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A warmer embrace of Muslims could stop homegrown terrorism

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imageAnti-immigration march in Riesa, Germany, September 9 2015. Fabrizio Bensch/REUTERS

The discovery that several of the Paris attackers were European nationals has fueled concern about Muslim immigrants becoming radicalized in the West.

Some politicians have expressed views that the best way to avoid homegrown terrorists is to shut the door.

The...

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Could the Hunger Games turn your teen into a revolutionary?

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As a fan of The Hunger Games trilogy, I cannot wait to see the final part of the film series.

The Hunger Games novels and films have fascinated me for more than seven years.

And I’m not alone.

The popular books by Suzanne Collins are the most visible example of a genre of stories today’s teens are reading voraciously:...

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ISIS attacks fueled by illegal guns and open societies we can't afford to lose

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imagePolice stand guard in Place de la Republique, Paris, November 15 2015. Pascal Rossignol/REUTERS

Complex, well-coordinated attacks like the ones the Islamic State (ISIS) has now deployed in France and Lebanon raise the question: how did ISIS make it happen?

Actions by “lone wolves” – untrained individuals, radicalized through...

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Stronger work-family policies help women entrepreneurs build better businesses

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imageWomen who live in countries with more generous childcare policies are more likely to start growth-oriented businesses.Reuters

Today, November 19, marks Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness about women entrepreneurs around the world.

Entrepreneurship is arguably crucial for job creation and economic...

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Toilet talk: meeting one of the world's grand challenges with innovation

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imageChildren in Ethiopia wash their hands outside a school latrine.Unicef Ethiopia, CC BY-NC

How is it possible that 2.4 billion people lack access to improved sanitation facilities in 2015?

While many westerners use their bathroom time as “me time,“ 40% of the world’s population may be pooping outdoors, in an unsanitary latrine, or in...

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Why do public bathrooms make us so anxious, and why aren't we doing anything about it?

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imageThe treacherous toilet. Rebecca Boyd/flickr, CC BY-NC

“Public” and “toilet” don’t go together, except when they must. And that “must” is the moment we’re not home – when we need to go and can’t hold it in any longer.

Only then do we face the predicament of having to perform a deeply private...

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Talking heads: what toilets and sewers tell us about ancient Roman sanitation

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imageRuin of a second-century public toilet in Roman Ostia.Fr Lawrence Lew, OP, CC BY-NC-ND

I’ve spent an awful lot of time in Roman sewers – enough to earn me the nickname “Queen of Latrines” from my friends. The Etruscans laid the first underground sewers in the city of Rome around 500 BC. These cavernous tunnels below the...

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Explainer: why transgender students need safe bathrooms

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imageWhy do gender-neutral bathrooms matter?Jeffrey Beall, CC BY-SA

Bathroom safety has become the next battle for transgender students on college campuses across the nation.

Often referred to as “bathroom desegregation,” calls for safer bathrooms have inspired “shit-ins” at California Polytechnic and San Diego State, where...

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Why 1904 testing methods should not be used for today's students

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When I was an elementary school student, schools in my hometown administered IQ tests every couple of years. I felt very scared of the psychologist who came in to give those tests.

I also performed terribly. As a result, at one point, I was moved to a lower-grade classroom so I could...

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