Friday, May 24, 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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Rapid water quality tests better protect beachgoers

Planning a trip to the beach? Along with looking forward to some summer fun, beachgoers may be thinking about the safety of their waterfront destination. Will the water be clean enough for swimming, surfing,...

Doping soldiers so they fight better – is it ethical?

The military is constantly using technology to build better ships, warplanes, guns and armor. Shouldn’t it also use drugs to build better soldiers? Soldiers have long taken drugs to help them fight. Amphetamines like Dexedrine...

Mathematics of scale: Big, small and everything in between

Breathe. As your lungs expand, air fills 500 million tiny alveoli, each a fraction of a millimeter across. As you exhale, these millions of tiny breaths merge effortlessly through larger and larger airways into...

People with traumatic brain injury, who often lose empathy, can regain it with treatment

Most people can easily determine when a loved one is feeling sad or anxious. This recognition will often trigger the person to offer a comforting gesture or even have a contagious emotional reaction, causing...

‘World Heritage’ site selection is Eurocentric – and that shapes which historic places get...

The April 2019 fire that engulfed France’s Notre Dame Cathedral, in Paris, led to an outpouring of grief and introspection. Historians explained how the 800-year-old church had survived political upheaval. Theologians examined its “secret life”...

Water stays in the pipes longer in shrinking cities – a challenge for public...

The geographic locations where Americans live are shifting in ways that can negatively affect the quality of their drinking water. Cities that experience long-term, persistent population decline are called shrinking cities. Although shrinking cities exist...

The history of China’s Muslims and what’s behind their persecution

Over 1 million Uighur Muslims are being held in detention centers in the far western province of Xinjiang, China. Uighur leaders and experts located outside China have warned that the situation could worsen, and “mass...

As Airbnb grows, this is exactly how much it’s bringing down hotel prices and...

Airbnb has grown exponentially since its founding in 2008 and is expected to soon go public in an initial public offering that would rank it among the world’s most valuable hotel companies. In fact, U.S....

Facebook doesn’t fool me – but I worry about how it affects you

A number of prominent figures have called for some sort of regulation of Facebook – including one of the company’s co-founders and a venture capitalist who was one of Facebook’s early backers. Much of the...

Recent attempts at reparations show that World War II is not over

Next year marks the 75th anniversary of World War II. The war ended in 1945. But the world has never stopped debating its legacy and how to make restitution for the damage done to the...

Chicago’s Urban Prep Academy – known for 100% college acceptance rates – put reputation...

When I joined Urban Prep Academies in 2006 as the founding math teacher at what was to become the nation’s first all-boys public charter high school, the school’s faculty and staff had one central...

US is already fighting a conflict with Iran – an economic war that is...

Many are worried about the risk of war with Iran after the Trump administration leaked discussions of a troop deployment in response to claimed threats to U.S. warships in the region. And in recent days,...

US is already fighting a conflict with Iran – an economic war that is...

Many are worried about the risk of war with Iran after the Trump administration leaked discussions of a troop deployment in response to claimed threats to U.S. warships in the region. And in recent days,...

Could a lack of humility be at the root of what ails America?

There are a lot of reasons behind the political polarization of the country and the deterioration of civic discourse. I wonder if a lack of humility is one of them. In his recent book, “The Death...

The Constitution dictates that impeachment must not be partisan

Barely two decades since the impeachment of Bill Clinton, the people of the United States again are confronting the possibility that their president, now Donald Trump, could be impeached, meaning charged by the House...

The American GI in WWII, uncensored

I can still recall the exhilaration I felt in the reading room of the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. It was mid-April 2009. I was scrolling through roll after microfilm roll of the War...

I’m an evolutionary biologist – here’s why this ancient fungal fossil discovery is so...

Biologists don’t call them “the hidden kingdom” for nothing. With an estimated 5 million species, only a mere 100,000 fungi are known to scientists. This kingdom, which includes molds, yeasts, rusts and mushrooms, receives...

Genetic trigger discovered for common heart problem, mitral valve prolapse

Ever been to a large sporting event, such as a football or baseball game with 60,000 screaming fans? What you don’t hear through the screams is a clicking sound in the chests of about...

The Catholic Church is tightening rules on reporting sexual abuse – but not swearing...

Pope Francis recently changed the Catholic Church law, making it mandatory for clergy to report sexual abuse to church superiors. In the past, such reporting was left to the discretion of a priest or...

How rural areas like Florida’s Panhandle can become more hurricane-ready

When Hurricane Michael roared onto northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast in October 2018, its 160 mile-per-hour winds made it the strongest storm ever to hit the region. It was only the fourth Category 5 storm...

What’s wrong with those anti-vaxxers? They’re just like the rest of us

Whenever I talk about my research on how parents come to decide to reject vaccines for their children, my explanations are met with a range of reactions, but I almost always hear the same...

How dogs help keep multiracial neighborhoods socially segregated

Cities in the United States are getting less segregated and, according to a recent national survey, most Americans value the country’s racial diversity. But the demographic integration of a neighborhood doesn’t necessarily mean that neighbors...

The SAT’s new ‘adversity score’ is a poor fix for a problematic test

The College Board recently revealed a new “adversity score” that it plans to use as part of the SAT in order to reflect students’ social and economic background. The mere fact that the College Board...

What China wants: 3 things motivating China’s position in trade negotiations with the US

Relations between the U.S. and China have deteriorated sharply in recent days after trade negotiations broke down, leading some to suggest we are on the cusp of a new “cold war.” President Donald Trump blames...

An outlaw yeast thrives with genetic chaos – and could provide clues for understanding...

