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To end the HIV epidemic, addressing poverty and inequities one of most important treatments

  • Written by Maria De Jesus, Associate Professor, American University and Research Fellow at Center on Health, Risk, and Society, American University School of International Service
Homelessness is a major driver of HIV/AIDS.Andrew Marcus/Shutterstock.com

In his State of the Union speech, President Trump called for ending the HIV epidemic in the United States within 10 years. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and senior public health officials stated that the government plans to focus on highly impacted areas and...

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A secure relationship with passwords means not being attached to how you pick them

  • Written by Merrill Warkentin, James J. Rouse Endowed Professor of Information Systems, Mississippi State University
Many people don't want to let go of how they create passwords.Tono Balaguer/Shutterstock.com

When you are asked to create a password – either for a new online account or resetting login information for an existing account – you’re likely to choose a password you know you can remember. Many people use extremely basic passwords, or...

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This trait could be key to a lasting romance

  • Written by Toni Antonucci, Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
'I'm not perfect – and I know you aren't, either.'Pixabay

Passion and commitment are widely believed to be the foundation of strong romantic relationships.

But a relationship is made of two unique individuals, and personality traits these individuals possess or lack can often make a relationship more likely to endure.

In a recentstudy, we...

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Who’s stronger? An immunological battle of the sexes

  • Written by Adam Moeser, Matilda R. Wilson Endowed Chair, Associate Professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University
Who has a stronger immune system?Undrey/Shutterstock.com

Is there anything more exciting than a battle of the sexes? In popular culture, this usually focuses on societal gender roles. But, there’s another battle of the sexes, a biological war waged by the body’s immune system. Can this conflict finally tell us who is stronger –...

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Think you love your Valentine? What's beneath the surface may be more complicated

  • Written by Vivian Zayas, Associate Professor of Psychology, Cornell University
Real love has more nuance than a candy heart's message.Laura Ockel/Unsplash, CC BY

Valentine cards are filled with expressions of unequivocal adoration and appreciation. That’s fitting for the holiday set aside to express love and reaffirm commitment to one’s romantic partner.

But what if there’s more going on below the surface of...

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Parkland shooting: One year later, Congress still avoids action on gun control

  • Written by Harry L. Wilson, Professor of Public Affairs, Roanoke College
The "March for Our Lives" rally in support of gun control on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC.AP/Alex Brandon

One year after the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Florida and a handful of states have passed stricter gun laws, but little has changed with the federal government’s firearms policy.

Polls conducted...

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Is love losing its soul in the digital age?

  • Written by Firmin DeBrabander, Professor of Philosophy, Maryland Institute College of Art
A young couple posing for an Instagram photo.Roman Samborskyi/Shutterstock.com

Instagram users have taken to issuing “weekiversary posts,” where they diligently mark the duration of their romances. An article in The New York Times explained how weekiversary posts have the unintended – or very much intended – consequence of...

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Why Trump failed to convince North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, and how he can do better at the next summit

  • Written by Stephen Collins, Professor of Political Science, Kennesaw State University
Donald Trump meets with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, 2018.AP Photo/Evan Vucci

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet in Vietnam in late February for a second summit, with the goal of ending a nuclear standoff between the two countries.

After the first meeting between the two leaders in Singapore in the summer of 2018,...

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Satellites reveal a new view of Earth’s water from space

  • Written by Tamlin M. Pavelsky, Associate Professor of Global Hydrology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Zambezi river delta, snapped by Landsat 8 in March 2018.NASA

In 1889, near the remote border town of Embudo, New Mexico, John Wesley Powell, the famous explorer of the Grand Canyon and second head of the U.S. Geological Survey, started a quiet scientific revolution.

He knew that water would be increasingly important to the American West, but no one...

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Why the pope's upcoming summit needs to do a full accounting of the cover-up of sexual abuse

  • Written by Timothy D. Lytton, Distinguished University Professor & Professor of Law, Georgia State University
Pope Francis sits during the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia at the Vatican in December 2018. Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP

Pope Francis is gathering 200 bishops and heads of religious orders from around the world for a global summit in Rome to discuss the crisis facing the Catholic Church over sexual abuse scandals.

The meeting...

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