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A chess program helped this 8-year-old raise $240,000 and get his family out of a homeless shelter – here's what to look for in a chess program for your child

  • Written by Alexey W. Root, Lecturer in Education, University of Texas at Dallas
Third-grader Tanitoluwa Adewumi was crowned as a New York State Scholastic chess champion on March 10.GoFundMe

Before he won the primary (K-3) championship section of the New York State Scholastic Championships earlier this month, 8-year-old Tanitoluwa Adewumi was living in a New York City homeless shelter with his family, who came to the United...

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The promise and peril of the Dominican baseball pipeline

  • Written by Rob Ruck, Professor of History, University of Pittsburgh
Boys practice baseball at a park in San Antonio de Guerra, a small municipality in the Dominican Republic.Reuters/Ricardo Rojas

Latinos will comprise about 30 percent of Major League Baseball rosters on Opening Day, in large part because MLB has systematized its recruiting and developmental programs in the Caribbean over the last 25 years.

While res...

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Why the Vatican needs to open its archives on Pope Pius XII

  • Written by Alan Avery-Peck, Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies, College of the Holy Cross
Pope Pius XII.AP Photo

Pope Francis announced recently that, in 2020, the Vatican will open to researchers its archival materials related to Pius XII, who served as pope from 1939 to 1958.

The Vatican generally waits roughly 70 years after the end of a papacy before making archival materials available. In this case, the Vatican has decided to allow...

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Saudi women are going to college, running for office and changing the conservative country

  • Written by Alainna Liloia, Graduate Associate, Ph.D. Student, University of Arizona

Saudi Arabia is a notoriously difficult place to be a woman.

The kingdom enforces a strict interpretation of Islamic law that sees the separation of men and women as a defining aspect of an Islamic society. It also puts men in charge of their female relatives. Under this “guardianship system,” as it’s known, Saudi women must get...

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Why Trump's recognition of the Golan Heights as Israeli territory matters

  • Written by Dina Badie, Associate Professor of Politics and International Studies, Centre College
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, left, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, right, in the Israeli-held Golan Heights on March 11, 2019Ronen Zvulun/Pool via AP

Responding to pressure from the Israeli government, President Donald Trump has signaled via Twitter that his administration is...

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Despite consumer worries, the future of aviation will be more automated

  • Written by Stephen Rice, Associate Professor of Human Factors, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Human pilots, surrounded by automation.Sorbis/Shutterstock.com

In the wake of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes of Boeing 737 Max planes, people are thinking about how much of their air travel is handled by software and automated systems – as opposed to the friendly pilots sitting in the cockpit.

Older commercial airliners, such as...

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How Trump and Barr could stretch claims of executive privilege and grand jury secrecy

  • Written by Charles Tiefer, Professor of law, University of Baltimore
Attorney General William P. Barr, appointed by Donald Trump, has provided Congress with only a summary of Mueller's report.AP Photo/Alex Brandon/Jose Luis Magana

Attorney General William Barr’s letter to Congress, delivered Sunday, purports to brief lawmakers about the Mueller report.

What it really does is set the stage for a battle royale...

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Does Monsanto's Roundup cause cancer? The law says yes, the science says maybe

  • Written by Richard G. "Bugs" Stevens, Professor, School of Medicine, University of Connecticut
Law and science seek proof in similar ways, but at very different speedsChinnapong/Shutterstock

A federal jury in California has unanimously decided that the weedkiller Roundup was a “substantial factor” in causing the lymphoma of 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman, who had used Roundup on his property for many years. This is the second such...

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Cars are regulated for safety – why not information technology?

  • Written by Moshe Y. Vardi, Professor of Computer Science, Rice University
Modern cars are safer than this – but not because auto companies got more ethical.Richard Thornton/Shutterstock.com

As the computing industry grapples with its role in society, many people, both in the field and outside it, are talking about a crisis of ethics.

There is a massive rush to hire chief ethics officers, retool codes of...

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What President Trump's executive order on campus free speech is really meant to do

  • Written by Brendan Cantwell, Associate Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University
President Donald Trump holds up an executive order requiring colleges to certify that their policies support free speech as a condition of receiving federal research grants.Jacquelyn Martin/AP

The much anticipated executive order that President Donald Trump issued March 21 to protect free speech on campus is about politics, not policy.

The proof is...

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