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It wasn't just politics that led to Netanyahu's ouster – it was fear of his demagoguery

  • Written by Dov Waxman, Director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
imageBenjamin Netanyahu sits in the Knesset before parliament voted June 13, 2021, in Jerusalem to approve the new government that doesn't include him, Amir Levy/Getty Images

There is something Shakespearean about Benjamin Netanyahu’s downfall.

As in a scene from “Julius Caesar,” who was assassinated by Roman senators, Netanyahu was...

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Bringing joy back to the classroom and supporting stressed kids – what summer school looks like in 2021

  • Written by Raphael Travis Jr., Professor of Social Work, Texas State University
imageSummer schools need to address the emotional and academic needs of children. CandyRetriever/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Already 62% of parents believe their children are behind in learning, according to a survey conducted by the National PTA and Learning Heroes. The transition from in-person to remote learning in 2020 has disrupted students’...

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Sticky baseballs: Explaining the physics of the latest scandal in Major League Baseball

  • Written by John Eric Goff, Professor of Physics, University of Lynchburg
imageIt used to be spit balls, but now sticky baseballs are giving pitchers an advantage.Tage Olsin, CC BY-SA

Cheating in baseball is as old as the game itself, and pitchers’ modifying the ball’s surface is part of that long history. Adding to the lore of cheating is a new scandal involving pitchers who may be applying sticky substances...

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Artisan robots with AI smarts will juggle tasks, choose tools, mix and match recipes and even order materials – all without human help

  • Written by Glenn S. Daehn, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University
imageFactory robots could soon acquire a range of skills, including the ability to choose how to make things.studiostockart/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images

Failure of a machine in a factory can shut it down. Lost production can cost millions of dollars per day. Component failures can devastate factories, power plants and battlefield equipment.

To...

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Teaching kids social responsibility – like how to settle fights and ask for help – can reduce school bullying

  • Written by Jonathan B. Santo, Professor of Psychology, University of Nebraska Omaha
imageElementary school students in Brazil learn healthy ways to resolve conflicts during a three-day workshop in 2019.Sarah Roza, CC BY-NC-ND

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

The big idea

Schools that encourage their students to care for their classmates’ feelings and to peacefully resolve conflicts with their...

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Friends are saying 'I do' – but might not understand the legal risks of their platonic marriages

  • Written by Nausica Palazzo, Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
imageSince there’s no romantic relationship, judges are likely to default to ruling that platonic marriages are an attempt to game the system.Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images

When a couple decides to tie the knot, they’ll often say they’re marrying their best friend.

But what if two actual best friends – no sex or even romantic...

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What a Title IX lawsuit might mean for religious universities

  • Written by William Trollinger, Professor of History, University of Dayton
imageA recent lawsuit has charged the U.S. Department of Education as being complicit in the abuse of LGBTQ students.AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

The Religious Exemption Accountability Project, or REAP, filed a class action lawsuit on March 26, 2021, charging that the U.S. Department of Education was complicit “in the abuses that thousands of...

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Rocky Mountain forests burning more now than any time in the past 2,000 years

  • Written by Philip Higuera, Professor of Fire Ecology and Paleoecology, The University of Montana
imageColorado's East Troublesome Fire jumped the Continental Divide on Oct. 22, 2020, and eventually became Colorado's second-largest fire on record.Lauren Dauphin/NASA Earth Observatory

The exceptional drought in the U.S. West has people across the region on edge after the record-setting fires of 2020. Last year, Colorado alone saw its three largest...

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Netanyahu may be ousted but his hard-line foreign policies remain

  • Written by David Mednicoff, Chair, Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, and Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Amherst
imageOutgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks on June 13, 2021.AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

After two years of repeated and inconclusive Israeli elections, the advent of a new coalition government has ended the long era of Benjamin Netanyahu’s prime ministership. Yet he leaves a legacy of hawkish policies that will likely remain intact.

A...

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Southern Baptist Convention's focus on mission recalls history of promoting white dominance

  • Written by Janel Kragt Bakker, Associate Professor of Mission and Culture, Memphis Theological Seminary
imageJ.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has called on the denomination to focus on its theological mission.AP Photo/Jay Reeves, File

Rocked by controversies, dwindling numbers and internal divisions, the Southern Baptist Convention will meet for its annual meeting on June 15 under the banner: “We Are Great Commission...

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