Galileo, holding two balls, about to perform his legendary experiment.
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A centuries-old experiment shows the differences between classical and modern physics. Physicists use thought experiments like this to think about how objects move both on Earth and in the stars.
Straw-coloured fruit bats at Kasanka National Park, Zambia.
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Monitoring and protecting the Kasanka bat colony helps protect bats from the entire sub-continent, and thus supports ecosystem services in a wide area.
La escritora Ursula Parrott, fotografiada con su hijo Marc en 1935.
En un principio, ‘Ex-Wife’ superó en ventas a ‘El gran Gatsby’, pero la crítica se burló de la novela por considerarla un melodrama de época, a pesar de que abordaba temas intemporales como el género, el dinero y el poder.
Writer Ursula Parrott, pictured with her son, Marc, in 1935.
‘Ex-Wife’ originally outsold ‘The Great Gatsby,’ but critics sniffed at the novel, deeming it a melodramatic period piece − even though it tackled timeless issues like gender, money and power.
Research shows that campus employment and relationships with peers help college students succeed.
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Forming study groups and reaching out to professors can greatly improve a first-year student’s chances for success.
Packaging excavated radioactive materials at the Hanford site in Washington state.
Nuclear weapons production and testing contaminated many sites across the US and exposed people unknowingly to radiation and toxic materials. Some have gone uncompensated for decades.
The gap between breaking waves in North Carolina indicates a rip current flowing away from shore.
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Rip currents are a leading cause of near-shore drownings, but there are effective ways to survive one. And these phenomena also play important ecological roles that are an emerging research area.
Pat Robertson, the host of the long-running daily television show “The 700 Club,” in 2016.
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A scholar of religion and politics explains how Robertson led the way in blending religion with political commentary and paved the way for a wider influence of Christian media on American culture.
President Carter’s interest in southern Africa was crucial to keeping the peace.
Carter’s work in Zimbabwe forms a significant and under appreciated part of his legacy
A new federal regulation will set national limits on two ‘forever chemicals’ widely found in drinking water.
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The Biden administration is finalizing the first federal limits on two compounds, PFOA and PFOS, in drinking water. These so-called ‘forever chemicals’ have been linked to numerous health effects.
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. relaxes at home in May 1956 in Montgomery, Alabama.
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As Martin Luther King Jr. gained national prominence, the FBI launched several investigations to prove that King and his radical allies were communist sympathizers and a danger to America.
Many citizen science projects rely on volunteers to collect data in the field.
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The homogeneity of citizen science volunteers undercuts the ability of these projects to bring science to underserved communities.
Sylvia Plath wrote a series of 14 intensely personal letters to her psychologist that were only recently uncovered.
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Two poems that were originally excised from ‘Ariel,’ Plath’s seminal poetry collection, vividly channel the painful experience of losing an unborn child.
Time spent mentoring students is often ignored when it comes to faculty salary and promotion decisions.
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If colleges want to address systemic racism within their institutions, they can start by crediting female faculty members of color for work that gets overlooked. A group of higher ed researchers explains how.
Play is especially important during the summer months, when kids tend to be less active.
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Public and community health experts highlight four ways that communities can collaborate to encourage physical activity and fun.
The are massive numbers of bird species named after European surnames.
Ecology is dominated by colonial notions and knowledge that doesn’t consider local knowledge. This needs to change.
New research suggests that Venus’ crust is broken into large blocks – the dark reddish–purple areas – that are surrounded by belts of tectonic structures shown in lighter yellow–red.
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Researchers used decades-old radar data and found that some low-lying areas of Venus’ crust are moving and jostling. This evidence is some of the strongest yet of tectonic activity on Venus.
Eviction remains a threat for Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah.
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The plight of residents in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of east Jerusalem highlights a history of Palestinians’ claims to land being ignored, argues a scholar of the Ottoman Empire.
Two new NASA missions hope to answer important questions about Venus’ past.
Two new NASA missions – VERITAS and DAVINCI+ – are headed to Venus. The missions will use radar and a probe to learn about Earth’s hard-to-study and potentially prophetic neighbor.
A big increase in use car prices drove the inflation rate higher in April.
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The average price of US goods and services surged in April, leading some to worry the economy is beginning to experience dangerously high levels of inflation. A scholar explains why that’s unlikely.