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The sharing economy comes to scientific research

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My husband is a brilliant man with a deep love for home improvement shows. I could do that! he says. I just need a fancy saw, some tool, this other thing, wood and a plan. Sometimes these projects turn out great, but as often, we find we wasted money on equipment we can’t properly use, a plan we can’t follow and a project abandoned...

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TV-watching couch potatoes have outsized energy footprint

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imageWhen it comes to TV use energy, calling one household 'average' can be misleading. Evert F. Baumgardner - National Archives and Records Administration.

It is alluringly easy to use averages, but when most of a group is far from average, they can lead us astray. This is no less true in the area of energy consumption.

Consider for example the...

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Has Haiti's cholera epidemic become a permanent problem?

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On January 12, 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, killing thousands of people and displacing millions more.

Ten months later the country was stricken with an outbreak of cholera, a deadly diarrheal disease. Though the number of cholera cases has decreased from a peak of approximately 25,000 cases per month, it is likely that thousands of...

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For female architects, the loss of Zaha Hadid is personal

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As a luminary in the world of architecture, Zaha Hadid, who died on March 31, was a celebrity whose name, face and buildings are known by millions.

But the grief felt by women architects is on a different, intimate scale. With Hadid’s passing, we have lost a role model in a field that has few others.

That is not to say that there are not a...

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Will the health dangers of climate change get people to care? The science says: maybe

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Climate change is a major public health threat, already making existing problems like asthma, exposure to extreme heat, food poisoning, and infectious disease more severe, and posing new risks from climate change-related disasters, including death or injury.

Those were the alarming conclusions of a new scientific assessment report released by the...

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Will we soon see another wave of bird extinctions in the Americas?

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In the shady recesses of unassuming forest patches in eastern Brazil, bird species are taking their final bows on the global evolutionary stage, and winking out.

These are obscure birds with quaint names: Alagoas Foliage-Gleaner, Pernambuco Pygmy-Owl, Cryptic Treehunter. But their disappearance portends a turning point in a global biodiversity...

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Why teachers are unable to stop bias-based bullying

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imageAn artist's representation of how different people are involved in bullying.Edmonton Public Schools, CC BY-NC

State and local lawmakers have put policies in place to address and prevent bullying. Many schools too have implemented interventions to improve school climate to reduce bullying behaviors.

Despite these efforts, in my research and...

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Women's soccer shows how far we've come since Title IX – and what battles remain

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Five members of the women’s national soccer team recently filed a complaint alleging the sport’s governing body in the U.S. violated the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by paying them less than the men.

In their complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the women detail how their pay and...

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