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Curbing the marijuana industry's voracious energy appetite

  • Written by Gina Warren, Associate Professor of Law, University of Houston
imageIndoor marijuana farms are becoming one of the most energy-intensive industries in the United

As voters go to the polls this November, at least four states will consider ballot questions on marijuana legalization. Pending proposals in Nevada, Maine and California would authorize recreational marijuana use, while Floridians...

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Blockchains: Focusing on bitcoin misses the real revolution in digital trust

  • Written by Ari Juels, Professor of Computer Science, Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Cornell Tech, and Co-Director, Initiative for CryptoCurrencies and Contracts (IC3), Cornell University
imageEnsuring trust in digital records and transactions is hard; the blockchain is an important solution.Robert Bagnall/YouTube, CC BY

In 2008, short of sending a suitcase full of cash, there was essentially just one way for an individual to send money between, say, the United States and Europe. You had to wire the money through a mainstream financial...

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Sexting might actually be a sign of a committed relationship

  • Written by Rob Weisskirch, Professor of Human Development, California State University, Monterey Bay
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Why do people sext? Why do they send racy or naked photos or videos and sexually loaded texts?

For a short-term hookup, sexting might seem like a direct way to get what you want – or at least try to. But according to my research, sexting is actually most likely to occur within a...

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Was the Nice attacker really an IS 'lone wolf'?

  • Written by Mia Bloom, Professor of Communication, Georgia State University

The Bastille Day terror attack on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice has been claimed by the Islamic State Group – sort of.

Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a delivery driver known to police for petty crimes, drove a 19-ton white Renault truck into crowds gathered for a fireworks display. At least 84 are dead.

As they did when Orlando shooter Omar...

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Why Pokemon Go became an instant phenomenon

  • Written by Katherine Isbister, Professor of Computational Media, University of California, Santa Cruz
imagePokemon Go puts virtual characters in the real world – which is just part of its appeal.Dalton White/YouTube, CC BY

In the last week, Pokemon Go, an augmented reality game for mobile phones, has taken off. Daily traffic for the game exceeded Twitter and Facebook use. What is driving this intense interest and involvement? One way to understand...

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Mike Pence is the anti-Trump

  • Written by Justin Buchler, Associate Professor of Political Science, Case Western Reserve University

Donald Trump has named Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. The presumptive Republican candidate confirmed the choice in a tweet.

The news might come as a surprise to some, as the name bubbled to the surface only in the last few weeks. Pence, however, was my pick back in April.

The selection of Pence demonstrates something important...

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Nice attack: France's social fabric frays

  • Written by Simon Reich, Professor in The Division of Global Affairs and The Department of Political Science, Rutgers University Newark

Last night, we sat toasting Bastille Day, and watching a glorious fireworks display at the Eiffel Tower from our window. We were joyful, oblivious to the events unfolding in Nice, almost 600 miles away. I had been cautious as we had walked the streets of Paris early in the day, mindful of the symbolic significance of an attack in the French...

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Will Trump use the convention to broadcast a more moderate image?

  • Written by Nathaniel Swigger, Associate Professor of Political Science, The Ohio State University

Most political candidates spend an enormous amount of time and energy crafting campaign images. When it comes to judging politicians, what you see is at least as important as what you hear. The pictures that appear on screen, especially the people who surround a candidate, can have a powerful impact on voters.

In my work on campaign ad imagery, I...

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Sea turtle ‘hitchhikers’ could play an important role in conservation

  • Written by Nathan Jack Robinson, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Biology, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne
imageHey, is there something on my back?Nathan J. Robinson, CC BY-ND

Many ancient cultures once believed that the world rested on the back of a giant sea turtle. This idea might seem far-fetched today, but for a diverse range of marine organisms, it’s reality. Collectively known as epibionts, these organisms make their homes on the backs of marine...

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Enough with the spoiler alerts! Plot spoilers often increase enjoyment

  • Written by Alan Jern, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
imageIs it really worth all the effort to avoid spoilers?'Man' via

Last December, I had tickets to see “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” the night after the premiere. While I was at work that day, I was filled with anxiety. What if I overheard someone talking about the movie? What if I accidentally saw something online that...

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  12. Loss for words: Art, language and the challenges of living on a changing planet
  13. Quantifying the social cost of firearms: a new approach to gun control
  14. Will the vice presidential candidates matter this year? Maybe, but not the way you think.
  15. Underwater microscope provides new views of ocean-floor sea creatures in their natural setting
  16. Why debt-free college will not solve the real problems in America's higher education system
  17. From Grexit to Brexit, why EU's mess of rules designed to prevent crisis is causing it
  18. Making the case for a new Olympics model
  19. Dear Hillary: Where are the women in your energy strategy?
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  21. What Black Lives Matter means beyond policing reform
  22. Slow death: Is the trauma of police violence killing black women?
  23. How to sell a product called democracy
  24. Is anything ever 'forgotten' online?
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  26. NATO summit: Despite high public support for defense spending in Europe, discord over burden sharing emerges
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  28. A tragic reminder that policing takes a toll on officers, too
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  39. Why are people starting to believe in UFOs again?
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  41. How video can help police – and the public
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  43. How today's crisis in Venezuela was created by Hugo Chávez's 'revolutionary' plan
  44. Is Trump right that the TPP will destroy millions of jobs and cede US sovereignty?
  45. Eid al-Fitr 2016: understanding the differences among America's Muslims
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