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As emerging economies bring their citizens online, global trust in internet media is changing

Digital technology was dreamed of as the ultimate connector and leveler, the ideal destroyer of borders and boundaries. The digital community that …

Online Life

Israel’s new nation-state law restates the obvious

Early last Thursday, July 19, while most Israelis were sleeping, Israel’s right-wing coalition government narrowly passed a highly controversial law …

Israel

Putin the hero

After U.S. President Donald Trump’s unprecedented performance at a press conference with Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki Summit on July 16, Trump was …

Russia

The Federal Reserve needs to remain independent of the whims of politicians

President Donald Trump recently attacked the Federal Reserve’s policy of gradually raising interest rates, breaking with decades of precedent …

Federal Reserve

As New York looks into whether the Trump Foundation broke the law, criminal charges remain unlikely

New York authorities have opened an investigation into the Donald J. Trump Foundation to determine whether the president or his charity broke state …

Corruption

A brief history of ketchup

Trade wars have an interesting way of revealing cultural stereotypes.<p>Countries often propose tariffs not on the most valuable items in their trading …

Condiments

What is behind belief in weeping Virgin Mary statues

In a Catholic parish in Hobbs, New Mexico, a statue of the Virgin Mary has been “weeping.”<p>Onlookers have gathered out of curiosity, and also for …

Theology

Why do paper cuts hurt so much?

Consider, for a moment, the paper cut. It happens suddenly and entirely unexpectedly, usually just as you are finally getting somewhere on that task …

Lips

How old is my pet in dog years or cat years? A veterinarian explains

“Just how old do you think my dog is in dog years?” is a question I hear on a regular basis. People love to anthropomorphize pets, attributing human …

Pets

How free should speech on campus be?

<i>From the editors:</i> Of all the places to put forth a controversial idea, perhaps none is more attractive than an American college campus. Similarly, …

Higher Education

America is in the middle of a battle over the meaning of words like 'diversity'

You might think that the culture war over race and immigration primarily transpires in dramatic events, like the woman who climbed the Statue of …

Diversity

Who owns the moon? A space lawyer answers

Most likely, this is the best-known picture of a flag ever taken: Buzz Aldrin standing next to the first U.S. flag planted on the Moon. For those who …

Space Exploration

Pathogens attack plants like hackers, so my lab thinks about crop protection like cybersecurity

Plants feed us. Without them we’re goners. Through thousands of years of genetic modification by selective breeding, humans have developed the crops …

Immune System

'Traveling while black' guidebooks may be out of print, but still resonate today

In the summer of 2017, the NAACP issued a travel advisory for the state of Missouri.<p>Modeled after the international advisories issued by the U.S. …

Guide Books

Support for the Endangered Species Act remains high as Trump administration and Congress try to gut it

The Endangered Species Act, or “the Act,” is arguably the most important law in the United States for conserving biodiversity and arresting the …

Endangered Species

Support for the Endangered Species Act remains high as congressional efforts to undermine it accelerate

The Endangered Species Act, or “the Act,” is arguably the most important law in the United States for conserving biodiversity and arresting the …

Endangered Species

Naloxone remains controversial to some, but here's why it shouldn't be

The overdose-reversing drug naloxone saves thousands of lives each year and is more widely available today than ever. So why do overdose deaths …

Naloxone

Bloody uprising in Nicaragua could trigger the next Central American refugee crisis

Central American migrants have long been at the center of what consecutive U.S. administrations have called the immigration “crisis.”<p>Each year, …

El Salvador

Why the war on poverty in the US isn't over, in 4 charts

On July 12, President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers concluded that America’s long-running war on poverty “is largely over and a success.”<p>I am …

Poverty Rate

How virtual worlds can recreate the geographic history of life

The Amazon and the adjacent Andean slopes in South America host an astonishing richness of plants and animals. These species have been sources of …

Anthropology

Cómo las ciudades pueden ayudar a los inmigrantes a sentirse en casa: 4 gráficos

Al mismo tiempo que crece el sentimiento antimigrante en varios lugares desde Alemania hasta Estados Unidos, varias ciudades hallan maneras para …

What makes Putin's vision of a Russian-US oil alliance a pipedream

When Russian leader Vladimir Putin addressed the media in Helsinki alongside President Donald Trump, he proposed that their countries “work together” …

Oil

US health care companies begin exploring blockchain technologies

The sprawling U.S. health care industry has trouble managing patient information: Every doctor, medical office, hospital, pharmacy, therapist and …

Health Care

Reeling from the news? Train your brain to feel better with these 4 techniques

Americans have been barraged in the past couple of weeks by a series of major news events – some of them unsettling. President Trump’s trip to Europe …

University of California

MGM is suing the victims of the worst mass shooting in US history. Here's why

Last October, Stephen Paddock unleashed a barrage of automatic gunfire from a 32nd-floor hotel room overlooking a large crowd of concertgoers …

Mass Shootings

What is heaven?

When a family member or a friend passes away, we often find ourselves reflecting on the question “where are they now?” As mortal beings, it is a …

Theology

How the PROSPER Act could negatively impact LGBTQ students

The PROSPER Act, a bill to reauthorize and overhaul key elements of higher education law, could be brought for a vote in the House of Representatives …

Higher Education

Has Trump violated his oath of office? A primer on presidential duty and accountability

After his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, U.S. President Donald Trump was barraged with criticism from both …

Donald Trump

¿Qué hace ICE, la agencia federal que aplica las leyes de inmigración en EEUU?

¿Será que usted haya oído el eslogan “Abolish ICE”?<p>Esta frase en inglés -que quiere decir “Eliminen el ICE”, el Immigration and Customs Enforcement, …

¿Qué hace ICE, la agencia federal que aplica las leyes de inmigración d EEUU?

¿Será que usted haya oído el eslogan “Abolish ICE”?<p>Esta frase en inglés -que quiere decir “Eliminen el ICE”, el Immigration and Customs Enforcement, …