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Misreading the story of climate change and the Maya

  • Written by Kenneth Seligson, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Stucco frieze from Placeres, Campeche, Mexico, Early Classic period, c. 250-600 AD.Wolfgang Sauber/Wikimedia, CC BY-SA

Carbon dioxide concentrations in Earth’s atmosphere have reached 415 parts per million – a level that last occurred more than three million years ago, long before the evolution of humans. This news adds to growing...

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How millennials are affecting the price of your home

  • Written by Jimmie Lenz, Clinical Assistant Professor of Finance, University of South Carolina
Millennials are less likely to own a home than previous generations were at the same age.Andy Dean Photography/shutterstock.com

It used to be that everyone wanted to buy a home, seeking pleasure and security, as well as the potential for future wealth.

But younger Americans are buying homes far less often than their elders’ generations did,...

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What your ability to engage with stories says about your real-life relationships

  • Written by Nathan Silver, PhD Student in Communication, The Ohio State University
Some have any easier time than others connecting with fictional worlds and characters.zhuda/Shutterstock.com

The best TV shows and films don’t simply distract from the drudgery of everyday life. They’re places to vicariously get to know different people, and learn from their relationships and experiences.

Media scholars like ourselves...

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There is more than one religious view on abortion - here's what Jewish texts say

  • Written by Rachel Mikva, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies, Chicago Theological Seminary
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey discusses a bill that would virtually outlaw abortion in the state.AP Photo/Blake Paterson

Alabama’s governor signed a bill this week that criminalizes nearly all abortions, threatening providers with a felony conviction and up to 99 years in prison.

It is one of numerous efforts across the United States to restrict...

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New autism research on single neurons suggests signaling problems in brain circuits

  • Written by Dmitry Velmeshev, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, San Francisco
Artist impression of neurons communicating in the brain. whitehoune/Shutterstock.com

Autism affects at least 2% of children in the United States – an estimated 1 in 59. This is challenging for both the patients and their parents or caregivers. What’s worse is that today there is no medical treatment for autism. That is in large part...

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States – not just Congress – should unlock student financial aid for people in prison

  • Written by Bradley D. Custer, Ph.D. Candidate, Michigan State University
Many states prohibit people from receiving state financial aid for college in prison.Mike Dotta from www.shutterstock.com

When it comes to higher education in prison, much of the media and advocacy focus is on trying to get Congress to lift a longstanding ban on giving Pell Grants to people serving time.

While a bipartisan effort to restore Pell...

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What's behind the belief in a soulmate?

  • Written by Bradley Onishi, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Skidmore College
Many people believe in the idea of a soulmate - one person who will make us whole and happy.fizkes

The United States appears to be in a romantic slump. Marriage rates have plummeted over the last decade. And compared to previous generations, young single people today are perhaps spending more time on social media than actual dating. They are also...

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Hydropower dams can harm coastal areas far downstream

  • Written by Paula Ezcurra, Digital Communications Specialist, Gulf of California Marine Program, University of California San Diego
The San Pedro Mezquital River is the last free-flowing river in Mexico's western Sierra Madre.Octavio Aburto, CC BY-ND

Thousands of hydroelectric dams are under construction around the world, mainly in developing countries. These enormous structures are one of the world’s largest sources of renewable energy, but they also cause environmental...

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The US could have ended up with a British-style health care system: Here is why it didn’t

  • Written by Simon F. Haeder, Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University

The role of government in the U.S. health care system has been contentious long before the recent emergence of Medicare-For-All proposals among Democratic presidential candidates. Advocates of so-called free-market health care have long described government intervention as “un-American” and “socialist.” Their arguments can...

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Viruses to stop cholera infections – the viral enemy of deadly bacteria could be humanity's friend

  • Written by Andrew Camilli, Professor of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University
Viruses attack and infect a bacterium.Design_Cells/Shutterstock.com

In the latest of a string of high-profile cases in the U.S., a cocktail of bacteria-killing viruses successfully treated a cystic fibrosis patient suffering from a deadly infection caused by a pathogen that was resistant to multiple forms of antibiotics.

Curing infections is...

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  7. The Brown v. Board of Education case didn't start how you think it did
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  11. Doris Day was a sunny actress and a domestic violence survivor; are there lessons?
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  18. New Gates-funded commission aims to put a value on a college education
  19. US fertility keeps dropping – but that's not a reason to panic
  20. Is Trump’s trade war saving American jobs – or killing them?
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  22. Secrecy versus sunshine: Efforts to hide government records never stop
  23. Retired oil rigs off the California coast could find new lives as artificial reefs
  24. We’re just beginning to grasp the toll of the Islamic State's archaeological looting in Syria
  25. Buttigieg's call for universal public service would mark a big departure from historically small volunteer programs
  26. Facebook's 'transparency' efforts hide key reasons for showing ads
  27. How traumatic injury has become a health care crisis
  28. Tooth fairy study reveals children near lead smelters are exposed to dangerous lead in the womb
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  30. Sunscreen wouldn't have saved Bob Marley from melanoma, and it won't help other dark-skinned people
  31. Is the brain parasite _Toxoplasma_ manipulating your behavior, or is your immune system to blame?
  32. Long considered a high honor, the valedictorian tradition faces an uncertain future
  33. The electric vehicle revolution will come from China, not the US
  34. How is climate change affecting fishes? There are clues inside their ears
  35. Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize? Japan's nomination is part of a strategic plan
  36. When Americans go to the polls, they look to the past – not the future
  37. China-US trade war heats up: 3 reasons it won't cool down anytime soon
  38. Charging asylum application fees is the latest way the US could make immigrants pay for its red tape
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  40. Demise of Walmart 'greeters' reveals shortcomings in the Americans with Disabilities Act
  41. Are yoga and mindfulness in schools religious?
  42. The unique harm of sexual abuse in the black community
  43. How cryptocurrency scams work
  44. Truth, justice and declassification: Secret archives show US helped Argentine military wage 'dirty war' that killed 30,000
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  47. Activists want a San Francisco high school mural removed, saying its impact today should overshadow the artist's intentions
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