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How texting helped fuel the anti-austerity protests roiling Europe

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imageProtestors took to the streets in Brussels to send a message. EPA

Protests against austerity continue to roil parts of Europe, most recently in Brussels earlier this month when 100,000 people took to the streets and police deployed water cannons.

This type of public and occasionally violent demonstration has been taking place across Europe since...

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In the fight against anemia, iron fortification is a clutch player

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imageTake your spinach, Popeye. Fortified flour can deliver more of the iron we need.Jason Lee/Reuters

If nutrition had a World Series, iron would never make the playoffs. Vitamin A scores home runs for preventing childhood blindness. Folic acid knocks it out of the park by preventing devastating birth defects. Iodine throws a shut-out by protecting a...

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Why aren't more women running for office?

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imageWhy aren't more women working the crowds in NH?Mary Schwalm/REUTERS

With Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina running for president, many might think that women are finally achieving gender equality in politics.

That is not the case.

In North Carolina, California, Kansas and other states, the progress women have made in seeking elected office has...

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Could Hurricane Patricia be a harbinger of storms in a warming climate?

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imageHurricane Patricia as it made landfall on the Pacific coast of Mexico.NASA/NOAA, CC BY-SA

Hurricane Patricia drew immediate attention by intensifying from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane in a single day. It soon developed the fastest winds ever recorded in a western hemisphere storm. Meteorologists and climate scientists have already...

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Does 'translating' Shakespeare into modern English diminish its greatness?

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imageIn a 2005 production of Hamlet, director Haris Pasovic portrayed Hamlet as a Muslim prince at the Ottoman court.Reuters

An uproar ensued after it was reported that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) – southern Oregon’s 80-year-old annual theatrical extravaganza – would be commissioning playwrights to “translate” all...

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Why Google's plan to blanket wilderness with Wi-Fi is a bad idea

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imageThere's no escape... Texting nature via www.shutterstock.com

Facebook wants to blanket rural India in cheap Wi-Fi. Google is launching balloons to do the same around the globe. Soon, it seems, there won’t be a square inch of Earth or the heavens that isn’t connected.

These ambitious plans beg the question: should there be places in the...

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Sugar isn't just empty, fattening calories -- it's making us sick

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imageDon't add sugar.Sugar bowl via www.shutterstock.com

Children are manifesting increased rates of adult diseases like hypertension or high triglycerides. And they are getting diseases that used to be unheard of in children, like Type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease. So why is this happening?

Everyone assumes this is the result of the obesity...

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California universities launch experiment to go carbon-neutral 'at scale'

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What does it look like when a university decides to walk the walk as well as talk the talk on climate change? The University of California system – which encompasses 10 university campuses and two national scientific research laboratories – is about to find out.

Two years ago, Janet Napolitano, the president of the University of...

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Tracking American eels on the open sea to crack the mystery of their migration

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imageSatellite-tagged eels, ready for release.Martin Castonguay, DFO, CC BY-ND

It’s been one of biology’s greatest enigmas. How do American eels travel many hundreds of miles from the rivers and estuaries they live in as juveniles to their open-ocean spawning grounds?

Their rearing habitat stretches from Southern Greenland to the Gulf of...

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