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Historically, the high-water mark for American dissatisfaction with government was the 1970s — the era of Vietnam, Nixon and Watergate. AP Photo/John Duricka

Americans distrusted US democracy long before Trump’s Russia problem

Russian meddling has shaken Americans' faith in democracy. But public discontent after a scandal is hardly new. Trust in government began to erode under Nixon, and it's mostly worsened since then.
Maasai women on a conservation project in Kenya. Joan de la Malla

Indigenous peoples are crucial for conservation – a quarter of all land is in their hands

A new map shows that more than 25% of all land outside Antarctica is held and managed by Indigenous peoples. This makes these communities vital allies in the global conservation effort.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stated recently that guns are not a focus of a federal school safety commission meant to tackle school shootings. Africa Studio/www.shutterstock.com

School safety commission misses the mark by ignoring guns

After Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said a school safety commission won't focus on guns, a school safety scholar says the commission may miss an important part of the discussion.
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a Cabinet meeting in Moscow’s Kremlin. AP/Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik

Russia, Putin lead the way in exploiting democracy’s lost promise

Vladimir Putin's recent re-election was bad news for democracy in Russia. And it's a major loss in the struggle for liberalism, as anti-democratic leaders are assuming power across the globe.
A student retrieves her belongings from Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, where a gunman opened fire on May 18 and killed 10 people. David J. Phillip/AP

Improving school climate, not just security, is key to violence prevention

School climate and culture are just as important, if not more, than security measures when it comes to preventing school violence, a scholar argues.
Should an algorithm try to guess what gender people are by how they look? all_is_magic/Shutterstock.com

Gender is personal – not computational

It can be unpleasant to be mistaken for someone of a different gender. When an algorithm does it secretly, it's even more concerning – especially for transgender and gender-nonconforming people.
A mother in the Mother Goose on the Loose program reading to her infant. University of Maryland Medical System Foundation

Reading and singing to preemies helps parents feel comfortable with their fragile babies

A new program has been show to help parents of preemies use their voice to foster their premature baby’s language development. The findings are hopeful, the researchers behind the program say.
Cities and towns are becoming more technologically sophisticated – but remain vulnerable to attack. It Never Ends/Pixabay

Local governments’ cybersecurity crisis in 8 charts

Local governments don't pay much attention to cybersecurity, leaving them vulnerable to hijacking as happened to Atlanta and Baltimore.
Police help students at Great Mills High School in Maryland, after a shooting there in March 2018. Alex Brandon/AP

A school resource officer in every school?

A new law and Maryland calls for an expanded law enforcement presence in Maryland schools. But lack of funding and inadequate training could potentially undermine the initiative.
What’s inside Olympians’ skis? AP Photo/Luca Bruno

Making skis strong enough for Olympians to race on

Highly engineered composite materials let skis ride smoothly, carve neatly and turn quickly – for top athletes and regular consumers alike.
The tech sector has long had a diversity problem. AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

White men may be biggest winners when a city snags Amazon’s HQ2

Amazon, like the entire tech sector, has suffered from a lack of diversity in its workforce. This trend is likely to continue when it opens a second headquarters in one of 20 cities.

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