert there is a consensus among researchers that voucher programs lead to learning gains...

How the ‘good guy with a gun’ became a deadly American fantasy

At the end of May, it happened again. A mass shooter killed 12 people, this time at a municipal center in Virginia Beach. Employees had been forbidden to carry guns at work, and some...

Privacy concerns don’t stop people from putting their DNA on the internet to help...

Americans are embracing the use of DNA databases to solve crimes. Over the past year DNA submitted to ancestry websites have helped police in the United States identify the killers in several unsolved crimes, including...

Convicts are returning to farming – anti-immigrant policies are the reason

Prison inmates are picking fruits and vegetables at a rate not seen since Jim Crow. Convict leasing for agriculture – a system that allows states to sell prison labor to private farms – became infamous...

Does hitting the snooze button really help you feel better?

To sleep or to snooze? You probably know the answer, but you don’t prefer it. Most of us probably use the snooze function on our alarm clocks at some point in our lives. Just a...