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‘Rhetoric’ has a bad rap – but some of the original rhetoricians’ techniques can actually help foster productive conversations. smartboy10/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images

‘Rhetoric’ doesn’t need to be such an ugly word – it has a lot to teach echo-chambered America

Ancient Greek philosophers despised the Sophists’ rhetoric because it searched for relative truth, not absolutes. But learning how to do that thoughtfully can help constructive debates.
People protest outside of the United Nations headquarters in April 2023 demanding the return of Ukrainian children from Russia. Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

What the Iraq War can teach the US about avoiding a quagmire in Ukraine – 3 key lessons

It’s been more than 20 years since the US invaded Iraq, but the invasion still provides a cautionary tale about getting involved in an expensive war abroad.
Una mujer en Crimea mira la retransmisión televisiva del discurso del presidente ruso Vladimir Putin el 21 de febrero de 2023. Stringer/AFP vía Getty Images

Aumenta la tensión nuclear tras suspender Rusia el último acuerdo sobre armas nucleares con EE.UU.

El anuncio de Putin de que Rusia dejará de participar en el Nuevo START pone en pausa el último acuerdo sobre armas nucleares que queda entre Estados Unidos y Rusia.
High blood pressure has no symptoms, so you could have it and not be aware. nortonsx/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Many Americans wrongly assume they understand what normal blood pressure is – and that false confidence can be deadly

Nearly half of all Americans ages 20 and up have high blood pressure. Yet research shows that most people in the US don’t know the cutoff numbers for healthy blood pressure.
Prompts like this sign in Coalinga, California, may get people to use less water – but paying them could be more effective. Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

A new strategy for western states to adapt to long-term drought: Customized water pricing

Even after January’s storms, California faces a water-scarce future. An economist and an engineer propose a way to test higher water prices as a conservation strategy without hurting low-income users.
Fathers’ brains adjust their structure and function to parenthood. María Paternina-Die

Fatherhood changes men’s brains, according to before-and-after MRI scans

Neuroscientists know that pregnant mothers’ brains change in ways that appear to help with caring for a baby. Now researchers have identified changes in new fathers’ brains, too.
US President Joe Biden shakes hands with Indonesian President and G20 host Joko Widodo at the 2022 summit in Nusa Dua, Bali. ANTARA FOTO/Media Center G20 Indonesia/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/wsj.

What is the G20 summit in Bali? Who’s there? And what are the top 3 topics on the agenda?

With “Recover Together, Recover Stronger” as its theme, the 2022 summit has global health, digital transformation, and a sustainable energy transition high on the agenda.
Presiden Joko Widodo (kanan) berjabat tangan dengan Presiden Amerika Serikat Joe Biden saat pertemuan bilateral di sela rangkaian kegiatan KTT G20 Indonesia di Nusa Dua, Bali, Senin (14/11/2022). ANTARA FOTO/Media Center G20 Indonesia/Akbar Nugroho Gumay/wsj.

G20 2022 Bali: memahami istilah penting dan tujuan berkumpulnya kepala negara ekonomi terbesar di dunia

Masih banyak masyarakat yang belum memahami apa itu G20, apa tujuannya dan apa gunanya bagi negara-negara di seluruh dunia secara umum, dan bagi Indonesia secara khusus.
Necesita estar preparado para poder votar el día de las elecciones. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Qué hacer si su derecho a votar es impugnado el día de las elecciones

El día de las elecciones en el centro de votación le dicen a usted que no está registrado como votante o que no tiene derecho a votar. Una abogada de derechos civiles ofrece una guía para que los votantes conozcan los derechos que tienen de votar.


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