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US life expectancy just dropped for the second year in a row. Let's stop the trend now

U.S. gross domestic product is at an all-time high. U.S. life expectancy is not.<p>Life expectancy has fallen for the second time in two years – from a …

Public Health

Is language key to resolving the Israeli-Arab conflict?

According to a 2017 Pew Research Center poll, many people believe language is “the core of national identity.”<p>More than 70 percent of the population …

Israel

Shades of green: What gig economy workers can learn from the success of romance writers

When “Fifty Shades Freed” opens in theaters on Feb. 9, fans will no doubt flock to see bad boy Christian Grey (played by Jamie Dornan) bested by …

Publishing

How robot math and smartphones led researchers to a drug discovery breakthrough

Robotic movement can be awkward.<p>For us humans, a healthy brain handles all the minute details of bodily motion without demanding conscious attention. …

Mount Everest

Deadly California mudslides show the need for maps and zoning that better reflect landslide risk

Scenic hill slopes can be inspiring – or deadly, as we are seeing after the disastrous debris flows that have ravaged the community of Montecito, …

U.S. Geological Survey

New study reveals why some people are more creative than others

Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can be considered a trait that everyone – not …

Creativity

Closure of DC public charter school offers important lessons for Secretary DeVos and school choice debate

When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and first lady Melania Trump visited Excel Academy Public Charter School last spring, DeVos praised the school …

Education

What we can learn from closure of charter school that DeVos praised as 'shining example'

When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and first lady Melania Trump visited Excel Academy Public Charter School last spring, DeVos praised the school …

Education

Donald Trump doesn't understand Haiti, immigration or American history

Donald Trump’s denigrating comments about Haiti during a recent congressional meeting shocked people around the globe, but given his track record of …

Ulysses S. Grant

What activists today can learn from MLK, the ‘conservative militant'

In the turbulent days following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, activists launched resistance movements: Greenpeace activists climbed a large …

Black History

What Jeff Sessions doesn't understand about medical marijuana

On Jan. 4, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole memo, a 2013 document that limits federal enforcement of marijuana laws.<p>This opens the …

Cannabis

Does defense actually win championships?

Legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant famously said, “Offense sells tickets. Defense wins championships.”<p>Since Bryant’s retirement in 1982, his …

College Football

Craft beer is becoming the wine of New England by redefining 'terroir'

The U.S. craft beer industry is exploding. Although two companies – Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors – have produced more than 75 percent of all …

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Thanks to the North Carolina case, partisan gerrymandering's day of reckoning may soon be upon us

Gerrymandering was already shaping up to be an important issue this year, with huge implications for American democracy. But after the ruling this …

Judiciary

Quantum speed limit may put brakes on quantum computers

Over the past five decades, standard computer processors have gotten increasingly faster. In recent years, however, the limits to that technology …

Quantum Mechanics

Beyond #MeToo, Brazilian women rise up against racism and sexism

Women’s empowerment recently got a big boost at the Golden Globes, but the United States isn’t the only place having a feminist revival.<p>In 2015, two …

Feminism

Meet the theologian who helped MLK see the value of nonviolence

After this last tumultuous year of political rancor and racial animus, many people could well be asking what can sustain them over the next coming …

Black History

When I got DACA, I was forced to revert to a name I had left behind

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals was a great relief, if only for some time.<p>It allowed 800,000 people like myself to live and work without …

Immigration

Is warming in the Arctic behind this year's crazy winter weather?

Damage from extreme weather events during 2017 racked up the biggest-ever bills for the U.S. Most of these events involved conditions that align …

Climate Change

For black celebrities like Oprah, it's impossible to be apolitical

Oprah Winfrey’s rousing Golden Globe speech has many speculating whether the media mogul will become a presidential candidate in 2020, with some …

Black History

Autonomous vehicles could help millions of people catch up on sleep, TV and work

What would you do if you could magically reclaim all the time you spend behind the wheel of a car? Ultimately that’s what a future filled with …

Transportation

Turning power over to states won't improve protection for endangered species

Since the Endangered Species Act became law in 1973, the U.S. government has played a critical role in protecting endangered and threatened species. …

Conservation

When sexual assault victims speak out, their institutions often betray them

A 27-year-old medical resident in general surgery is sexually harassed by two men – the chief resident and a staff physician at the hospital. She …

Feminism

The 'greatest pandemic in history' was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrong

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, …

Targeting hidden roots of workplace harassment is key to fulfilling Oprah's promise to girls

The #MeToo movement was on full display at this year’s Golden Globes, where stars wore black to show solidarity. Among them was Oprah Winfrey, who, …

Shonda Rhimes

More colleges than ever have test-optional admissions policies — and that's a good thing

Back in the 1980s, Bates College and Bowdoin College were nearly the only liberal arts colleges not to require applicants to submit SAT or ACT test …

Nonprofits

MLK's vision of love as a moral imperative still matters

2017 was a year of increased conflict in the United States. Many diverse communities were forced to confront a range of challenges related to …

Racism

Defanged regulations have big media licking their chops

The year 2017 ended with a flurry of news affecting all aspects of the media industry. A shift in net neutrality policy and Disney’s planned purchase …

Disney XD

Why most nonprofit boards resemble whiteboards and how to fix that

You may not recognize the name Tarana Burke. She’s the black woman who founded the #MeToo movement a decade ago to support women of color who survive …

Nonprofits

How California's megachurches changed Christian culture

The popular view of California is of a liberal, godless region, a land of possibilities that is open to experimentation in all things. As novelist …

Religion