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Crash in oil prices will hurt the U.S. economy from Texas to Wall Street

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Traditionally, low oil prices have been a boost to economic growth in the U.S. The crash in oil prices over the past two years, however, has produced a decidedly mixed picture – with potentially worrying implications for the economy as a whole.

When oil prices fall, consumers spend less on gasoline and have more disposable income to spend on...

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How can universities encourage young people to vote?

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This past February, when many of their peers were still asleep, a group of Tufts University students got on a bus to New Hampshire to take advantage of a once-every-four-years opportunity: seeing presidential candidates making their final pitch to voters.

Research shows that campaigns that directly contact young people boost youth turnout. Knocking...

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Where do the 2016 candidates stand on contraception?

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Access to safe and effective birth control is part of health care for tens of millions of Americans. The vast majority of Americans view birth control as “morally acceptable,” and make sharp distinctions between approval for methods of preventing pregnancy, and methods of terminating it.

Despite this, access to birth control has become...

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Can you sue if someone posts an unflattering photo of you on social media?

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Open your Twitter or Instagram account and chances are good somewhere in there you may see an unflattering photo of a stranger. It’s become increasingly common to share pictures of people we don’t know online.

And it could happen to you. Imagine, for example, rolling...

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What makes one economy more resilient than another?

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Markets have been in turmoil for much of the year on concerns the global economy is heading for another recession. The suspected culprits are many: the plunging price of commodities and oil, crisis in the Middle East, a slowing China and other emerging countries and weak prospects for...

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Why are political experts mostly men? Women also know stuff

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With the rise of Republican candidate Donald Trump, the demise of establishment candidates and a nomination contest between a self-proclaimed socialist and a woman, this election has delivered many surprises. Political scientists have often been called to weigh in.

Such conversations are...

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Can drinking water be delivered without disinfectants like chlorine and still be safe?

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imageChlorine needed? Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, CC BY-SA

When we open the tap, we expect the water to be safe. That is, the water should be free of pathogens that could make us sick and any chemicals that could cause problems later in life.

For the most part, potable water systems in the developed world have done a great job providing...

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