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America’s ‘exceptional’ lack of a female President in global perspective

  • Written by The Conversation Contributor

Most Americans believe in the exceptionalism of our nation. However, when it comes to electing a female president, the U.S. is not exceptional. Rather it is an exception to the rule.

The U.S. ranks 97th in global ranking of women in government. Women hold only 19 percent of elected government offices here.

While many countries, including Germany,...

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How Apple Watch and pervasive computing can lure you into leveling up your fitness

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imageFitness trackers make activity into a contest.Wearable image via www.shutterstock.com.

Hello, my name is Michael, and I’m a Ring Addict.

imageThe rings in question: they close when the goal for the day has been met.Peter Parkes, CC BY

No, not the one ring from “Lord of the Rings”; not the cheap costume jewelry you get at the local...

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Hard evidence: spanking could lead to health problems, antisocial behavior

  • Written by The Conversation Contributor
imageSpanking is a common parenting practice in the U.S.Father image via www.shutterstock.com

Whether you are a parent who has occasionally spanked your child, an adult with recollections of childhood spanking or even an observer who has witnessed spanking in a public place, you likely have personal experience with the spanking of children for...

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Why the eastern coyote should be a separate species: the 'coywolf'

  • Written by The Conversation Contributor

There is considerable debate and disagreement among scientists over what to call a canid inhabiting the northeastern United States. In the course of this creature’s less than 100-year history, it has been variously called coyote, eastern coyote, coydog, Tweed wolf, brush wolf, new wolf, northeastern coyote and now coywolf, with nature...

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Can Puerto Rico escape its $72 billion debt trap and avoid Greece's fate?

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To almost no one’s surprise, Puerto Rico missed a US$422 million debt payment earlier this month, triggering fears among investors that additional defaults are on the way and increasing pressure on Congress to act.

The warnings that this would happen could hardly have been louder. The major credit rating agencies long ago cut Puerto...

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America is 'dropping cyberbombs' -- but how do they work?

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imageInside the U.S. Army's Cyber Operations Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia.Army-Cyber/flickr

Recently, United States Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work publicly confirmed that the Pentagon’s Cyber Command was “dropping cyberbombs,” taking its ongoing battle against the Islamic State group into the online world. Other American...

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Do no harm to life on Mars? Ethical limits of the 'Prime Directive'

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imageWe're on the hunt for life – what do we do when we find it?NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS, CC BY

NASA’s chief scientist recently announced that “…we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years.” Such a discovery...

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How do you design a home for someone with autism?

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imageUnfortunately, there's no 'one size fits all.''House' via www.shutterstock.com

What if every time the bathroom fan buzzed, you became unhinged? Or you lived in a place where it felt impossible to avoid curious neighbors whenever you went outside? Or where the location of kitchen appliances made it feel like a combat zone every time you tried to...

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