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Surprising volunteers with awards is one way to keep them on board

  • Written by Marlene Walk, Assistant Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUPUI
Cub Scouts outings aren't possible without dedicated volunteers.Karin Hildebrand Lau/Shutterstock.com

The United States has a long tradition of volunteering. Back in 1737, for instance, Benjamin Franklin co-founded the nation’s first volunteer fire brigade in Philadelphia.

And this custom is still going strong. About 77.4 million Americans...

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We use satellites to measure water scarcity

  • Written by Emad Hasan, Postdoctoral Researcher in Geography, Binghamton University, State University of New York
Visualization of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite in space over a tropical cyclone.NASA

Today, more than 700 million people around the world drink water from unsafe or untreated sources, such as wells, springs and surface water.

About half of these people live in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, in more than 30 African countries,...

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Want better sleep? Try a warm bath or shower 1-2 hours before bedtime, study suggests

  • Written by Shahab Haghayegh, Doctoral candidate, biomedical engineering, University of Texas at Austin
There's a biological reason why a warm bath before bedtime can improve sleep quality.iordani/Shutterstock.com

Do you struggle trying to fall asleep? Do you feel you don’t get enough sleep and you feel sleepy during the day? You are not alone. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has found that one in three American adults have symptoms of...

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New laws give victims more time to report rape or sexual assault – even Jeffrey Epstein's

  • Written by Jane E. Palmer, Professorial Lecturer, Department of Justice, Law & Criminology, American University School of Public Affairs

The #MeToo movement seems to be having a positive effect on sexual assault and rape victims’ willingness to report the crimes against them.

In 2017, 40.4% of victims of rape or sexual assault in the U.S. reported the crime to police, up from 23.2% in 2016.

New laws being passed around the country may increase these numbers even more by giving...

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Saving endangered species: 5 essential reads

  • Written by Jennifer Weeks, Environment + Energy Editor, The Conversation
Steller sea lions in the eastern Pacific are an Endangered Species Act success story.David B. Ledig/USFWS, CC BY

The Trump administration has announced rule changes that alter how it will enforce the 1973 Endangered Species Act, which protects threatened and endangered species and their habitats. Among these changes, officials can now consider...

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Restoring soil can help address climate change

  • Written by David R. Montgomery, Professor of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington
No-till farming conserves soil by greatly reducing erosion.USDA NRCS South Dakota/Eric Barsness, CC BY-SA

It’s time to take soil seriously. As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states with very high confidence in its latest report, land degradation represents “one of the biggest and most urgent challenges” that...

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Guatemala's next president has few plans for fixing rampant corruption, crime and injustice

  • Written by Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings
Alejandro Giammattei is a former prison official whose tenure was tainted by the 2006 mass killing of seven prisoners. He was accused but never indicted on conspiracy charges in those deaths.AP Photo/ Santiago Billy

Guatemala’s next leader will be Alejandro Giammattei, a right-wing former national prison director.

With 58% of votes,...

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I'm one of hundreds of archaeologists exiled from Syria who's mourning what the war is costing us

  • Written by Lubna Omar, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Binghamton University, State University of New York

I used to be a Near Eastern archaeologist working in Syria. Nowadays, I am stuck in academic purgatory, observing from a great distance as the country burns, unable to help protect its history or its present.

Syria sits within what’s known as the cradle of civilization. It’s part of the area archaeologists call the Fertile Crescent that...

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A neuroscience-based action plan to deal with stress after El Paso and Dayton shootings

  • Written by Laurel Mellin, Associate Clinical Professor of Family & Community Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco
The tragedies in El Paso and Dayton bring sadness, grief and stress to many people. Ash T Productions/Shutterstock.com

After the mass murders in El Paso and Dayton, discussions about improving mental health and strengthening gun control laws may be comforting.

Neither affords a plan, however, to address the stress that comes with these events to the...

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Making money off of politics isn't new – it was business as usual in the Gilded Age

  • Written by Jeff Broxmeyer, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Toledo
The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., whose profits go to the president and his family business.AP/Alex Brandon

When the political leader “Boss” Tweed was arrested in New York on corruption charges in the fall of 1871, among his many assets was a luxury hotel.

Located up the road from City Hall, the Metropolitan was a...

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