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American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, shown here at the 2017 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters tournament, could become the first American-born world chess champion since Bobby Fischer. David Llada/American Chess Magazine

5 things to know about Fabiano Caruana and his quest to become world chess champion

Daaim Shabazz, an international business professor and chess journalist, explains what's at stake as American grandmaster Fabiano Caruana fights for the World Chess Championship in London this month.
What do synchronized vibrations add to the mind/body question? agsandrew/Shutterstock.com

Could consciousness all come down to the way things vibrate?

A resonance theory of consciousness suggests that the way all matter vibrates, and the tendency for those vibrations to sync up, might be a way to answer the so-called 'hard problem' of consciousness.
Reigning Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen, left, from Norway, and American challenger Fabiano Caruana will face off in the World Chess Championship, which begins Nov. 9 in London. Matt Dunham/AP

Myths and unknowns about chess and the contenders for the World Chess Championship

With the World Chess Championship set to begin Nov. 9 in London, Alexey Root, who teaches online courses about chess in education, tackles some myths and unknowns about the royal game.
A pod of narwhals (Monodon monoceros) in central Baffin Bay. Narwhals are the most vulnerable animals to increased ship traffic in the Arctic Ocean. Kristin Laidre/University of Washington

As Arctic ship traffic increases, narwhals and other unique animals are at risk

Climate change is shrinking Arctic sea ice and opening the region to ship traffic. Whales, seals and other marine mammals could be at risk unless nations adopt rules to protect them.
Currently, there are 84 women in the U.S. House of Representatives. That number is about to rise to at least 100. Office of Nancy Pelosi

How many women does it take to change a broken Congress?

Research shows that women work more collaboratively than men in groups and create more inclusive solutions to thorny problems. More women in Washington could bridge America's yawning partisan divide.
A member of Veterans for Peace marches during the annual Veterans Day parade in New York, Nov. 11, 2017. AP/Andres Kudacki

Veterans have fought in wars – and fought against them

Veterans of past wars have long been at the forefront of peace advocacy in the United States.
Las encuestas de salida indican que el demócrata Beto O’Rourke consiguió el 63% del voto latino en Texas, y parece que los latinos han votado hasta alcanzar cifras históricas. Pero no fue suficiente para ganar. AP Photo/Eric Gay

Elecciones EEUU: Población latina puede ser una fuerza electoral en 2020

La alta participación política latina en las elecciones legislativas de EEUU demostró que estos votantes apoyará a las campañas que abordan los problemas que les preocupan, una gran lección para 2020.
Pakistani religious groups protest against a Supreme Court decision that acquitted Asia Bibi, who was accused of blasphemy, in Islamabad, Pakistan. AP Photo/B.K. Bangash

Blasphemy law is repealed in Ireland, enforced in Pakistan – and a problem in many Christian and Muslim countries

There has been outrage over the release of a Christian woman accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. An expert explains how blasphemy laws are hardly obsolete throughout the West.