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Yes, eastern coyotes are hybrids, but the 'coywolf' is not a thing

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imageRoaming Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania.Dave Inman/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

Talk of “coywolves” – a blend of coyote and wolf – is everywhere. There is a PBS special called Meet the Coywolf, a recent article in the Economist, and it is now trending on Facebook. The media really love this new animal name.

There is no...

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Unsurprised by Missouri – scholars on the roots of racial unrest on campus

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image#WeStandWithMizzou activists join the movement.Jackie Rehwald, Springfield News Leader, CC BY

On Monday afternoon, after days of protests against his failure to address urgent concerns over racism on campus, the University of Missouri’s President Tim Wolfe resigned.

This may have alleviated the immediate tension in Columbia, Missouri, but the...

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Canada could shed its split personality on climate change at Paris talks

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imageNew face for Canada in Paris: newly minted prime minister Justin TrudeauChris Wattie/Reuters

Canada, paradoxically, is a leader in climate change mitigation at the same time as being one of the world’s laggards. It carries both legacies as its delegates prepare to attend the COP 21 climate change conference in Paris later this month –...

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Could a smartphone app help stop the next polio outbreak in Pakistan?

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imagePolio vaccinators carry boxes of polio vaccine drops as they head to the areas they have been appointed to administer the vaccine, in Karachi October 21 2014. Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Between 1988 and 2013, the number of cases of polio worldwide plummeted from 350,000 to 406. The number of countries in which the disease was endemic also went down,...

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Is the legalization of sports betting in the US inevitable?

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imageWill sports betting ever expand beyond Nevada?Nevada gambling via www.shutterstock.com

Bill Bradley was a Princeton graduate, All-American basketball player, NBA star, United States senator and one-time candidate for president. He is also the reason that Americans cannot place bets on sporting events unless they travel to Nevada.

In 1992,...

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Norwegians using 'Texas' to mean 'crazy' actually isn't so crazy

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imageA Spanish street performer dressed as a cowboy. Europeans have long been fascinated with the American West.Juanedc.com/flickr, CC BY

If you haven’t heard by now, the American press recently picked up on an interesting linguistic phenomenon in Norway, where the word “Texas” is slang for “crazy.”

Indeed, it turns out that...

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Social Security, Ponzi schemes and why the government isn't 'stealing' your money

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imageIs this all there is left in the Social Security trust fund?Piggy bank via www.shutterstock.com

Last night’s Republican debate was focused squarely on the economy, on topics ranging from tax reform to income inequality.

That’s an improvement from the previous debate, held two weeks ago, which was also supposed to be about the economy....

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Under the sea: Russia, China and American control of the waterways

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imageThe USS Roosevelt sails the South China Sea. US Navy/Reuters

In the summer of 2007, in a bizarre incident shown live on Russian television, scientists accompanied by a couple of senior politicians descended 4,300 meters to the floor of the Arctic Ocean in two Mir mini submarines. Divers then planted a Russian flag on the seabed, and Russia...

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Human biases hold key to solving both Europe's refugee crisis and climate change

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imagePeople don't want refugees for the same reason they reject climate change.Reuters

One of the predominant news stories over the past few months has been the migrant crisis in Europe.

Driven by civil wars, refugees from the Middle East and beyond are flowing into the European Union. Over the next 18 months, the UN is expecting more than 1.4 million...

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Body hair helps animals stay clean – and could inspire self-cleaning technologies

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imageHair as helpers in the quest for cleanliness.stratman², CC BY-NC-ND

Watch a fly land on the kitchen table, and the first thing it does is clean itself, very, very carefully. Although we can’t see it, the animal’s surface is covered with dust, pollen and even insidious mites that could burrow into its body if not removed.

Staying...

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