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In Europe, women politicians were even more likely to respond to female constituents who asked for help. Ponomariova_Maria via Getty

Women politicians more likely to reply to people who reach out in need, study shows

Researchers posed as constituents and emailed 3,685 legislators in 11 countries in Europe and Latin America to ask for help. Responsiveness varied by gender by up to 13 percentage points.
George Aubert rescues one of his chickens from rising floodwaters caused by Hurricane Matthew in Fair Bluff, North Carolina, in 2016. Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Worsening hurricane season threatens billions of chickens

More than half the US production of broiler chickens is in states along the coast frequently struck by hurricanes.
Researchers take a closer look at how activities that engage the whole family can help young distance learners build STEM skills. MoMo Productions/Getty Images

Getting kids – and their caregivers – to practice STEM at home

A new hands-on learning program helps families with young children build their engineering skills.
Researchers examined the quality of students’ internship experience. Juanmonino/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Paid internships elusive for women and Asian college students

Findings add to growing concerns about the wage gap between men and women – as well as a gap between Asians and whites.
Teachers organize their socially distanced students at Weaver Elementary School in Rossmoor, California. Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

Failure to shore up state budgets may hit women’s wallets especially hard

When the federal government doesn't intervene during downturns, the states often cut school spending. In turn, teachers may earn less or lose their jobs. And three in four teachers are female.
Real estate prices are still related to a neighborhood’s racial composition, despite laws prohibiting the explicit consideration of race in appraisals. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Homes in Black and Latino neighborhoods still undervalued 50 years after US banned using race in real estate appraisals

New research shows homes in white areas have appreciated $200,000 more since 1980 than similar homes in nonwhite areas – a result of both old racist housing policies and modern real estate practices.
Continuing to engage in mental challenges keeps the brain from deteriorating in early retirement. Westend61/Getty Images

Retiring early can be bad for the brain

A study of a retirement program in China found that people who retired early suffered significant cognitive decline that put them at risk of early onset of dementia.
It has always been folly to believe that sports were separate from power and politics. AP Photo/Terrance Williams

The numbers behind America’s 180 on athlete activism

For decades, athletes, as a general rule, steered clear of politics. Teams and sponsors liked it that way, and fans did, too. No more.
New research aims to give phone companies tools to help curb robocalls. Peter Dazeley/The Image Bank via Getty Images

Does ignoring robocalls make them stop? Here’s what we learned from getting 1.5 million calls on 66,000 phone lines

The plague of unsolicited automated phone calls isn't abating. By studying robocalls, scholars at the Robocall Observatory are developing ways to help shut them down.

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