What does it take for kids to be ready for school?
Children who aren't ready for school tend to lag behind their peers in later grades. Parents and teachers can help.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a conference for her party.
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In reelection bid, Merkel's not just up against a xenophobic, nationalist party in Germany. In the wake of Trump’s election, liberal democracies around the world hope she'll defend them, too.
The Mohegan Tribe Community Center and Government Building in Uncasville, Connecticut.
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A little-known suit against a Mohegan tribal employee will test the limits of Indian tribes' legal immunity.
Robots will need to teach themselves.
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We need to do more than teach machines to learn. We need to overcome the barriers that separate machines from us – and us from them.
What is a good life for an egg-laying hen?
Voters in Massachusetts passed a ballot measure that assumed so. But a philosopher of animal welfare suggests the ethical issues involved are trickier than a yes/no vote would suggest.
A campaign for Los Angeles Unified School District school board candidates.
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The involvement of large wealthy donors in local schools is influencing who gets elected to govern on school boards. Why does it matter?
Côte d'Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouattara addresses a rally ahead of the referendum on a new constitution. The placard reads “yes to new Ivory Coast”.
The proposed new constitution would allow Alassane Ouattara to remain as president. Opposition parties see this move as a constitutional “coup” that will also protect his allies.
Scientists have a lot to contribute – and a lot to lose.
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The scientific community enjoys one of the highest levels of trust among American institutions. But engaging in the political arena during a contentious election season comes with dangers.
The charred interior of the Gabon’s parliament after it was burned in post-election protests in Libreville.
National electoral commissions are crucial in shaping public perceptions of how well democracy is working. Poor electoral management can enable fraud and produce political alienation.
Women from a local cocoa farmers’ association spread cocoa beans to dry in Djangobo, Niable in eastern Ivory Coast.
There's been uneven progress, but African agriculture has shown remarkable improvement compared to 15 years ago
What are threats facing America’s public universities?
A provocative new documentary, 'Starving the Beast,' blames the condition of higher ed on right-wing policies. A scholar argues that the film ignores a long history that has led to current crisis.
From the depths of the dark web, the identities and location of pimps can be scrubbed.
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Two criminologists wanted to learn the tricks of the trade so they went to the source, interviewing over 70 pimps.
Water tower in Flint, Michigan.
High blood lead levels in children in Flint, Michigan were obscured in part because of an outdated method of studying public health -- the ZIP code. Here's why we need to make use of a better way.
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe protest construction of an oil pipeline near their reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
What is the months-long North Dakota Access Pipeline protest really about? A Native American scholar connects the dots to environmental justice and the legacy of U.S. colonialism.
Helmets like this that absorb impact are used in the NFL, but not in high school.
As many as half a million concussions in youth go unreported each year. Finding a way to measure whether a hit has occurred on the field is an important way to address these injuries.
Homeschooling is a growing trend in America. Children learning at Woodlands Nature Station in Kentucky.
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The number of homeschoolers in America is growing. Who are these new homeschoolers and what's the impact on the public school system?
Protesters in Paris against Gabonese President Ali Bongo with placards reading: 1967-2016, 50 years in power is enough!
Gabon has the lowest trust ratings of any election commission among the 36 African countries surveyed by Afrobarometer.
An African migrant stranded in Costa Rica.
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At what point is the movement of people away from their land of origin called a diaspora? A sociologist explores what the term has meant in the past, and why that might soon change.
News about the sewage and pollution in Guanabara Bay in Rio have caused health concerns among Olympic athletes.
Wastewater treatment systems around the world are hamstrung by outdated tests that don't identify a growing array of pathogens or identify the sources of pollutants.
Media at the scene of mall shooting in Munich.
A German culture scholar looks at how rising fear of terror and a week of violence has affected German media and politics. Will Germany's open refugee policies last?