The destructive life of a Mardi Gras bead

Shiny, colorful bead necklaces, also known as “throws,” are now synonymous with Mardi Gras. Even if you’ve never been to the Carnival celebrations, you probably know the typical scene that plays out on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street every year: Revelers line up along the parade ...

California's rain may shed light on new questions about what causes earthquakes

California is particularly earthquake-prone, hosting the great San Andreas fault zone. wlscience/flickr, CC BY-SAIn recent weeks, California has experienced unusually heavy rainfall. California is also earthquake-prone, hosting the great San Andreas fault zone. If there is an unusual surge of earthq...

Why Trump's EPA is far more vulnerable to attack than Reagan's or Bush's

The bad old days: Public and political support for the EPA was highest when environmental problems like air and water pollution were more obvious than current problems like climate change or endocrine disruptors. U.S. National ArchivesFor people concerned with environmental protection, including man...

Cybersecurity of the power grid: A growing challenge

Called the “largest interconnected machine,” the U.S. electricity grid is a complex digital and physical system crucial to life and commerce in this country. Today, it is made up of more than 7,000 power plants, 55,000 substations, 160,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and mil...

The transgender bathroom controversy: Four essential reads

Editor’s note: The following is a roundup of archival stories related to transgender issues in education.On Feb. 22, President Donald Trump’s administration revoked protections allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms of their chosen gender identity. The joint letter from the J...

How Iranian filmmakers like Asghar Farhadi defy the censors

Politics loom over this year’s Oscars, with many bracing for what the winners will – or won’t – say when they ascend the stage before millions of television viewers on Feb. 26. One nominee, however, has already made a statement.Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s “...

Hidden figures: How black women preachers spoke truth to power

Sojourner Truth Memorial in Florence, Massachusetts.Lynne Graves, CC BY-NDEach semester I greet the students who file into my preaching class at Howard University with a standard talk. The talk is not an overview of the basics – techniques of sermon preparation or sermon delivery, as one might...

Seeking truth among 'alternative facts'

Part of what I do as an archaeologist is judge between competing claims to truth. Indeed, you could say this is the entire purpose of science. Before we make a judgment about what is true, there are facts that have to be examined and weighed against one another.When Trump’s senior advisor Kell...

Here's what must be done to detect, disrupt and deter phoenix activity in Australia

The construction industry is particularly prone to illegal phoenix activity.AAP/Paul MillerTo stamp out illegal phoenix activity, directors should be required to have identification numbers. And, if they’ve had many corporate failures, they should be classed in a new probationary category, our...

Vital Signs: there's never been a tougher time to be a central banker

Vital Signs is a weekly economic wrap from UNSW economics professor and Harvard PhD Richard Holden (@profholden). Vital Signs aims to contextualise weekly economic events and cut through the noise of the data affecting global economies.This week: The Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia calls f...

Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most

The Fair Work Commission decided to cut Sunday and some public holiday rates of pay across the hospitality, retail, pharmacy and fast food industries for full time, part time and some casual workers.This will hit young people the hardest as research tells us that while a third of Australians rely on...

How undocumented immigrants negotiate a place for themselves in America

Once undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers arrive on American soil, they run the risk of being stopped by law enforcement officials who are charged with investigating their status. A Feb. 17 memo released by the Department of Homeland Security reveals how great this risk will be under Presiden...

Who exactly are 'radical' Muslims?

Indian Muslim woman Shagufta Sayyd prays in Mumbai, India.AP Photo/Rafiq MaqboolThe Trump administration has been using the phrase “radical Islam” when discussing the “war on terror.” From his inauguration address to remarks to military leaders, President Trump has been warni...

Decades into diabetes, insulin therapy still hard to manage

Insulin syringes.From www.shutterstock.comSo, your doctor told you that you need insulin therapy for your Type 2 diabetes.This is a common problem and likely to be more so in the coming years. About 29 million people in the U.S. have Type 2 diabetes, and another 86 million have prediabetes. About on...

Opinion

Trump and the Deep State

Trump and the Deep State

Words have meaning.  A word is a unit of language, consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation that fu...

President Trump’s Expanded Definition of ‘criminal’

President Trump’s Expanded Definition of ‘criminal’

Steven Riznyk is a business and immigration attorney President Trump’s Expanded Definition of ‘criminal’ May Lead to a World of P...

Arab Fault Lines are Embracing Catastrophic Ending

Arab Fault Lines are Embracing Catastrophic Ending

Arab World Floating in a Disdained Capsule Once again, the UNO is warning of increased humanitarian bloodbaths, famine and forcib...

They Want a Civil War We Have a Prayer Meeting

They Want a Civil War We Have a Prayer Meeting

The American Revolution changed the world.  Our Declaration of Independence proclaims self-evident truths.  That all men are creat...