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3 ways cryptocurrency is changing the way colleges do business with students and donors

  • Written by Nir Kshetri, Professor of Management, University of North Carolina – Greensboro
imageUniversities are seeking to boost bottom lines and personal connections with cryptocurrencies.Irina Marchenko/iStock via Getty Images

Until about 2020, universities used cryptocurrencies only to pay ransoms to criminals attacking their networks. A fast payment to criminals helped victim universities restore their networks quickly.

With increasing...

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Jiang Zemin propelled China's economic rise in the world, leaving his successors to deal with the massive inequality that followed

  • Written by Edward Cunningham, Director of Ash Center China Programs, Harvard Kennedy School
imageJiang Zemin oversaw the economic transformation of China.Diana Walker/Getty Images

By the summer of 1989, a series of problems were threatening China’s stability. Soaring inflation was undermining the economy at home while the violent suppression of Tiananmen Square demonstrations had left it largely a pariah state abroad. Yet within a few...

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EU plans to set up a new court to prosecute Russia's war on Ukraine – but there's a mixed record on holding leaders like Putin accountable for waging wars

  • Written by Victor Peskin, Associate professor of politics and global studies, Arizona State University
imageLocal residents help exhume the body of a 16-year-old Ukrainian girl, killed by Russian forces, in Kherson, Ukraine in November 2022. Chris McGrath/Getty Images

A senior European Union official announced on Nov. 30, 2022, that the EU will work with the United Nations in the hopes of setting up a special court that would investigate and prosecute...

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Twitter lifted its ban on COVID misinformation – research shows this is a grave risk to public health

  • Written by Anjana Susarla, Professor of Information Systems, Michigan State University
imageThe restraints on COVID-19 misinformation on Twitter are off.AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

Twitter’s decision to no longer enforce its COVID-19 misinformation policy, quietly posted on the site’s rules page and listed as effective Nov. 23, 2022, has researchers and experts in public health seriously concerned about the possible repercussions.

Healt...

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How parents can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of teen mental health problems

  • Written by Toria Herd, Postdoctoral Researcher in Psychology, Penn State
imageEarly detection is key to treating depression in teenagers.dragana991/iStock via Getty Images Plus

More than 44% of teens reported persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness in the first half of 2021, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The early 2022 report, which was based on an online survey, also...

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Who's giving Americans spiritual care? As congregational attendance shrinks, it's often chaplains

  • Written by Wendy Cadge, Professor of Sociology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University
imageA chaplain hugs a registered nurse at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles.Mario Tama/Getty Images News via Getty Images

When Americans picture a chaplain, many of them likely think of someone like Father Mulcahy, the Irish American priest who cared for Korean War soldiers in the classic TV show “M.A.S.H.”

The reality is...

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Satellites detect no real climate benefit from 10 years of forest carbon offsets in California

  • Written by Shane Coffield, Postdoctoral Scientist in Biospheric Sciences, Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA
imageRedwood forests like this one in California can store large amounts of carbon, but not if they're being cut down.Shane Coffield

Many of the companies promising “net-zero” emissions to protect the climate are relying on vast swaths of forests and what are known as carbon offsets to meet that goal.

On paper, carbon offsets appear to...

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Resounding success of 'Black Panther' franchise says little about the dubious state of Black film

  • Written by Phillip Lamarr Cunningham, Assistant Professor, Media Studies, Wake Forest University
image'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' is one of only three Black films since 2018 to have a production budget exceeding $100 million.Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images

When Marvel Studios released “Black Panther” in February 2018, it marked the first Marvel Cinematic Universe film to feature a Black superhero and star a...

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Healthy democracy requires trust -- these 3 things could start to restore voters' declining faith in US elections

  • Written by Sarah Bush, Associate Professor, Political Science, Yale University
imageElection workers sort ballots at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on Nov. 9, 2022, in Phoenix. John Moore/Getty Images

The 2022 U.S. midterm elections ran relatively smoothly and faced few consequential accusations of fraud or mismanagement. Yet many Americans don’t trust this essential element of a democracy.

It’s...

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Protests in China are not rare -- but the current unrest is significant

  • Written by Teresa Wright, Professor of Political Science, California State University, Long Beach
imageProtesters march along a street in Beijing on Nov. 28, 2022.Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

Street protests across China have evoked memories of the Tiananmen Square demonstrations that were brutally quashed in 1989. Indeed, foreign media have suggested the current unrest sweeping cities across China is unlike anything seen in the country since...

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