“I fought the law,” the 1977 song popularized by the English punk-rock band The Clash, features catchy lyrics about the dire consequences of life as an outlaw. In human affairs, the set of rules...

Simply elegant, Morse code marks 175 years and counting

The first message sent by Morse code’s dots and dashes across a long distance traveled from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore on Friday, May 24, 1844 – 175 years ago. It signaled the first time...

Hate heaped on black heroines of the French Resistance would look familiar to AOC...

Women of color who hold public office in Europe and the United States frequently attract intense scrutiny. In the United States, the outspoken U.S. representatives Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar have seen...

Women take a hit for reporting sexual harassment, but #MeToo may be changing that

An unprecedented number of women have come forward to share stories of workplace sexual harassment since the #MeToo movement gained momentum in late 2017. Yet their allegations are not always well received. Questions like “What...

Getting ready for hurricane season: 4 essential reads

The official Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1, even as many communities are still recovering from a destructive year in 2018. Hurricane Florence swamped much of the Carolinas in September, followed by Hurricane...

Misreading the story of climate change and the Maya

Carbon dioxide concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere have reached 415 parts per million – a level that last occurred more than three million years ago, long before the evolution of humans. This news adds to...

What your ability to engage with stories says about your real-life relationships

The best TV shows and films don’t simply distract from the drudgery of everyday life. They’re places to vicariously get to know different people, and learn from their relationships and experiences. Media scholars like ourselves...

How millennials are affecting the price of your home

It used to be that everyone wanted to buy a home, seeking pleasure and security, as well as the potential for future wealth. But younger Americans are buying homes far less often than their elders’...

How millennials are affecting the price of your home

It used to be that everyone wanted to buy a home, seeking pleasure and security, as well as the potential for future wealth. But younger Americans are buying homes far less often than their elders’...

There is more than one religious view on abortion – here’s what Jewish texts...

Alabama’s governor signed a bill this week that criminalizes nearly all abortions, threatening providers with a felony conviction and up to 99 years in prison. It is one of numerous efforts across the United States...

New autism research on single neurons suggests signaling problems in brain circuits

Autism affects at least 2% of children in the United States – an estimated 1 in 59. This is challenging for both the patients and their parents or caregivers. What’s worse is that today...

States – not just Congress – should unlock student financial aid for people in...

When it comes to higher education in prison, much of the media and advocacy focus is on trying to get Congress to lift a longstanding ban on giving Pell Grants to people serving time. While...

Phage therapy to prevent cholera infections – and possibly those caused by other deadly...

In the latest of a string of high-profile cases in the U.S., a cocktail of bacteria-killing viruses successfully treated a cystic fibrosis patient suffering from a deadly infection caused by a pathogen that was...

Viruses to stop cholera infections – the viral enemy of deadly bacteria could be...

In the latest of a string of high-profile cases in the U.S., a cocktail of bacteria-killing viruses successfully treated a cystic fibrosis patient suffering from a deadly infection caused by a pathogen that was...

The US could have ended up with a British-style health care system: Here is...

The role of government in the U.S. health care system has been contentious long before the recent emergence of Medicare-For-All proposals among Democratic presidential candidates. Advocates of so-called free-market health care have long described...

Hydropower dams can harm coastal areas far downstream

Thousands of hydroelectric dams are under construction around the world, mainly in developing countries. These enormous structures are one of the world’s largest sources of renewable energy, but they also cause environmental problems. Hydropower dams...

What’s behind the belief in a soulmate?

The United States appears to be in a romantic slump. Marriage rates have plummeted over the last decade. And compared to previous generations, young single people today are perhaps spending more time on social...

Why Congress needs to empower the IRS to give nonprofit newspapers a green light

After nearly 150 years in business – as a business – The Salt Lake Tribune wants to become a nonprofit. But first its owner is seeking approval from the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status....

Why letting the IRS decide the future of news is a bad idea

After nearly 150 years in business – as a business – The Salt Lake Tribune wants to become a nonprofit. But first its owner must get approval from the Internal Revenue Service. The federal agency...

Political cartoonists are out of touch – it’s time to make way for memes

The New York Times came under fire after a political cartoon appeared in print on April 25, 2019. In it, a blind President Donald Trump, wearing sunglasses and a yarmulke, leads, with a leash,...

Same-sex couples have been in American politics way longer than the Buttigiegs have been...

Since openly gay South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced his bid for the presidency, news outlets have been full of stories about Buttigieg and his husband. By highlighting the novelty of an out presidential...

Why is the Pentagon interested in UFOs?

U.S. Navy pilots and sailors won’t be considered crazy for reporting unidentified flying objects, under new rules meant to encourage them to keep track of what they see. Yet just a few years ago,...

‘The Big Bang Theory’ finale: Sheldon and Amy’s fictional physics parallels real science

After 12 successful seasons, “The Big Bang Theory” has finally come to a fulfilling end, concluding its reign as the longest running multicamera sitcom on TV. If you’re one of the few who haven’t seen...

The Brown v. Board of Education case didn’t start how you think it did

As the nation celebrates the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, the case is often recalled as one that “forever changed the course of American history.” But the story behind...

Congress is considering privacy legislation – be afraid

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called privacy the “right to be let alone.” Perhaps Congress should give states trying to protect consumer data the same right. For years, a gridlocked Congress ignored privacy, apart from...

Populist alliances of ‘cowboys and Indians’ are protecting rural lands

The sea of red on recent election maps make it look like rural areas are uniformly populated by Republicans. And conventional wisdom suggests that those Americans are largely conservative populists who question many government...