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A look inside the Czech Republic's booming fertility holiday industry

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In 2008, a friend sent me a link to a Czech company called IVF Holiday. Clicking the link, I saw images of quaint European towns. These were accompanied by pictures of smiling white babies – and promises of affordable and safe rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF).

I soon realized I’d stumbled into a...

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Beyond today's crowdsourced science to tomorrow's citizen science cyborgs

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imageAll that computer power will still need a helping hand from our uniquely human expertise.Computers image via www.shutterstock.com

Millions of citizen scientists have been flocking to projects that pool their time and brainpower to tackle big scientific problems, from astronomy to zoology. Projects such as those hosted by the Zooniverse get people...

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Net neutrality may be at risk when companies like Netflix subsidize your data

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made net neutrality the law of the land and pledged to enforce it when it issued its “open Internet order” 13 months ago. That ruling barred Internet service providers (ISPs) from discriminating against certain types of traffic or creating pay-to-play fast lanes.

But a recent trend in the...

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Roots of opioid epidemic can be traced back to two key changes in pain management

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imageAscetics preparing and smoking opium outside a rural dwelling in India.Wellcome Library, London, CC BY

Abuse of opium products obtained from poppy plants dates back centuries, but today we are witnessing the first instance of widespread abuse of legal, prescribed drugs that, while structurally...

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Will cheap gas at the pump stall progress on car emissions?

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imageAmericans like big vehicles – a serious challenge to reducing emissions. chrisgold/flickr, CC BY-NC

Retail gasoline prices are now as low as they were in the “roaring ‘90s.” The 1990s, that is, when the energy crisis of the 1970s had faded from American consumers’ memories, the economy was strong and the market share...

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What kind of judge is Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland?

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On March 16, President Obama announced his pick for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia: Merrick Garland, chief judge of the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

The President described Garland as not only “one of America’s sharpest legal minds,” but also “someone who brings to his...

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How Bernie Sanders made the Democratic Party safe for liberals

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Bernie Sanders is not going to be the Democratic presidential nominee.

Whatever slim chance Sanders had to capture the nomination ended when Hillary Clinton won convincing victories in the key March 15 primaries. Clinton finished the night with an insurmountable lead of more than 700 delegates and is now within striking distance of the nomination.

Un...

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How much math do you need to win your March Madness pool?

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imageThe University of Dayton Arena, where March Madness will kick off again this year.Greenstrat

Deciding which teams to pick in your NCAA basketball pool? Then you’re faced with a classic decision problem – and here, science can help.

On one hand, you want to pick good teams, the “favorites,” because those teams seem more likely...

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Zika and abortion: will the virus prompt Latin America to rethink abortion and birth control?

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The Zika virus outbreak and its probable association with microcephaly in newborns are prompting calls to loosen Latin America’s strict abortion laws and make birth control more readily available.

Abortion is fully criminalized in six countries in the region. In El Salvador, for instance, women who have abortions can face prison. In many...

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