U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens winds up to throw out the first pitch before the start of the Chicago Cubs game on Sept. 14, 2005. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Justice Stevens, Babe Ruth and the best law clerk assignment ever

Former US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens passed away on July 16. One of his former law clerks recalls her most memorable assignment.
What are the differences between planned assisted childbirth with midwife at home versus delivery with obstetrician at a hospital? M-SUR/Shutterstock.com

Home birth may start babies off with health-promoting microbes

Evidence suggests that microbes play a vital role in health. But what microbes we get depends whether we were born in a hospital versus at home. That could impact our health decades later.
Washington state has passed a measure to cover college tuition for students from low- and moderate-income families. VDB Photos/Shutterstock.com

Washington state’s big bet on ‘free college’

A new law in Washington state that makes college mostly free for many students is meant to prepare more residents from the state for jobs in the local economy. Whether it will work remains to be seen.
The far side looks a lot like the near side. NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

What’s on the far side of the Moon?

The far side of the Moon sees its share of sunlight – it's dark only in the sense that it's mysterious because it's never visible from Earth. Here's why.
Research is mixed about whether children lose learning during summer break. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

5 things parents need to know about ‘summer loss’

While many studies and news articles say children lose academically over the summer break, a researcher says the worries are exaggerated.

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