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Is the 2015 Nobel Prize a turning point for traditional Chinese medicine?

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imageNever before has a Nobel gone to an expert in traditional Chinese medicine. bomb_bao/flickr, CC BY-SA

I’m sure I’m not the only one surprised by the announcement that half of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has gone to a researcher who spent her entire career researching traditional Chinese medicine. Based at the Chinese...

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Who you gonna trust: how power affects our faith in others

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imageWhy do we trust people with power (other than politicians)?Reuters

One of the ongoing themes of the current presidential campaign is that Americans are becoming increasingly distrustful of those who walk the corridors of power – Exhibit A being the Republican presidential primary, in which three of the top four candidates are outsiders of...

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A somber message on World Teachers' Day 2015: our teachers are at risk

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imageThe work of teachers is not valued as much as other professions.BES Photos, CC BY-NC-SA

What is among the first actions that brutal totalitarian regimes take upon assuming power? They imprison, exile or “disappear” teachers.

Dictators employ such harsh tactics because of the role teachers play in society. Teachers provide not only a...

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Permafrost-eating bacteria: a new twist on thawing Arctic and global warming

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imageCarbon in some types of ancient permafrost is digested by greenhouse gas-producing microbes.US Bureau of Land Management, CC BY-SA

Global warming is accelerating the thawing of permafrost – soil that has been at or below the freezing point of water for approximately two or more years. This releases the potent greenhouse gas methane to the...

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From Sophocles to Sherlock: economics, literature and the detective story

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imageWhat does economics have to do with a revolver? Book revolver via www.shutterstock.com

If you read or watch detective stories, you probably don’t think about them as an expression of economic principles.

But at their heart, that’s exactly what they are. And it’s not just detective stories, but works of fictions of all genres are...

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The Umpqua, Oregon shootings: portrait of the killer as a young man

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imageHungry for information: the media, here covering the shooting in Oregon, falls into now-familiar patterns in covering mass shootings.Steve Dipaola/Reuters

All killers are Norman Bates – anti-social mama’s boys.

Or so the news media tell us in their instant profiles of the gunmen who shoot up schools, churches, military bases and other...

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What public health researchers want you to know about gun control

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imageObama calls for changes to gun laws after the shootings in Oregon, Oct. 1, 2015. Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS

Editor’s note: In the wake of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, we asked two public health researchers on gun violence to help us understand this latest violent act. Sandro Galea is the Dean of Boston...

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The University of Texas faculty are watching Oregon uneasily

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imageA line is drawn in Roseburg, Oregon, Oct. 2, 2015. Lucy Nicholson/REUTERS

I fear our senses will become dulled to horrific news like Thursday’s, when a gunman opened fire on an Oregon community college, killing nine and wounding 10. I fear we will forget, again and again.

Oregon is one of the seven states that now have provisions allowing the...

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