Algae overload: Lake Erie algal bloom 2011.
The same conditions – ultimately tied to nutrient runoff – that created the damaging toxic blooms and dead zones in US waterways of recent years are forecast to return this year.
Can science help the developing world stave off a food crisis?
The challenges of feeding a hungry planet are many. Gene editing crops to be more productive, nutritious or hardy could help, but concerns about GMOs abound.
Scrubs or lab coat?
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Clothing for doctors is more than just a matter of personal style. It's also about making a good impression on patients.
Diagnosing sepsis isn’t easy.
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Even though sepsis is growing more common, doctors still have trouble diagnosing it.
Laudato Si’ challenges us to examine the root causes of environmental ills and injustices.
The pope's encyclical Laudato Si' tells us to protect nature and act on climate change for more than reasons of self interest.
How can technology be harnessed to teach children in an effective way?
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How can we prepare children for a tech world while fighting the distractions it inevitably brings?
International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified UV-emitting tanning devices as a Group I carcinogen – the most dangerous cancer-causing substances.
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Researchers have estimated that 8% of the five million cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year in the US can be attributed to indoor tanning.
Most private sector workers are feeling fatter wallets these days because inflation has been so low.
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Inflation-adjusted wages for most private-sector workers are the highest since 1979.
Millions tune in to the Women’s World Cup, but how many follow teams at the club level?
The Women's World Cup has become a hugely popular, global event. But what's happening at the club level?
But who will come out to talk with the public?
Universities may be facing a crisis of relevance but a growing number of academics are tackling this issue head on.
For contraception, choice and access are critical.
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In May, the White House clarified the guidelines for contraceptive coverage, ending cost containment practices that made it hard for some women to access the method of their choice.
Still chugging: the operation of existing nuclear plants in the US is being extended far beyond their expected life.
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We cannot eliminate the inherent risks of nuclear power but it is rigorously monitored and has a proven performance of delivering zero-carbon electricity.
The subprime mortgage scandals hit Baltimore hard.
Predatory lending and the subprime mortgage crises as well as a history of economic injustice fueled the Baltimore protests.
Another way to change the carbon balance: trees.
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Divestment campaigns aim to halt the use of fossil fuels, but the climate can be also stabilized through ‘recarbonization’ techniques, such as reforestation and changing agricultural practices.
Can Pope Francis spread the idea that protecting nature a moral issue?
The upcoming encyclical from Pope Francis can transform the climate change culture wars in America.
The ultimate problem: intensive corn production.
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A law signed into effect last week seeks to reduce fertilizer runoff that causes toxic algae blooms. But to really address the problem requires taking a hard look at how America farms.
Too many free riders, and the system of organized labor collapses.
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Labor unions dub the laws allowing unionized workers to avoid paying dues "right-to-freeload."
Climate change: the debate is not about science.
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Rancorous discussion over climate change is not about science; it's about clashing world views.
Security experts discovered that the iVote practice server was vulnerable to tampering; after checking that the same weakness affected the real voting server, they alerted the authorities.
Vanessa Teague and Alex Halderman
UPDATED 3PM: The NSW Electoral Commission has now publicly commented on the security flaw we uncovered. But we're concerned that it does not seem to understand the serious implications of this attack.
Sweet, sweet donuts.
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The company is bowing to pressure to take the food whitener titanium dioxide out of its powdered sugar.