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Why 30 out of 32 NFL head coaches are white -- behind the NFL's abysmal record on diversity

  • Written by George B. Cunningham, Professor of Sport Management, Texas A&M University
imagePittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is the only Black head coach in the NFL.Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

A couple of weeks after the close of the National Football League’s regular season, there is just one Black head coach and one Latino head coach left in the League – Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Ron...

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Pope Benedict accused of mishandling sex abuse cases: 4 essential reads

  • Written by Molly Jackson, Religion and Ethics Editor
imagePope Emeritus Benedict XVI sits in St. Peter's Basilica Dec. 8, 2015. A long-awaited report on sexual abuse faulted his handling of four cases.AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

When Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013 – the first leader of the Catholic Church to do so in more than half a millennium – the sexual abuse crisis had already roiled the...

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The sunsetting of the child tax credit expansion could leave many families without enough food on the table

  • Written by Paul Shafer, Assistant Professor of Health Law, Policy and Management, Boston University
imageA new study found that the child tax credit advance payments immediately helped families who were suffering from food insufficiency.Spencer Platt/Getty Images News via Getty Images

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work.

The big idea

The discontinuation of the Biden administration’s monthly payments of the child tax...

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Alpha then delta and now omicron – 6 questions answered as COVID-19 cases once again surge across the globe

  • Written by Sara Sawyer, Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder
imageThe list of SARS-CoV-2 variants – each with its own unique qualities that give it an edge – just keeps growing.Matt Anderson Photography/Moment via Getty Images

Editor’s note: The omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has fueled a rapid surge in cases globally. We asked a team of virologists and...

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Conflicts between nursing home residents are often chalked up to dementia – the real problem is inadequate care and neglect

  • Written by Eilon Caspi, Assistant Research Professor of Health, Intervention, and Policy, University of Connecticut
imageConflicts between residents with dementia occur often in long-term care settings.CasarsaGuru/E+ via Getty Images

Frank Piccolo was a beloved high school chemistry teacher in Ontario, Canada, until his retirement in 1998. “His trademark was to greet all of his students at the door at the start of class to make sure everyone felt welcomed...

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About 1 in 3 child care workers are going hungry

  • Written by Colin Page McGinnis, Doctoral Candidate, Research Assistant, The Ohio State University
imageThe majority of child care workers are women and people of color. Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesimageCC BY-ND.

Of the nearly 1 million child care workers in the United States, in a recent white paper, my colleagues and I found that 31.2% – basically 1 out of every 3 – experienced food insecurity in 2020, the latest year...

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5 things to know about why Russia might invade Ukraine – and why the US is involved

  • Written by Tatsiana Kulakevich, Assistant Professor of instruction at School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, affiliate professor at the Institute on Russia, University of South Florida

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Jan. 19, 2022, that he thinks Russia will invade Ukraine, and cautioned Russian president Vladimir Putin that he “will regret having done it,” following months of building tension.

Russia has amassed an estimated 100,000 troops along its border with Ukraine over the past several months.

In mid-January,...

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What is bioengineered food? An agriculture expert explains

  • Written by Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, Arizona State University
imageMost U.S.-grown soybeans are genetically modified, so products containing them may be required to carry the new 'bioengineered' label.Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines bioengineered food as food that “contains detectable genetic material that has been modified through certain lab techniques that...

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How the Biden administration is making gains in an uphill battle against Russian hackers

  • Written by Scott Jasper, Senior Lecturer in National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School
imageShortly after taking office, President Biden declared that the the U.S. would no longer roll over in the face of Russian cyberattacks.AP Photo/Evan Vucci

On Jan. 14, 2022, the FSB, Russia’s domestic intelligence service, announced that it had broken up the notorious Russia-based REvil ransomware criminal organization. The FSB said the actions...

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  4. The better you are at math, the more money seems to influence your satisfaction
  5. Stressed out at college? Here are five essential reads on how to take better care of your mental health
  6. Overruling Roe may not be conservatives' best strategy – Brown v. Board of Education shows how Supreme Court can uphold precedent while gutting its meaning
  7. ShakeAlert earthquake warnings can give people time to protect themselves – but so far, few have actually done so
  8. Pain and anxiety are linked to breathing in mouse brains – suggesting a potential target to prevent opioid overdose deaths
  9. The Electoral Count Act of 1887 is showing its age – here's how to help Congress certify a presidential election with more certainty
  10. Beavers offer lessons about managing water in a changing climate, whether the challenge is drought or floods
  11. Why getting Congress to fund help for US children in poverty is so hard to do
  12. How the pandemic's unequal toll on people of color underlines US health inequities – and why solving them is so critical
  13. CORBEVAX, a new patent-free COVID-19 vaccine, could be a pandemic game changer globally
  14. What 13th-century Christian theologian Thomas Aquinas can teach us about hope in times of despair
  15. What causes a tsunami? An ocean scientist explains the physics of these destructive waves
  16. Batteries get hyped, but pumped hydro provides the vast majority of long-term energy storage essential for renewable power – here’s how it works
  17. State efforts to close the K-12 digital divide may come up short
  18. The omicron variant is deepening severe staffing shortages in medical laboratories across the US
  19. Microsoft purchase of Activision Blizzard won't clean up gamer culture overnight: 5 essential reads about sexual harassment and discrimination in gaming and tech
  20. Yes, it's easier to get birth control than it was in the 1970s – but women still need abortion care
  21. Taliban 2.0 aren't so different from the first regime, after all
  22. More than masks and critical race theory – 3 tasks you should be prepared to do before you run for school board
  23. Sperm donation is largely unregulated, but that could soon change as lawsuits multiply
  24. Why massive new youth sports facilities may not lead to the tourist boom many communities hope for when they build them
  25. Fact-checking may be important, but it won't help Americans learn to disagree better
  26. These machines scrub greenhouse gases from the air – an inventor of direct air capture technology shows how it works
  27. How 'mechanical trees' pull carbon dioxide from the air and lock it away – an inventor of direct air capture tech explains
  28. Why do plants grow straight?
  29. Building machines that work for everyone – how diversity of test subjects is a technology blind spot, and what to do about it
  30. Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.: 5 things I've learned curating the MLK Collection at Morehouse College
  31. What Supreme Court's block of vaccine mandate for large businesses will mean for public health: 4 questions answered
  32. Colleges accused of conspiring to make low-income students pay more
  33. The #BettyWhiteChallenge highlights the growth of animal philanthropy and the role of rescues
  34. What made Bob Saget's Danny Tanner so different from other sitcom dads
  35. Seditious conspiracy charge against Oath Keepers founder and others in Jan. 6 riot faces First Amendment hurdle
  36. Civil war in the US is unlikely because grievance doesn't necessarily translate directly into violence
  37. Sugar detox? Cutting carbs? A doctor explains why you should keep fruit on the menu
  38. The metaverse is money and crypto is king – why you'll be on a blockchain when you're virtual-world hopping
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  40. Ocean temperatures are at record levels, with major consequences
  41. Ocean heat is at record levels, with major consequences
  42. Racial and ethnic diversity is lacking among nonprofit leaders – but there are ways to change that
  43. Inflation inequality: Poorest Americans are hit hardest by soaring prices on necessities
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  46. Beyond social mobility, college students value giving back to society
  47. Making sugar, making 'coolies': Chinese laborers toiled alongside Black workers on 19th-century Louisiana plantations
  48. How the Vietnam War pushed MLK to embrace global justice, not only civil rights at home
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