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Does the First Amendment protect religious freedom laws?

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The Boss is boycotting North Carolina.

Bruce Springsteen canceled a planned April 10 show in Greensboro to show solidarity with those protesting the passage of HB2, which bars local governments from protecting LGBT individuals against discrimination.

Bryan Adams is refusing to play in Mississippi. Adams is protesting that state’s recently...

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U.S. companies may need to beef up data privacy – but only for Europeans

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imageCan the EU and the U.S. work together on data privacy?Gears image via shutterstock.com

Though the recent Apple versus FBI case garnered greater media attention, a privacy discussion with more economic significance – to the tune of US$260 billion – is moving toward fruition with less public attention: the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield.

To...

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The sharing economy comes to scientific research

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My husband is a brilliant man with a deep love for home improvement shows. I could do that! he says. I just need a fancy saw, some tool, this other thing, wood and a plan. Sometimes these projects turn out great, but as often, we find we wasted money on equipment we can’t properly use, a plan we can’t follow and a project abandoned...

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TV-watching couch potatoes have outsized energy footprint

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imageWhen it comes to TV use energy, calling one household 'average' can be misleading. Evert F. Baumgardner - National Archives and Records Administration.

It is alluringly easy to use averages, but when most of a group is far from average, they can lead us astray. This is no less true in the area of energy consumption.

Consider for example the...

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Has Haiti's cholera epidemic become a permanent problem?

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On January 12, 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing thousands of people and displacing millions more.

Ten months later the country was stricken with an outbreak of cholera, a deadly diarrheal disease. Though the number of cholera cases has decreased from a peak of approximately 25,000 cases per month, it is likely that thousands of...

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For female architects, the loss of Zaha Hadid is personal

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As a luminary in the world of architecture, Zaha Hadid, who died on March 31, was a celebrity whose name, face and buildings are known by millions.

But the grief felt by women architects is on a different, intimate scale. With Hadid’s passing, we have lost a role model in a field that has few others.

That is not to say that there are not a...

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Will the health dangers of climate change get people to care? The science says: maybe

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Climate change is a major public health threat, already making existing problems like asthma, exposure to extreme heat, food poisoning, and infectious disease more severe, and posing new risks from climate change-related disasters, including death or injury.

Those were the alarming conclusions of a new scientific assessment report released by the...

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