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The most important ways parents can prepare children for school

With school starting, parents wonder what they can do to help their children succeed. Almost everyone knows that reading books with young children is …

Parenting

Why today's teens aren't in any hurry to grow up

Teens aren’t what they used to be.<p>The teen pregnancy rate has reached an all-time low. Fewer teens are drinking alcohol, having sex or working …

Millennials

As a warming climate changes Kodiak bears' diets, impacts could ripple through ecosystems

After several years of studying brown bear ecology on Alaska’s Kodiak Island, I grew used to walking up streams into scenes of carnage. Where bears …

Climate Change

Languages don't all have the same number of terms for colors – scientists have a new theory why

People with standard vision can see millions of distinct colors. But human language categorizes these into a small set of words. In an industrialized …

Language

Rich American seniors are getting healthier, leaving the poor behind

The U.S. has seen substantial improvements in life expectancy over the past century, particularly for those who are better-educated and more affluent.<p>…

Equality

Scientists are unraveling the mystery of your body's clock – and soon may be able to reset it

For people who don’t get sleepy until 2 a.m., the buzz of an alarm clock can feel mighty oppressive.<p>Relief may be on the horizon, thanks to the …

Wellness

How the government can steal your stuff: 6 questions about civil asset forfeiture answered

<i>Editor’s note: Should someone wearing a badge have the power to relieve a suspected drug dealer of his Maserati on the spot without giving him an</i> …

Law

Why Hurricanes Harvey and Irma won't lead to action on climate change

It’s not easy to hold the nation’s attention for long, but three solid weeks of record-smashing hurricanes directly affecting multiple states and at …

Climate

The enduring power of Mosul's rich and diverse past

The Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, built nearly a millennium ago and one of Iraq’s most revered religious sites, was destroyed when the Islamic State …

Islamic State (ISIS)

RAISE Act: Global panel of scholars explains 'merit-based' immigration

<i>Editor’s note: In February, U.S. Republican senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue, with President Donald Trump, unveiled an immigration bill called</i> …

Immigration

How the Pentagon tried to cure America of its 'Vietnam syndrome'

In August 1965, Morley Safer, a reporter for “CBS News,” accompanied a unit of U.S. marines on a search-and-destroy mission to the Vietnamese village …

War

Can taking down websites really stop terrorists and hate groups?

In the wake of an explosion in London on September 15, President Trump called for cutting off extremists’ access to the internet.<p>Racists and …

Daily Stormer

Using truly secure passwords: 6 essential reads

<i>Editor’s note: the following is roundup of previously published articles.</i><p>Passwords are everywhere – and they present an impossible puzzle. Social …

Security

How affirmative action could cure cancer and heart disease

Affirmative action programs are designed to provide access to high-quality higher education for underrepresented minorities, but the Trump …

Education

Harvey and Irma present nearly perfect conditions for Zika-spreading mosquitoes

Even as the floodwaters from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma begin to recede, significant but less obvious health threats remain. The standing water the …

Dengue Fever

Rebuilding after disasters: 5 essential reads

<i>The following is a roundup of previously published articles.</i><p>Storm-battered communities in Texas and Florida are moving into the long process of …

Climate Change

Roots of racism: 6 essential reads

<i>On Friday, Sept. 15, “Third Rail with OZY” will discuss racism in the United States.</i><p><i>These stories from The Conversation archive explore where racism</i> …

Racism

How 'dreamers' and green card lottery winners strengthen the US economy

While President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans have long decried illegal immigration and proposed remedies like the wall and mass …

Immigration

'Jesus People' – a movement born from the 'Summer of Love'

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love.” Popular culture remembers the tens of thousands of joyous young hippies that descended …

Faith

Seeds in space – how well can they survive harsh, non-Earth conditions?

Will we someday colonize space? Will our children visit other planets? To achieve goals like these, we’ll need to crack one crucial challenge: how to …

Biology

Hurricanes drive immigration to the US

In the last few weeks, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Katia have cut paths of destruction in the Caribbean, Mexico and the U.S.<p>While recovery and …

Immigration

Even when it's sitting in storage, coal threatens human health

President Trump and his appointees have pledged to end what they call the “war on coal” – policies designed to reduce the health and environmental …

Pollution

How Vietnam dramatically changed our views on honor and war

When Americans think of being at war, they might think of images of their fellow citizens suffering.<p>We count the dead and wounded. We follow veterans …

Vietnam War

How Vietnam dramatically changed our views on soldiers, honor and war

When Americans think of being at war, they might think of images of their fellow citizens suffering.<p>We count the dead and wounded. We follow veterans …

Veterans

Vietnam War: Who was right about what went wrong – and why it matters in Afghanistan

The ghosts of the Vietnam War no doubt hovered over a recently assembled conclave of President Donald Trump’s advisers as they deliberated over the …

Foreign Policy

Vietnam: Who was right about what went wrong – and why it matters in Afghanistan

The ghosts of the Vietnam War no doubt hovered over a recently assembled conclave of President Donald Trump’s advisers as they deliberated over the …

Foreign Policy

How solar power can protect the US military from threats to the electric grid

As the U.S. military increases its use of drones in surveillance and combat overseas, the danger posed by a threat back at home grows. Many drone …

U.S. Department of Energy

Can 'Game of Thrones' teach us about the meaning of life?

When the popular television series “Game of Thrones” ended last month, fans bemoaned the long wait until the final season. Speculation pegs next …

Game of Thrones

During Vietnam War, music spoke to both sides of a divided nation

Music is central to Ken Burns’s new Vietnam War documentary, with an original score accompanied by samples of the era’s most popular musicians, from …

Vietnam War

During Vietnam, music spoke to both sides of a divided nation

Music is central to Ken Burns’s new Vietnam War documentary, with an original score accompanied by samples of the era’s most popular musicians, from …

Vietnam War