The remains of a burned car outside Gabon’s National Assembly. It was set alight during unrest after the disputed reelection of President Ali Bongo.
Ali Bongo seems to have won Gabon's elections. Yet his contested "victory" has radically changed the political field in this soft democracy, one of Africa's richest and most stable.
Libreville s’est embrasé aussitôt après la proclamation des résultats de l’élection présidentielle.
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Trois présidents depuis l’indépendance en 1960 ; la stabilité politique de cet État faiblement peuplé d’Afrique centrale a longtemps reposé sur un système de redistribution aujourd’hui en panne.
Will this make my tummy hurt?
Pandas are bears – but two million years ago they stopped eating meat. Their digestive systems have not yet adapted, though. Do upset stomachs make panda pregnancy more difficult?
Spiny water flea (
Jake R. Walsh
Invasive species cause some $120 billion in damages across North America yearly -- and that's just direct costs. A study of one species in one Wisconsin lake indicates the real toll is much higher.
Too distressed to learn?
Truckee Meadows Community College
Over five million students of the approximately 11 million students in community colleges nationwide suffer from a mental health problem.
Subprime loans could ease not only the housing affordability crisis but rising homelessness as well.
The Hollywood flick recalls subprime's role in the 2008 financial crisis, but, by helping more low-income households buy a home, the loans can help ease the affordability crisis and homelessness.
Skulls of Homo naledi.
The discovery of Homo naledi has been a social media sensation, recording an extraordinary number of views – more than 170,000 – for a scientific paper.
Jesuit astronomers with Chinese scholars in the 18th century.
Les cahiers de Science et Vie October 2009
As a Jesuit, Pope Francis is part of a long tradition of religious men of science. Will his leadership influence the Catholic Church's stance on contemporary scientific issues?
On the list of students’ struggles are basic necessities – food.
Tulane Public Relations
Students are going hungry on college campuses. The latest survey shows that four in 10 University of California students do not have access to nutritious food.
The skull of Homo naledi is built like those of early Homo species but its brain was just more than half the size of the average ancestor from 2 million years ago.
Despite claims about its age, puzzling combinations of features from Homo naledi gives it an uncanny resemblance to human beings.
To communicate is human – but how did language originally get started?
What can a bunch of people grunting in a lab teach us about our capacity to create language systems? A lot about the gesture- or vocalization-based origins of language.
Are the Minion toys using the F-word?
Bro. Jeffrey Pioquinto, SJ
Did your child just drop the F-bomb? What can you do?
Who really is at a disadvantage among Asian American students?
Are all Asian Americans high-achieving model minorities? What's missing in this argument?
Sesame Street isn’t only a television show.
A recent study concluded that children who watched Sesame Street in the 1970s fared better in school. Why?
What consequences will it have on academic freedom?
The proposal to change Wisconsin tenure rules comes up for a vote by the state’s full Senate and House later this month. What will be the consequences?
Polemical headlines about student debt combined with a lack of good data can leave some students perplexed.
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The remarkable rise in student debt makes for provocative headlines that aren't always supported by the available research.
Nourishment from letters
Four former university presidents speak up for the liberal arts.
Literary awards can have a profound impact on sales – and, in the future, which books get published and promoted.
There’s a lot of attention right now on diversity in children’s books – or, more accurately, the lack of it. It’s not a new problem. White people have been talking about this issue since Nancy Larrick…
Free the seed!
Today, just three companies – Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta – account for about half of all commercial seed sales. More and more, agricultural patents are used to increase the control these and similar…
A different perspective on fracking: wells in the Jonah Field, Wyoming.
The rise of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has ushered in an era of intense drilling that has been called the great shale gas rush. Fracking allows oil and natural gas to be extracted from horizontal…