What does it mean when public figures say sorry?
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Public apologies are a type of performance before a larger audience, and they are to be understood in terms that are different from a private apology.
How many times do we wonder, ‘what’s the right thing to do’?
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A scholar suggests a few approaches that have withstood the test of time.
Upbeat delegates at the December 2017 conference of Germany’s anti-immigration party, the AfD.
Over three months since Germans voted in national elections, preliminary talks are due to start Jan. 7 on forming a coalition government. What has taken so long?
Lucian Wintrich, left, leaves court on Dec. 11 after charges of breach of peace were dropped. In November, Wintrich had delivered a speech at the University of Connecticut titled ‘It’s OK To Be White.’
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A majority of white Americans now believe that white people experience racial discrimination, and memes like #ItsOkayToBeWhite are only fanning the flames.
Flooding in Port Arthur, Texas during Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 31, 2017. According to the Climate Science Special Report released on Nov. 2, heavy precipitation events are becoming more frequent and intense in most regions of the world.
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On Nov. 2 the White House posted a detailed climate science report without comment. The Trump administration is unlikely to heed it, but it could boost state, local and private sector action.
Simulation of two neutron stars merging.
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The gravitational wave itself is the least exciting part of the announcement from LIGO and Virgo. Observing this new source answers many longstanding questions.
Drug addiction isn't about bad habits, fear of withdrawal or a selfish search for pleasure. It's about the brain.
Lean on me for a better night’s sleep.
Studies suggest that, even when we go to bed alone, the company we keep by day may determine how well we sleep at night.
One of the impacts of climate change is an increase in the frequency of heavy rain events.
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The Trump administration's decision to dismiss or accept a government-prepared climate report will have life-or-death consequences, says a climate scientist involved in the previous report.
LGBT veterans march in a Boston parade. Contrary to what some may say, the military has a long history of embracing socially marginalized groups.
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Whether it be African-Americans, Catholics or transgender people, the armed forces have played a vital role in shaping US social policy toward the country's minorities.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the students on July 21, 2017.
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Stepping back from the current crisis in US-Russia relations, a Soviet expert asks: what's in store for Russia in the long term, and is a peaceful transition possible when Putin's gig is up?
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The sun is more powerful today than when we last had similar levels of carbon in the atmosphere.
Injured people are evacuated from the scene of a militant attack on a mosque in northern Sinai, Egypt on Nov. 24, 2017.
A new attack on a Sufi mosque in Egypt drives home the hatred of Islamic State and other some other Muslim groups for the Sufi traditions of inclusiveness and mystical worship.
GE’s shift away from finance may mean more focus on other products, such as jet engines.
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GE's push into finance nearly crippled the company, just as the broader US shift in that direction almost collapsed the global economy.
The new political kids on the block celebrate.
The June 7 elections were no doubt one of the most critical in modern Turkish history.
After defeat in the 2012 election, it is back to the drawing board for the Republican Party. But will they address the true concerns of the electorate?
Tuesday, November 6 was a game changer. The Republican Party in the United States has come to understand that the political environment has been altered. White males can no longer dictate the results of…
Recent extreme weather doesn’t tell us how the future will be.
Are we now experiencing the “new normal” climate? Let’s look at the recent evidence: A storm of historic proportions is moving up the east coast as a Nor’easter without precedent, since no such storm has…