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How subversive artists made thrift shopping cool

  • Written by Jennifer Le Zotte, Assistant Professor of Material Culture and History, University of North Carolina Wilmington
imageCustomers shop during at the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Out of the Closet thrift store in Columbus, Ohio.Jay LaPrete/AP

National Thrift Shop Day (August 17) exists alongside other quirky holidays like Play Your Ukulele Day (February 2) and Rice Crispy Treat Day (September 18). Though intended as a lighthearted celebration of an acceptable...

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Disarming North Korea means making concessions

  • Written by Jeffrey Fields, Associate Professor of the Practice of International Relations, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Dealing with North Korea’s ambitions for nuclear weapons has vexed the past four U.S. presidents.

Since North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in 2003, it has detonated nuclear explosive devices five times and made steady progress on its ballistic missile program. In late July, Pyongyang tested an intercontinental...

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How a British royal's monumental errors made India's partition more painful

  • Written by Adil Najam, Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University
imageLord Louis Mountbatten, viceroy of India, met with Indian leaders to discuss partition.Max Desfors/AP

The midnight between August 14 and 15, 1947, was one of history’s truly momentous moments: It marked the birth of Pakistan, an independent India and the beginning of the end of an era of colonialism.

It was hardly a joyous moment: A botched...

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Are you lonesome tonight? Why we, like Elvis, turn to food for comfort

  • Written by Melissa Wdowik, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University
imageElvis Presley pictured on a Forever stamp in 2015. Oldrich/

August 16 is known to many Elvis Presley fans as the anniversary of his untimely death at the age of 42 in 1977. It is also the perfect occasion, for many, to honor him by indulging in his favorite foods, including fried banana and peanut butter sandwiches (with or without...

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Tracing the sources of today's Russian cyberthreat

  • Written by Dorothy Denning, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School
imageWho's inside the hoodie?BeeBright/

Beyond carrying all of our phone, text and internet communications, cyberspace is an active battleground, with cybercriminals, government agents and even military personnel probing weaknesses in corporate, national and even personal online defenses. Some of the most talented and dangerous...

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How parents can help their freshman teens cope with stress

  • Written by Chris Palmer, Professor of Film and Media Arts, American University School of Communication
imageStarting a new school can be stressful. But as a parent, you can help.Kamira/

Entering high school can be an exciting experience, but for some teenagers it can also be scary, intimidating and confusing.

According to one study, approximately half of all high school students feel a great deal of stress on a daily basis. As author and...

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Trump's threat to withdraw from NAFTA may hit a hurdle: The US Constitution

  • Written by Tim Meyer, Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University
imageThe Constitution may burst Trump's threat to withdraw from NAFTA. AP Photo/Mel Evans

On Aug. 16, representatives of the U.S., Canada and Mexico formally begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), an accord that has governed matters of trade and security on the continent for 23 years.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly...

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Bait and switch: Anchovies eat plastic because it smells like prey

  • Written by Matthew Savoca, Postdoctoral fellow, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
imagePlastic trash on San Francisco's Ocean Beach.Kevin Krejci, CC BY-SA

As you bite down into a delicious piece of fish, you probably don’t think about what the fish itself ate – but perhaps you should. Over 50 species of fish have been found to consume plastic trash at sea. This is bad news, not only for fish but potentially for humans who...

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Does biology explain why men outnumber women in tech?

  • Written by Alice H. Eagly, Professor of Psychology; Faculty Fellow Institute for Policy Research; Professor of Management and Organizations, Northwestern University
imageWho's missing from this picture?Lawrence Sinclair, CC BY-NC-ND

It’s no secret that Silicon Valley employs many more men than womenin tech jobs. What’s much harder to agree on is why.

The recent anti-diversity memo by a now former Google engineer has pushed this topic into the spotlight. The writer argued there are ways to explain the...

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Lest we forget: Children are watching this racism, violence and our reactions

  • Written by Nia Heard-Garris, Instructor, Division of Academic General Pediatrics, Mary Ann & J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research Program; Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago; Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg Sch
imageCara McClure of Birmingham, Alabama cries Sunday in Charlottesville, Virginia at a solidarity meeting.AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

I find myself in this place again. I am numb. I feel empty. I almost have no words.

The saddest part about this? I wrote these exact words little more than a year ago.

And now, here I am again, feeling the same feelings I...

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