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College students go online to learn about sex

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imageThey have to learn it somewhere.Students via www.shutterstock.com

Chances are that by the time you enter college in the United States, the closest thing you’ve had to reproductive education was watching an uncomfortable video in health class, maybe even before you went through puberty. It might not have answered your questions and perhaps led...

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How existentialism can shield us from the free market's dark side

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imageSartre could probably resist, unless he was hungry.Cinnabons via www.shutterstock.com

The smell of cinnamon wafts through the air. My guard is down; resistance is futile. Like a zombie, I roll my luggage across the airport food court and stand in line to pay too much for what I don’t even want, a diet-killing Cinnabon.

I have been phished, at...

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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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