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Guatemala in crisis after president bans corruption investigation into his government

  • Written by Rachel E. Bowen, Associate Professor of Political Science, The Ohio State University
Guatemalans overwhelmingly support the United Nations-backed corruption investigation known as CICIG. President Jimmy Morales is trying to ban prosecutors from the country.AP Photo/Moises Castillo

For months, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has been trying to stop a United Nations-backed anti-corruption investigation into his government.

Morales,...

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The shutdown will harm the health and safety of Americans, even after it's long over

  • Written by Morten Wendelbo, Research Fellow, American University

With the U.S. federal government shutdown now the longest in history, it’s important to understand what a shutdown means for the health and safety of Americans.

The good news is that in the short run, the consequences are relatively few. But, as a researcher who studies natural disaster planning, I believe that Americans should be worried...

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How to train the body's own cells to combat antibiotic resistance

  • Written by Zahidul Alam, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
Antibiotic-resistant germs can thrive in the presence of these drugs.Lightspring/Shutterstock.com

Drug-resistant superbugs have threatened human health for decades. The situation is getting worse because of the shortage of new antibiotics. But what if we changed the way we aim to treat them, and trained our cells to kill these invaders instead of...

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To preserve US national parks in a warming world, reconnect fragmented public lands

  • Written by Stephen Nash, Visiting Senior Research Scholar, University of Richmond
Rising temperatures and more frequent wildfires in Alaskan national parks could affect caribou's habitat and winter food sources.Zak Richter/NPS

The Trump administration’s decision to keep many U.S. national parks open during the current federal government shutdown, with few or no staff, spotlights how popular and how vulnerable these unique...

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Why privatizing the VA or other essential health services is a bad idea

  • Written by Sebastian Jilke, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University Newark

The Trump administration wants to shift billions of dollars from government-run veterans’ hospitals to private health care providers. That’s true even though earlier this year the administration vehemently denied it would privatize any part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The privatization of essential government services is...

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3 reasons to pay attention to the LA teacher strike

  • Written by Erin McHenry-Sorber, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, West Virginia University
Los Angeles teachers are striking after contract negotiations failed in the nation's second-largest school district.Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

The first mass teacher labor action of 2019 is unfolding in California as the United Teachers Los Angeles walked out for the first time in 30 years.

This strike, which began on Jan. 14, isn’t just important to...

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The Prohibition-era origins of the modern craft cocktail movement

  • Written by Jeffrey Miller, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Hospitality Management, Colorado State University
By the end of Prohibition, distilled spirits made up more than 75 percent of alcohol sales.Lando Aviles/Shutterstock.com

With America in the middle of a flourishing craft beer and craft spirits movement, it’s easy to forget that Prohibition was once the law of the land.

One hundred years ago, on Jan. 16, 1919, Nebraska became the 36th of the...

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Memories of eating influence your next meal – new research pinpoints brain cells involved

  • Written by Marise Parent, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Associate Director of the Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University
What you had before sways what you eat next time – but only if you remember.MaxSokolov/Shutterstock.com

Of course you know that eating is vital to your survival, but have you ever thought about how your brain controls how much you eat, when you eat and what you eat?

This is not a trivial question, because two-thirds of Americans are either...

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Change your phone settings so Apple, Google can't track your movements

  • Written by Jen King, Director of Consumer Privacy, Center for Internet and Society, Stanford University
Your phone tracks your movements all the time.grapestock/Shutterstock.com

Technology companies have been pummeled by revelations about how poorly they protect their customers’ personal information, including an in-depth New York Times report detailing the ability of smartphone apps to track users’ locations. Some companies, most notably...

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