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Phage therapy to prevent cholera infections – and possibly those caused by other deadly bacteria

  • 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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Political cartoonists are out of touch – it's time to make way for memes

  • Written by Jennifer Grygiel, Assistant Professor of Communications (Social Media) & Magazine, News and Digital Journalism, Syracuse University
Not everyone possesses the skills to draw a cartoon, but pretty much anyone can make a meme.Nick Lehr/The Conversation

The New York Times came under fire after a political cartoon appeared in print on April 25, 2019. In it, a blind President Donald Trump, wearing sunglasses and a yarmulke, leads, with a leash, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

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Why letting the IRS decide the future of news is a bad idea

  • Written by Magda Konieczna, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Temple University
Throngs of Santa Barbara News-Press readers, rallying in 2006AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant

After nearly 150 years in business – as a business – The Salt Lake Tribune wants to become a nonprofit.

But first its owner must get approval from the Internal Revenue Service. The federal agency in charge of collecting taxes also gets to say which...

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Why Congress needs to empower the IRS to give nonprofit newspapers a green light

  • Written by Magda Konieczna, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Temple University
Throngs of Santa Barbara News-Press readers, rallying in 2006AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant

After nearly 150 years in business – as a business – The Salt Lake Tribune wants to become a nonprofit.

But first its owner is seeking approval from the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status. The federal agency in charge of collecting taxes...

Read more: Why Congress needs to empower the IRS to give nonprofit newspapers a green light

Why is the Pentagon interested in UFOs?

  • Written by Iain Boyd, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
An apparently unidentified object detected on a Navy plane's infrared camera.U.S. Department of Defense/Navy Times

U.S. Navy pilots and sailors won’t be considered crazy for reporting unidentified flying objects, under new rules meant to encourage them to keep track of what they see. Yet just a few years ago, the Pentagon reportedly shut down...

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'The Big Bang Theory' finale: Sheldon and Amy's fictional physics parallels real science

  • Written by Adilson Motter, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University
The cast made it through 279 episodes.CBS

After 12 successful seasons, “The Big Bang Theory” has finally come to a fulfilling end, concluding its reign as the longest runningmulticamera sitcom on TV.

If you’re one of the few who haven’t seen the show, this CBS series centers around a group of young scientists defined by...

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The Brown v. Board of Education case didn't start how you think it did

  • Written by Charise Cheney, Associate Professsor of Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon
Thurgood Marshall outside the Supreme Court in Washington in 1958. Marshall, the head of the NAACP's legal arm who argued part of the case, went on to become the Supreme Court's first African-American justice.AP

As the nation celebrates the 65th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, the case is often recalled as one that...

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Congress is considering privacy legislation – be afraid

  • Written by Jeff Sovern, Professor of Law, St. John's University

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called privacy the “right to be let alone.” Perhaps Congress should give states trying to protect consumer data the same right.

For years, a gridlocked Congress ignored privacy, apart from occasionally scolding companies such as Equifax and Marriott after their major data breaches. In its absence,...

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Populist alliances of 'cowboys and Indians' are protecting rural lands

  • Written by Zoltan Grossman, Professor of Geography and Native Studies, Evergreen State College
A diverse coalition is resisting pipelines and other big projects.AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

The sea of red on recent election maps make it look like rural areas are uniformly populated by Republicans. And conventional wisdom suggests that those Americans are largely conservative populists who question many government regulations and do not...

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