Former President Donald Trump’s many missteps made him an easy target for amateur jokesters.
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While derision and mockery permeate airwaves and social media feeds, satire holds the key to creating a more informed, engaged electorate.
Salman Rushdie speaks at the PEN America Literary Gala on May 18, 2023, in New York City.
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The constitutionality of the recent wave of proposed book bans is unclear, as the US Supreme Court has given states wide latitude to regulate what is read in public schools and libraries.
When two massive objects – like black holes or neutron stars – merge, they warp space and time.
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Upgrades to the hardware and software of the advanced observatory should allow astrophysicists to detect much fainter gravitational waves than before.
Tech toys may claim to be educational – but those claims often aren’t backed by science.
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Two experts on children’s play explain why you should be skeptical of toys that are advertised as being educational, and what to look for instead.
A high school student in California holds a sign in protest of her school district’s ban on critical race theory curriculum.
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There have been numerous efforts to limit students’ access to books and curricula about certain historical and societal topics. But history itself shows democracy suffers when people are uninformed.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen doesn’t want to look back in anger over a debt deadline missed.
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If the US fails to increase its debt ceiling by June 1, it could be forced into an embarrassing – and hugely costly – default on its obligations.
Security guards separate guests on an episode of ‘The Jerry Springer Show’ titled ‘I am pregnant by my half-brother.’
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As ‘The Jerry Springer Show’ climbed the ratings ladder, the censorship bleep, which masked the slew of insults lobbed by warring guests, became a star of the show.
Most tumors are made up of many different kinds of cancer cells, as shown in this pancreatic cancer sample from a mouse.
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There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating cancer. Understanding how cancer cells evolve could help researchers develop more effective drugs.
The alleged sexual abuse that led to this settlement occurred from 1944 through 2016.
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This is a green light for creating the largest-ever compensation fund for sex abuse claims.
The Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich faces up to 20 years behind bars on espionage charges.
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A scholar of Russia’s legal code explains the case against the Wall Street Journal reporter accused of espionage.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy said the House would vote on a debt ceiling bill ‘within weeks.’
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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy agreed to raise the debt ceiling – and avoid an unprecedented US default – but only if Democrats agree to freeze spending and agree to several other demands.
Sprinklers water a lettuce field in Holtville, California with Colorado River water.
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Two decades of drought have reduced the river’s flow by one-third compared to historical averages. The Biden administration is considering mandatory cuts to some states’ water allocations.
The United States and Israel are close allies, but their alliance has had ups and downs over the years.
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President Joe Biden recently spoke out in support of the ongoing protests in Israel, raising some observers’ eyebrows about the ties between Israel and the US.
The new generation of AI tools makes it a lot easier to produce convincing misinformation.
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Powerful new AI systems could amplify fraud and misinformation, leading to widespread calls for government regulation. But doing so is easier said than done and could have unintended consequences.
One distinction between a snail and a slug: The snail has a shell.
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These members of the mollusk family may be slow, small and slimy, but they are an indispensable part of the ecosystem.
Pills are one of the more common ways of ingesting opioids.
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Pennsylvania has long had one of the highest death rates from drug overdose in the US. But new studies suggest counties throughout the state have different rates of opioid deaths.
Black voters are punishing anti-democratic candidates at the ballot box.
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A survey of more than 12,000 US voters found that Black Americans are among the most hopeful about the direction of politics – and they are turning that emotion into action at the polls.
Waiting for repairs can cost farmers time and money.
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Corporations restrict what farmers can do with their own seeds, as well as their farm equipment when it breaks down.
A Catholic Ash Wednesday service at St. Thomas Cathedral Basilica in Chennai, India, in 2022.
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A roundup of The Conversation’s articles about this holy Christian season and its history.
Russian President Putin thought he would overrun Ukraine in a few days. These military volunteers and fellow Ukrainians ‘had other ideas,’ writes the author.
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For a scholar who studies how different generations reacted to the end of the Soviet empire, the war in Ukraine is a collision of the professional and the personal.