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Should you apply to a college that has had a recent scandal?

  • Written by Jonathan Smith, Assistant Professor of Economics, Georgia State University
Most of the nation's top schools experience a major scandal that causes applications to fall, new research shows.EQRoy from www.shutterstock.com

When a scandal lands a college at the center of media attention, students and families are often repulsed – quite literally.

That’s what we discovered when we examined admissions data at dozens...

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One year after Nicaraguan uprising, Ortega is back in control

  • Written by Benjamin Waddell, Associate Professor of Sociology, Fort Lewis College

One year ago, Nicaragua’s government was on the verge of collapse.

Protests against President Daniel Ortega exploded nationwide on April 19, 2018 after the government quietly passed a tax on retirees’ pension checks. Demonstrators barricaded highways and main roads, paralyzing Nicaragua’s economy.

By May 2018, 70% of Nicaraguans wan...

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Abraham Lincoln, Joe Biden and the politics of touch

  • Written by Mark M. Smith, Carolina Distinguished Professor of History, University of South Carolina
President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and Vice President Joseph Biden in 2019.Library of Congress, photo Alexander Gardner; AP/Nati Harnik

Amidst the furor over former Vice President Biden’s handsy habits – and with examples of inappropriate touching by current and former U.S. presidents still lingering – it might be a good time to...

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Why Pete Buttigieg may be reviving progressive ideals of the Social Gospel Movement

  • Written by David Mislin, Assistant Professor of Intellectual Heritage, Temple University
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announces that he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination.AP Photo/Darron Cummings

In recent weeks, Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has captured wide media attention.

One reason is that Buttigieg is the first openly gay presidential candidate. Another is that he has been unguarded in speaking...

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Russia isn't the first country to protest Western control over global telecommunications

  • Written by Sarah Nelson, Ph.D. Candidate in History and Comparative Media Analysis and Practice, Vanderbilt University
Why might a country want to cut off its internet connection?KonstantinZhuravlev/Shutterstock.com

As the international community becomes increasingly concerned about misinformation and data breaches, the Russian government has announced plans to test its own, sweeping solution to the problem: disconnecting Russiafrom the global internet.

Russian...

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Sea creatures store carbon in the ocean – could protecting them help slow climate change?

  • Written by Heidi Pearson, Associate Professor of Marine Biology, University of Alaska Southeast
A sperm whale goes down for a dive off Kaikoura, New Zealand. Heidi Pearson, CC BY-ND

As the prospect of catastrophic effects from climate change becomes increasingly likely, a search is on for innovative ways to reduce the risks. One potentially powerful and low-cost strategy is to recognize and protect natural carbon sinks – places and...

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The new digital divide is between people who opt out of algorithms and people who don't

  • Written by Anjana Susarla, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Michigan State University
Do you know what happens when you share your data?mtkang/shutterstock.com

Every aspect of life can be guided by artificial intelligence algorithms – from choosing what route to take for your morning commute, to deciding whom to take on a date, to complex legal and judicial matters such as predictive policing.

Big tech companies like Google...

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A political stalemate over Puerto Rican aid is leaving all US disaster funding in limbo

  • Written by Lauren Lluveras, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis, University of Texas at Austin
Three-year-old Ailianie Hernandez waits with her mother, Julianna Ageljo, to apply for Puerto Rico's nutritional assistance program.(AP Photo/Carlos Giusti

Senate Democrats recently blocked US$13.5 billion in relief for Americans whose lives were disrupted by hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, flooding and other natural disasters. The objections had...

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In Notre Dame fire, echoes of the 1837 blaze that destroyed Russia's Winter Palace

  • Written by Paul W. Werth, Professor of History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
On a cold December night, the symbol of Russia's imperial prowess went up in flames.Wikimedia Commons

In a city graced with remarkable architecture, the cathedral of Notre Dame may be Paris’ most striking edifice. So when it was engulfed by a fire that toppled its spire, it seemed as if more than a building had been scorched; the nation had...

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The dirt on soil loss from the Midwest floods

  • Written by Jim Ippolito, Associate Professor of Environmental Soil Quality/Health, Colorado State University
A John Deere tractor makes its way through floodwaters in Fargo, North Dakota.AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

As devastating images of the 2019 Midwest floods fade from view, an insidious and longer-term problem is emerging across its vast plains: The loss of topsoil that much of the nation’s food supply relies on.

Today, Midwest farmers are facing...

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