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Tons of acorns? It must be a mast year

  • Written by Emily Moran, Assistant Professor of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Merced
A mast year can be a squirrel's dream come true.Editor77/Shutterstock.com

If you have oak trees in your neighborhood, perhaps you’ve noticed that some years the ground is carpeted with their acorns, and some years there are hardly any. Biologists call this pattern, in which all the oak trees for miles around make either lots of acorns or...

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Do we actually grow from adversity?

  • Written by Eranda Jayawickreme, Associate Professor of Psychology, Wake Forest University
We like to narrate our lives in terms of the challenges we've confronted and the setbacks we've overcome.frankie's/shutterstock.com

In our culture, there’s this idea that enduring a tragedy can be good for your personal growth. You’ll have a newfound appreciation for life. You’ll be grateful for your friends and family....

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Proposed asylum fees are part of a bid to make immigrants to the US fund their own red tape

  • Written by Sarah R. Sherman-Stokes, Lecturer and Clinical Instructor of Law; Associate Director of the Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Clinic, Boston University
Like making applicants wait in Mexico, fees could discourage asylum seekers.AP Photo/Fernando Llano

The Trump administration wants to make people fleeing persecution in their home countries pay for something they’ve long gotten for free: the right to apply for asylum in the United States.

As an immigration attorney and a law professor who has...

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The Democrats are running more female veterans for office than ever before – but can they win?

  • Written by Theresa Schroeder Hageman, Visiting Assistant Professor, Ohio Northern University
Amy McGrath speaks to supporters in Louisville, Kentucky.AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

It’s not often that a political unknown’s campaign ad goes viral. But in 2018, M.J. Hegar (TX-13) burst onto the scene with “Doors,” a provocative campaign announcement video that placed her military experience and leadership ability front...

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Haiti protests summon spirit of the Haitian Revolution to condemn a president tainted by scandal

  • Written by Julia Gaffield, Associate Professor of History, Georgia State University
Jean Marcellis Destine, dressed as Haitian independence hero Jean-Jacques Dessalines, heads to a protest against President Jovenel Moïse in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Oct. 4, 2019. AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell

A radical, unlikely figure has emerged as the icon of Haiti’s months-long protests against President Jovenel Moïse, who stands accu...

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How scientists are combating 'superbugs': 4 essential reads

  • Written by Bijal Trivedi, Science and Technology Editor
Ella Balasa, who has antibiotic-resistant bacteria lodged inside her damaged lungs, prepares to inhale bacteria-killing viruses. AP Photo/Richard Drew

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Nov. 13 that describes a list of microorganisms that have become resistant to antibiotics and pose a serious threat to public...

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Cities and states take up the battle for an open internet

  • Written by David Elliot Berman, Ph.D. Candidate in Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Communities across the U.S. are taking network construction into their own hands.T.Dallas/Shutterstock.com

Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon are free to slow down, block or prioritize internet traffic as they wish, without interference by the federal government. That’s the effect of an October ruling by the D.C. Circuit...

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Dwindling tropical rainforests mean lost medicines yet to be discovered in their plants

  • Written by Walter Suza, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Agronomy, Iowa State University
A Brazilian soldier puts out fires.AP Photo/Leo Correa

Growing up in Tanzania, I knew that fruit trees were useful. Climbing a mango tree to pick a fruit was a common thing to do when I was hungry, even though at times there were unintended consequences. My failure to resist consuming unripened fruit, for example, caused my stomach to hurt. With...

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How much credit should corporations get for the advancement of LGBTQ rights?

  • Written by Nick Lehr, Arts + Culture Editor
Large corporations have both contributed to the expansion of LGBTQ equality and served as a bulwark against conservative backlash.cobravictor/flickr, CC BY-NC

Gay pride parades increasingly include marchers representing corporations, from defense contractor Raytheon to telecommunications conglomerate Comcast. During the most recent Pride Month,...

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Democratic candidates want to boost school funding – research shows that will help low-income students

  • Written by Derek W. Black, Professor of Law, University of South Carolina
Research shows that school funding impacts student achievement.Rido/Shutterstock.com

With few exceptions, the various Democratic plans for public education share a common theme: more funding, less privatizing.

Candidates Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders have promised to dramatically increase or triple current federal funding for...

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