Obama arrives to give his presidential farewell address.
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The nation needed a full-throated rebuttal to the nativism, racism and misogyny that characterized the president-elect’s campaign. Obama failed to deliver.
In 1945, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt met with King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud, part of a behind-the-scenes policy to ensure access to oil for the U.S. and its allies.
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Big Oil has historically played a behind-the-scenes role on American policy and politics. No longer.
South African women trying to soak up stagnant water during the drought in January 2016.
Climate change imperils food supply in many parts of the world, including South Africa, which has shown major gains in treating HIV/AIDS. Climate change could mean even less food -- and more disease.
Even without iPhones, people in the 19th century liked to see how long they could strike a pose and stay frozen.
Long before smartphones filmed the stiffened appendages of people seeking internet fame, striking a pose was a popular form of entertainment in Victorian England.
Traditional media gatekeepers are toast.
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Researcher who has studied online news for 20 years says people fall for fake news because they don't value journalistic sources and consider themselves and their friends as credible news sources.
The campus community can have different cyber priorities.
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Cyber threats are universal. But the appropriate response may be quite different in academia from what works in the corporate world.
NASA Earth Science Division operating missions, including systems managed by NOAA and USGS.
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A retired rear admiral warns President-elect Trump against cutting NASA's Earth observations, which provide essential data for weather forecasters, businesses, scientists and the armed forces.
Suzi Ailes, right, and Kris Smith study schoolwork for SusQ-Cyber Charter School in their home in Milton, Pennsylvania.
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What Betsy DeVos, an advocate of school-choice initiatives and President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary, as well as the rest of us need to know about cyber charter schools.
Martin Luther King Jr.‘s message of love matters today.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of love was not sentimental. It demanded that individuals tell their oppressors what they were doing was wrong. How can this vision help with community-building today?
Supporters of presidential candidate Al Gore protest during George W. Bush’s inauguration in January 2001. Gore won the popular vote but lost to Bush in the Electoral College.
With two of the past five presidential election winners losing the popular vote, it's hard to justify the continuation of the Electoral College.
Enjoy the full moon’s glow.
Full moons are good reason to look up – and the one on Nov. 14 is no exception. But here’s why you likely won’t see something shockingly different from other full moons you've observed over the years.
A 2004 reenactment of the 1804 duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.
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A philosopher argues that Trumpism may have vulgarized electoral politics, but he has also unwittingly illuminated brilliantly one of America's greatest accomplishments: a civil democracy
A line of people outside the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles.
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How can we possibly know how many millions of people are living in the U.S. illegally? Demographers have actually refined a simple formula that's worked pretty well since the 1970s.
Senator John F. Kennedy speaks to supporters at Chicago Stadium four days before the 1960 election.
While it's unprecedented to call an election 'rigged' before voting has even taken place, there is a history of candidates crying foul after suspicious results.
Cheerleaders and smartphones are in the Supreme Court’s hands.
The Supreme Court is considering two cases stemming from the merger of design and function that could reshape intellectual property law. Can we protect innovation without impeding fair competition?
Digital media has feasted off Donald Trump’s lies.
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Lies, Twitter bots and sensation reign in the era of for-profit digital media.
A protester jumps over a wall erected at Washington State University.
Spending more on border control hasn't stopped migrants from crossing the border. Neither will a wall. Here's why.
Pendant la grossesse, les femmes peuvent ressentir d’étranges fringales.
La grossesse s’accompagne d’une cohorte de bouleversements que les neurosciences n’ont pas fini d’explorer : la maladresse, les fringales et les sautes d’humeur.
Do we contain the most elaborate set of instructions?
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The answer – fewer than are in a banana – has implications for the study of human health and raises questions about what generates complexity anyway.
President Barack Obama tours Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument on Midway Atoll, U.S.
President Obama has set aside more water and land than any president in history. But he didn't invent unilateral presidential powers.