What makes improvised stage patter more appealing than a canned script?
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Audiences love improvised, off-the-cuff entertainment, and new research suggests it’s because spontaneity seems to offer a glimpse of the performer’s authentic self.
Raw sewage bubbles up in the front yard of a home in Jackson, Mississippi, on Oct. 20, 2021.
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Congress has approved billions of dollars to fix water and sewer systems across the US. But getting that money to needy communities depends on how states define a key word.
Artist’s impression of the PSR J0523-7125 in the Large Magellanic Cloud.
Carl Knox, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav)
The pulsar PSR J0523-7125 is more than ten times brighter than any other radio pulsar outside the Milky Way.
Through her photographs and activism, Letizia Battaglia sought to wrest Palermo from the grip of the Mafia.
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Letizia Battaglia’s images of Mafia bloodshed made it impossible for people to turn a blind eye to the criminal outfit’s reign of terror.
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Fluctuating radio waves that appear to come from near the heart of the Milky Way are a new puzzle for astronomers.
Haitians seeking asylum.
gather July 10, 2021, at the U.S. Embassy in Haiti after the president’s assassination plunged the country further into chaos,
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President Moïse is dead. Two politicians say they’re in charge. Parliament is suspended. A Haitian studies scholar explains Haiti’s power vacuum and says elections alone won’t restore democracy there.
Grants were found to help improve the health, including mental health, of women.
Findings show that income transfer programmes must operate in deliberate coordination with ancillary social service institutions to deliver the maximum benefits for women’s empowerment.
Far-right and ultra-nationalist groups, including the Northern Guard, Proud Boys and individuals wearing Soldiers of Odin patches, gathered to protest the government’s lawsuit settlement with Canadian torture victim Omar Khadr in Toronto in October 2017.
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As the raid on the U.S. Capitol has shown, some kinds of rhetoric can set fire to the world — and it exists in Canada, too. Here’s how to tamp it down and focus on positive forms of rhetoric.
In understanding women’s physical needs, food security emerged as an important issue.
Food security emerged as a major issue for women nearing the end of their lives in Malawi.
Art featuring the slain Rio politician Marielle Franco, whose 2018 murder remains unsolved.
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The 2018 murder of Rio city councilwoman Marielle Franco inspired record numbers of Black women to get involved in politics. Winning proved harder – but it isn’t the only point of their campaigns.
A protestor holds a sign at a Black Lives Matter protest in Charlotte, NC.
Politicians and law enforcement engage in uncivil behaviour that undermines democratic society. Civility is a pre-requisite for empathy, and is essential for difficult conversations.
El astronauta Buzz Aldrin en la Luna durante la misión Apolo 11.
La tecnología que hay detrás del pronóstico del tiempo, el GPS e incluso los teléfonos inteligentes tiene su origen en la carrera espacial.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
The technologies behind weather forecasting, GPS and even smartphones can trace their origins to the race to the Moon.
Neutron star merger.
Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab
Astronomers are getting ready to say good bye to the radio emission from a neutron star merger – one of the most energetic events in the universe – that was detected last year.
The Australia Telescope Compact Array in Narrabri, NSW.
All it took was a single email alert to send the world’s astronomers searching for the source of the latest gravitational wave detected.
Including different facial expressions in fundraising pitches can change how people respond, research suggests.
Seeing cheerful kids in fundraising pitches works better for some potential donors than others, research suggests. Nonprofits may want to tailor their appeals to different audiences because of that.
No more breeding, but still on exhibit.
The history of displaying exotic animals seems to be one of evolving public expectations about what constitutes acceptable conditions. Is it a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same?
Just your everyday community police presence.
Provocative, violent and discriminatory policing has sparked riots in both the UK and America.
Lynda Carter as Diana Prince in the New Original Wonder Woman. Her bullet-deflecting bracelets are made from an impervious metal: feminum.
In the epilogue to Jill Lepore’s new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, we learn about Wonder Woman’s importance to the American feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Lepore briefly notes Wonder…
Just who were the voteres these elections?
Editor’s note: voter turnout in this year’s midterm elections - 36.6% - was lower than in the 2010 midterms (40.9%.) According to the Pew Research Center the “party of non-voters” is more racially diverse…