When is the right time to wave the green flag?
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Federal authorities have input, but states reign supreme – unless they decide to let local governments make the call.
Every known culture on Earth has special words for kids to call their parents.
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One anthropologist found 1,072 similar words for 'mom' and 'dad' in the world's languages. It turns out a mix of biology, culture and encouragement from parents explains this phenomenon.
A meeting of President Abraham Lincoln and his Cabinet.
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When fighting a lethal foe on home soil, Lincoln expertly managed leading politicians; related well with the people; and dealt clearly with the military.
Using new technology to answer questions about shark reproduction.
Researchers are using a newly developed satellite tag to study previously unknown aspects of tiger shark reproduction. This approach could be used on other difficult-to-study shark species.
The federal government wants Australians to sign up to the TraceTogether app, which logs your social interactions via bluetooth. But how much privacy will we sacrifice to combat COVID-19?
Sun, sea and social irresponsibility? Spring breakers in Florida.
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Many teens and college students are continuing to hook up and attend gatherings. Peer pressure and the way younger minds interpret risk could be to blame.
Many students scammed by for-profit colleges are still looking for student loan relief.
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For-profit colleges have a history of deceptive practices that have left thousands of students in the lurch, two higher education scholars warn.
A ministry program student at a Texas prison. Some inmates cite religion to avoid gang recruitment.
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Gangs are still a significant reality in US prisons. But most inmates say that their power has been watered down, and they no longer rule facilities with an iron fist.
Journalists have been telling the public about the coronavirus.
There's a lot of scholarship, but a likely reason is pretty basic: People simply don't trust what they're reading and hearing.
A patriotic pooch.
A dog psychologist looks at the presidential candidates' relationships with dogs.
The ‘Christ of the Pacific’ statue in Lima has caused controversy in Peru because of its financing by a graft-tainted Brazilian construction company. Both religion and corruption loomed large in Peru’s 2020 legislative elections.
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After a bribery scandal that took down four presidents and led Congress to dissolve, some Peruvians are putting their faith in an austere religion called the Israelites of the New Universal Pact.
A demonstrator protesting a disputed election wearing a headband in support of the Green Movement, Tehran, June 15, 2009.
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The conflict between Iran and the US has gone on for decades. A scholar of social movements in Iran asks why the US has consistently failed to support that country's activist reform movements.
Brokered conventions are a cloak-and-dagger affair. Just ask Henry Clay.
Some Democrats are fearing chaos at the convention if no candidate meets the nomination threshold. History suggests they are right to be concerned.
Prince performs at Minneapolis’ First Avenue nightclub in August 1983.
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Prince was a musical genius, but he didn't come of age in a vacuum. A human geographer explains how Minneapolis' unique musical culture nurtured and inspired the budding star.
Trump has employed the services of constitutional law expert Alan Dershowitz.
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Trump's backers say he is shielded from removal as no criminal offense took place. But this view may be at odds with the original intent of the impeachment clause.
A planet-forming disk made from rock and gas surrounds a young star.
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Why isn't there an endless variety of planets in the universe? An astrophysicist explains why planets only come in two flavors.
Some researchers believe atheists are disliked because people link their lack of belief to an overall lack of values.
Many Americans have a distrust of atheists. A group of researchers found that some of the distrust relates to beliefs about atheists' family values.
A 2012 training session between two New York police officers demonstrated a way stop-and-frisk encounters could be handled.
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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized for his city's 'stop-and-frisk' police strategy. Two criminologists argue it isn't necessarily inherently racist – though New York's program was.
In a recent study, women doctors were more likely to be introduced by their first names rather than by their titles.
A recent study looked at how female doctors were introduced at a lecture series compared to how male doctors were introduced. The title 'Dr.' was used much more often for men.
Supporters of former Bolivian president Evo Morales rally with indigenous flags outside the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, Nov. 18, 2019.
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Indigenous people, symbols and religious practices filled the halls of power in Bolivia during Evo Morales' 14-year tenure. Now a new conservative Christian leader seems to be erasing that legacy.