An Australian warship is seen off the coast of Papua New Guinea in 2018.
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Papua New Guinea’s relative proximity to both China and Australia could give the US a military advantage in the Pacific region.
Joe Biden doesn’t need to be popular to win the 2024 election – he just needs his opponent to be more unpopular.
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It doesn’t make for inspiring politics, but political scientists have determined that for candidates, it’s more valuable to have an unpopular opponent than to be personally popular yourself.
Fires are increasing in high mountain areas that rarely burned in the past.
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Fires here can affect meltwater timing and water quality, worsen erosion that triggers mudslides, and much more, as two scientists explain.
A voter casts his ballot at an early voting location in Alexandria, Va., Sept. 26, 2022.
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A loud chorus of Democrats – and some Republicans, too – has for years claimed gerrymandering is costing their party seats in Congress. Is it true?
Researchers discovered a way to turn superglue into strong, clear plastic that can be made into many shapes.
Researchers have developed a method for producing strong plastic materials by tweaking the chemical structure of superglue.
These stowaways can do a lot of damage.
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Invasive species cause billions of dollars in damage across the US every year. Hikers and backpackers can take simple steps to avoid spreading seeds and making the problem worse.
Presiden Cina Xi Jinping (kiri) berjalan bersama Presiden Rusia Vladimir Putin.
Hubungan Cina dan Rusia terlihat rumit. Tetapi keputusan Cina untuk mendukung Rusia dalam perang di Ukraina pada akhirnya bermuara pada kepentingan politik Cina sendiri.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, met with his then-Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in March 2022 in Huangshan.
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China and Russia’s relationship is complex. But China’s decision to support Russia’s war on Ukraine could ultimately come down to China’s own political interests.
Outside of teaching and writing, Samuel Steward took up tattooing.
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The ability of professors to freely teach and write about controversial topics without fear of retribution is nothing new.
The Chinese spy balloon flies over Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Feb. 4, 2023.
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Espionage routinely plays out between countries like the US and China. But a public spectacle like the Chinese spy balloon can change the game.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, center, arrives at a military camp in Quezon City, Philippines, on Feb. 2, 2023.
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The agreement lets the US expand its access across military bases in the Philippines, unfolding a new chapter in the countries’ long military history.
GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy wants to be speaker of the House.
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The Congress that ended on Jan. 3, 2023, had 15 vacancies, a rate unmatched since the 1950s. If that rate continues, whoever leads the now-closely divided House will face trouble.
Paternal and maternal genes drive fetal development in different directions.
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Genetic conflict may play a role in pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, as well as developmental disorders.
John Fetterman, left, relentlessly ridiculed Mehmet Oz, right, with the label ‘carpetbagger’ during the U.S. Senate campaign, which Fetterman ultimately won.
In the hard-fought contest between John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz for the US Senate, Fetterman slammed Oz with charges he was a carpetbagger. That may have helped Fetterman win the race.
After a mistake, people may try to correct the error with an intentional wrong judgment, this time in favor of the previously wronged party.
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Erroneous calls increase the chances of subsequent calls in favor of the person who was harmed. What drives this behavior, and do people even recognize they’re doing it?
A Fetterman campaign billboard on the New Jersey/Pennsylvania border.
In Pennsylvania, one Senate candidate is pounding the other for his lack of local roots. A political scientist studied accusations of carpetbagging – and found there is a home field advantage.
A family in northern Siberia watches – but decides not to hunt – a musk ox that wandered into the area where they live.
Traditional ecological knowledge, or TEK, can encompass science, medicine, ecology, religion and culture – and help protect the environment.
Russian military cadets rehearse for the Victory Day military parade in St. Petersburg on May 5, 2022.
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Western officials say that Russia may officially declare war on Ukraine on May 9. An international relations expert explains why this day is significant, and why a war declaration would matter.
Since the mid-1990s, people have been doing less and less walking or bicycling to work and school and spending a lot more time staring at screens.
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Research is revealing that fitness trackers alone can be helpful facilitators toward changing a sedentary lifestyle but don’t motivate people to increase their physical activity.
Replacing ships like the Moskva will be pricey. The flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet recently sank after suffering damage.
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Russia is on the verge of defaulting on its foreign debt, which not only could have severe economic consequences but could also complicate Putin’s ability to wage a prolonged war in Ukraine.