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What can drones do to protect civilians in armed conflict?

  • Written by Michael Yekple, Ph.D. Candidate in Security Studies, University of Central Florida
U.N. technicians prepare an unarmed drone for flight over the Democratic Republic of Congo.MONUSCO/Sylvain Liechti/Flickr, CC BY-SA

Drones are usually in the news for bad reasons, like controversial killings of suspected terrorists in the Middle East, bombings of Saudi oil facilities or an assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro...

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Fat-shaming pregnant women isn't just mean, it's harmful

  • Written by Angela Rodriguez, Assistant professor of Psychology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Criticizing pregnant women about their weight can be bad for them and their babies.kzenan/Shutterstock.com

December is considered the most fertile month, a time when there’s the greatest likelihood that children will be conceived. Some experts even pinpoint Dec. 11 as the most fertile day.

But in the lead up to giving birth and in the time...

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Millions of burnt trees and rusted cars: Post-disaster cleanup is expensive, time-consuming and wasteful

  • Written by Sybil Derrible, Associate Professor of Sustainable Infrastructure Systems, University of Illinois at Chicago
Debris left behind after a tornado strike on Jefferson City, Missouri, May 23, 2019.AP Photo/Summer Ballentine

The most destructive and costliest wildfire in California’s history, the Camp Fire, killed 85 people and destroyed nearly 19,000 structures in November 2018. A year later, crews were still collecting and carrying away piles of wood,...

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Taliban negotiations resume, feeding hope of a peaceful, more prosperous Afghanistan

  • Written by Elizabeth B. Hessami, Faculty Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University
A market in the Old City of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 8, 2019. AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi

Peace talks have resumed between the United States and the Taliban of Afghanistan, three months after negotiations ended abruptly following a deadly Taliban attackin Kabul.

The Taliban – an armed insurgency promoting an ultra-conservative form of Sunni...

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Super rats or sickly rodents? Our war against urban rats could be leading to swift evolutionary changes

  • Written by Jonathan Richardson, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Richmond
Cities around the world appear to be harboring increasing numbers of rats, including this one: the inflatable 'Scabby the Rat.'robert cicchetti/Shutterstock.com

It took only a few seconds to spot one. Then another. As I walked into the small park around noon, dozens of rats could be seen scurrying in every direction. They dashed in and out of...

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How the 'extreme abstinence' of the purity movement created a sense of shame in evangelical women

  • Written by Julie Ingersoll, Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Florida
Purity culture promotes sexual abstinence before marriage.charlene trapp/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

Millennial evangelicals are speaking out about the heightened emphasis on sexual purity that characterized their upbringing in that subculture.

Joshua Harris, a former pastor who became one of the most public faces of the purity culture movement in the...

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In its anti-'Medicare for All' push, the health insurance industry pulls from an old playbook

  • Written by Burton St. John III, Professor of Public Relations, University of Colorado Boulder
If you're strangled by health care costs, are you really 'free'?jwblinn/Shutterstock.com

As a debate continues to rage within the Democratic Party over “Medicare for All,” the health insurance has quietly girded itself to fight the elimination of for-profit health care.

In the summer of 2018, trade groups representing hospitals,...

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A brief guide to how the China-US trade war will affect your holiday shopping

  • Written by Charles Hankla, Associate Professor of Political Science, Georgia State University
Some gifts may soon get more expensive. imtmphoto/Shutterstock.com

With more tariffs on Chinese imports set to take effect this month, holiday shoppers in the U.S. face a dilemma: buy the Apple iPhone 11 or Hasbro toy action figures now or risk facing higher prices later.

On Dec. 15, in the middle of the holiday shopping season, the Trump...

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What the Roman senate's grovelling before emperors explains about GOP senators' support for Trump

  • Written by Timothy Joseph, Associate Professor of Classics, College of the Holy Cross
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaks to the media with members of the Senate Republican leadership, Oct. 29, 2019. AP/Jacquelyn Martin

Unhinged leaders, dynastic intrigue, devastation and plunder: For 15 years I have been researching and teaching the ancient historian Tacitus’ works on the history of the Roman Empire. It...

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New studies show discrimination widely reported by women, people of color and LGBTQ adults

  • Written by Mary G. Findling, Research Associate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
U.S. public opinion is divided over who faces discrimination.fizkes/Shutterstock.com

In recent years, U.S. public opinion has been divided about the existence and seriousness of racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination.

Amid growing racial divides in civil and political views, our research team at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public...

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  7. Courts have avoided refereeing between Congress and the president, but Trump may force them to wade in
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  11. American influence could take the hit as Putin, Zelenskiy try to make peace in Donbass
  12. Large-scale education tests often come with side effects
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  17. Turning gray and into the red: The true cost of growing old in America
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  19. 'Stop-and-frisk' can work, under careful supervision
  20. An ethicist explains why philanthropy is no license to do bad stuff
  21. India's plan to identify 'illegal immigrants' could get some Muslims declared 'foreign'
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  24. How toys became gendered – and why it’ll take more than a gender-neutral doll to change how boys perceive femininity
  25. What's in a title? When it comes to 'Doctor,' more than you might think
  26. The company that makes OxyContin could become a 'public trust' – what would that mean?
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  29. Inequity takes a toll on your gut microbes, too
  30. Robotics researchers have a duty to prevent autonomous weapons
  31. 'Blue' space: Access to water features can boost city dwellers' mental health
  32. 'The Mandela Effect' is the perfect film for our age of distrust and doubt
  33. Why Americans are staying put, instead of moving to a new city or state
  34. Currency manipulation and why Trump is picking on Brazil and Argentina
  35. At 70, is NATO still important? 5 essential reads
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  37. Faith made Harriet Tubman fearless as she rescued slaves
  38. A quantum computing future is unlikely, due to random hardware errors
  39. Haitian migrants face deportation and stigma in hurricane-ravaged Bahamas
  40. The tricky ethics of Google's Project Nightingale, an effort to learn from millions of health records
  41. Invasive grasses are fueling wildfires across the US
  42. Pregnant women have a higher risk of delivering early on unseasonably hot days
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