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Labor 2.0: why we shouldn't fear the 'sharing economy' and the reinvention of work

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Uber suffered a legal blow this week when a California judge granted class action status to a lawsuit claiming the car-hailing service treats its drivers like employees, without providing the necessary benefits.

Up to 160,000 Uber chauffeurs are now eligible to...

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In Alaska, it's always been Denali

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imageThe tallest mountain in the US is again called DenaliJonathan Ernst/REUTERS

For most Alaskans, there’s only one name for the mountain known as Denali.

Reestablishing this original place name, as President Obama did this week by executive order, honors the first peoples of the region, who have been connected to this...

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The stigma against people who use heroin makes it harder for them to get help

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imageStigma doesn't help. Man on stairs via www.shutterstock.com.

Heroin use and dependence have grown dramatically in the US over the last decade. Between 2002-2004 and 2011-2013, past-year use increased by 62.5% and abuse/dependence by 90%. And the demographics of heroin use have changed as well. Over a decade ago, heroin was...

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With NFL's claim to absolute authority struck down, what happens next?

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imageAccording to Judge Richard Berman, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can no longer 'dispense his own brand of industrial justice.'Brendan McDermid/Reuters

In a forceful, wide-ranging decision issued Thursday, federal judge Richard Berman issued a strong rebuke of the NFL’s disciplinary authority and procedures, vacating...

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How we found out there are three trillion trees on Earth

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imageSatellites weren't enough to get a global number. nosha/flickr, CC BY-SA

Trees occupy much of the Earth’s land surface. Many of us interact with them on a daily basis, whether driving down a rural country road, back-country skiing, or having a picnic in a city park. Whether large and small, trees play a wide range of...

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Why US may be ready to resolve Feta dispute to clinch trade deal with EU

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imageTTIP has stumbled on a block of Feta, among other things. Reuters

Next month, the European Union and the United States will likely resume their negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This ambitious and far-reaching agreement will affect not only two of the world’s largest trading...

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Swimming upstream: plight of Delta smelt exposes flaws of the Endangered Species Act

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imageAn icon, and perhaps casualty, of California's contentious water policies. US Fish & Wildlife Service, CC BY-SA

In July, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife made a startling announcement. Its most recent survey of the California Bay Delta netted only a handful of Delta smelt, an endangered fish species.

The...

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Scientists score one over celebrities in battle to decriminalize sex work

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imageRentboy.com is busted in New York City.Brendan McDermid/REUTERS

On August 11 2015, Amnesty International passed a historic resolution in favor of decriminalizing all consensual commercial sex work.

A few weeks earlier, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) – an organization that seeks to abolish...

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When sex education emphasizes shame, it doesn't help youth who have been sexually abused

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imageNo shame.Classroom image via www.shutterstock.com.

Sex education has long been a controversial topic in the United States. In Texas, where I work, sex education does not really exist, at least not in schools. About 47% of school districts provide nothing in terms of sex education and state-approved textbooks lack...

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