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Why does some rain fall harder than other rain?

  • Written by Jeffrey B. Halverson, Professor of Geography & Environmental Systems, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
imageA downpour or a drizzle: What causes the difference? David Pinzer Photography/Moment via Getty Imagesimage

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Why does some rain fall harder than other rain? – Naomi B., age 9, San Fancisco,...

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¿Te sentías muy seguro navegando en modo 'incógnito'?

  • Written by Lorrie Cranor, Professor of Computer Science and of Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
imageLa privacidad cibernética no significa ser anónimo.Oleg Mishutin/iStock via Getty Images

Muchas personas buscan más privacidad cuando navegan por la web utilizando sus navegadores en modos de protección de la privacidad, llamados ‘Navegación Privada’ en Mozilla Firefox, Opera y Apple Safari;...

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COVID-19 is hitting tipped workers hard

  • Written by Sarah B. Andrea, Postdoctoral Scholar, Epidemiology, University of Washington
imageTipped workers may struggle to make minimum wage, especially in the wake of the pandemic.Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Even prior to COVID-19, tipped workers suffered from the inadequacies of the United States’ social safety net and minimum wage standards.

The pandemic has exposed not only the inherent vulnerability of food service workers to...

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A COVID-19 vaccine needs the public's trust – and it's risky to cut corners on clinical trials, as Russia is

  • Written by Abram L. Wagner, Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, University of Michigan
imageOn Aug. 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that a coronavirus vaccine developed in the country has been registered for use.Russian Health Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Russia’s announcement that a fast-tracked COVID-19 vaccine is registered there, with plans for quick distribution in the general population this...

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Movie theaters are on life support – how will the film industry adapt?

  • Written by Matthew Jordan, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Pennsylvania State University
imageA movie theater in Brea, Calif., has shuttered its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Since the start of the pandemic, the film industry has been in free fall.

As deaths have continued to climb, so have studio losses, with crowded theaters – once a source of collective entertainment and escapism – now seen as...

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John Lewis and the masks Black preachers wear on the public stage

  • Written by Kenyatta R. Gilbert, Professor of Homiletics, Howard University
imageRep. John Lewis attends church services at Brown Chapel AME Church in SelmaBrooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images

U.S. Congressman John Robert Lewis was a Black preacher, inescapably so.

Like his spiritual mentor, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the long-standing congressman was an ordained Black Baptist minister. It meant that he not only...

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The belief that demons have sex with humans runs deep in Christian and Jewish traditions

  • Written by Cavan W. Concannon, Associate Professor of Religion, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
imageIncubus, a male demon, was said to prey on sleeping women in mythological tales.Walker, Charles: The encyclopedia of secret knowledge

Houston physician and pastor Stella Immanuel – described as “spectacular” by Donald Trump for her promotion of unsubstantiated claims about anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a...

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How the old-fashioned telephone could become a new way for some to see their doctor

  • Written by Kathleen Li, Emergency Medicine physician and Master's candidate in Health and Health Care Research, University of Michigan
imageAmy Blais, a telehealth nurse at HomeHealth Visiting Nurses in Saco, Maine. Derek Davis/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

Staying home to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, patients and their doctors have embraced telemedicine. Prior to COVID-19, telehealth use was growing but represented a tiny percentage of all health care visits.

During...

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Pivot to remote learning creates a chance to reinvent K-12 education

  • Written by Carl Kurlander, Senior Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh
imageLights, camera, learn! AaronAmat/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Many of the nation’s 57 million K-12 students will spend at least part of the 2020-2021 school year either dealing with distance learning or a hybrid model that keeps them out of classrooms several days a week. They’ll spend lots of time using teleconferencing software, with...

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Before Kamala Harris became Biden's running mate, Shirley Chisholm and other Black women aimed for the White House

  • Written by Sharon Austin, Professor of Political Science, University of Florida
imageKamala Harris, a U.S. senator from California, endorsed Joe Biden for president in March. Now she is his vice presidential nominee. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, the American daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, is Joe Biden’s choice for vice president. If Biden wins in November, Harris would break three...

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