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Though Chief Wahoo won’t appear on uniforms, there’s no reason to think that the mascot won’t endure on signs, clothing and memorabilia. Arturo Pardavila III

The Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo isn’t going away anytime soon

Research on the relationship between mascots and fandom shows just how tricky it is to truly eradicate a mascot from a region's collective identity.
Research suggests that suicides by racial and ethnic minorities are undercounted. Joseph Sohm/shutterstock.com

Suicide isn’t just a ‘white people thing’

Many cultures still experience silence and shame around mental health issues. But that doesn't mean they don't need help.
Conversations about Australia Day feel so polarised. David Moir/AAP

How to have a better conversation about Australia Day

Debates around changing the date of Australia Day tend to run afoul of our sense of social identity, but there are ways to cut through and have a good conversation.
How do harsher measures to counter possible terrorist attacks impact our relation to political life and to citizenship ? frankieleon/Flickr

Counter-terrorism policies play an important role in shaping a national identity narrative’: Conversation with Lee Jarvis

Counter-terrorism policies have social and political impacts on citizenship, identity and our perception of self and the Other. Through the British case, Lee Jarvis discusses his latest research with Sylvain Antichan.
English language minority students can struggle to express themselves authentically in online courses if they are new to the conventions of Western discourse and written academic style. (Shutterstock)

Online learning punishes minority students, but video chats can help

The discourse and structure of online learning can exclude English language minority students. Techniques such as video chats, "safe houses" and content-focused grading can support their success.
When school gets tough, do you think it’s worthwhile? Or time to give up? Pavlin Plamenov Petkov/Shutterstock.com

Do challenges make school seem impossible or worthwhile?

A high school science test, a Psych 101 course, long job applications: Sometimes it's hard to be motivated to succeed. As it turns out, how you respond to difficulty and ease can make all the difference.
No need for a bank: Just a smartphone and a blockchain. Houman Haddad/UN World Food Program

Can blockchain technology help poor people around the world?

Already becoming a darling of Wall Street, blockchain technology's biggest real benefits could come to the world's poorest people. Here's how.

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