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Why US may be ready to resolve Feta dispute to clinch trade deal with EU

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imageTTIP has stumbled on a block of Feta, among other things. Reuters

Next month, the European Union and the United States will likely resume their negotiation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This ambitious and far-reaching agreement will affect not only two of the world’s largest trading...

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Swimming upstream: plight of Delta smelt exposes flaws of the Endangered Species Act

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imageAn icon, and perhaps casualty, of California's contentious water policies. US Fish & Wildlife Service, CC BY-SA

In July, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife made a startling announcement. Its most recent survey of the California Bay Delta netted only a handful of Delta smelt, an endangered fish species.

The...

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Scientists score one over celebrities in battle to decriminalize sex work

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imageRentboy.com is busted in New York City.Brendan McDermid/REUTERS

On August 11 2015, Amnesty International passed a historic resolution in favor of decriminalizing all consensual commercial sex work.

A few weeks earlier, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) – an organization that seeks to abolish...

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When sex education emphasizes shame, it doesn't help youth who have been sexually abused

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imageNo shame.Classroom image via www.shutterstock.com.

Sex education has long been a controversial topic in the United States. In Texas, where I work, sex education does not really exist, at least not in schools. About 47% of school districts provide nothing in terms of sex education and state-approved textbooks lack...

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Should you rely on first instincts when answering a multiple choice exam?

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imageFirst instincts may not always be correct.PROCollegeDegrees360, CC BY-SA

Often, you’ll hear people say that you should “trust your instincts” when making decisions. But are first instincts always the best?

Psychological research has shown many times that no, they are often no better – any in many...

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Snorted, injected or smoked? It can affect a drug's addictiveness

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imageAddiction isn't just about how much of a drug you take. It's also about how you take it. Drugs via www.shutterstock.com.

Many people use drugs, but not everyone becomes addicted. Why? Part of the reason comes down to how you take a drug. Are you smoking, injecting, snorting or swallowing it? That dictates how much drug gets...

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Why we should cheer World War II operatives for Israel, but not Jonathan Pollard

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imageIsraelis protest for Jonathan Pollard's release.Ammar Awad/REUTERS

Several colleagues have asked if I see any similarities between Jonathan Pollard, a US Navy Field Operational Intelligence Office employee who’ll be released from an American prison November 21 after serving 30 years for giving Israel classified...

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How Oliver Sacks brought readers into his patients' inner worlds

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imageOliver Sacks died of cancer this past week.Joshua Wanyama/flickr, CC BY-NC-SA

Oliver Sacks achieved global public renown because his writings melded two particular traits that cut across his dual role as doctor and writer: his focus on single patients rather than large populations and his profound empathy.

These uncommon...

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