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When a parent directs a child not be resuscitated, what should educators do?

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imageDo Not Resuscitate orders are an ethical dilemma for educators.Stephan Hochhaus, CC BY

Most likely schools evoke our best memories as lively places with active playgrounds, determined classrooms, band performances and Friday night football games.

The common factor is happy, healthy and engaged children. As educators, we make and sustain these...

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Poised to make its next big move, Netflix isn't in the business you think it's in

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Netflix has been in the headlines a lot recently, and not in a good way.

There’s news about competitor Amazon launching a monthly video service, subscription fees going up, its library of content shrinking and lower global subscriber gains than the company had anticipated.

But since its launch in 1997, Netflix has always been in the headlines....

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Could knowing how much your coworker earns help close the gender pay gap?

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imageWant to know how your salary jar stacks up?Money jars via www.shutterstock.com

Pay transparency is all the rage these days.

President Obama has taken action to increase pay transparency among federal contractors. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces laws prohibiting employment discrimination, recently issued a regulation...

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Genetic detectives: how scientists use DNA to track disease outbreaks

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They’re the top questions on everyone’s mind when a new disease outbreak happens: where did the virus come from? When did this happen? How long has it been spreading in a particular country or group of people?

These questions have been the foundation of epidemiology, the study of the occurrence and spread of disease, since the days when...

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Shot or poisoned? Does the choice of Trump or Cruz really matter?

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When asked to choose between the candidacies of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator from South Carolina, remarked,

It’s like being shot or poisoned. What does it really matter?

But, in fact, it really does matter for the Republican Party.

imageLindsey Graham.REUTERS/Brian C. Frank

Based on a survey taken before the Iowa...

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To fight Zika, let's genetically modify mosquitoes – the old-fashioned way

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The near panic caused by the rapid spread of the Zika virus has brought new urgency to the question of how best to control mosquitoes that transmit human diseases. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes bite people across the globe, spreading three viral diseases: dengue, chikungunya and Zika. There are no proven effective vaccines or specific medications to...

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Having trouble picking the right health insurance plan? Let an algorithm decide

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imageWould you put a heart in a machine's hands?robot heart via www.shutterstock.com

One key goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to lower health care costs by giving consumers more choice over their insurer.

Economic theory suggests that when consumers make informed and active choices in a competitive market, companies respond by lowering prices...

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It's the year 2020...how's your cybersecurity?

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imageIf we're super-wired in the future, will we also be super-vulnerable?keoni101/flickr, CC BY-SA

What if, in 2020, wearable devices did not care about how many steps you took, and instead were concerned with your real-time emotional state? With networked devices tracking hormone levels, heart rates, facial expressions, voice tone and more, the...

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Why more cities need to add up the economic value of trees

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imageNot just a way to beat the heat, urban forests also reduce air pollution and provide other services for the economy. kiddocone/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

Your parents were wrong: money does grow on trees.

Cities routinely rake up tens of millions of dollars from their urban forests annually in ways that are not always obvious. Leafy canopies lower summer...

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Has the library outlived its usefulness in the age of Internet? You'd be surprised

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imageLibrary space is changing.Penn State, CC BY-NC

U.S. institutions of higher education and U.S. local governments are under extraordinary pressure to cut costs and eliminate from institutional or governmental ledgers any expenses whose absence would cause little or no pain.

In this political climate, academic and public libraries may be in danger. The...

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