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Helium lifts balloons and makes our voices squeak. But its supply on Earth is finite and is critical for modern industrial processes and medical imaging in hospitals. How worried should we be?
Pollination by commercially raised bees is important to a variety of crops but none more than California almonds. In turn, beekeepers depend on them.
More than 16 million people in the U.S. take care of people with dementia. Could we learn something from how other cultures view dementia as more of a social disease rather than a lonely one?
The strengths of social media are also its weaknesses. Facebook must acknowledge that it has transformed from a startup company into a powerful social force.
And without white privilege, they wouldn't feel compelled to follow a white script.
Trump despises the media and says it's a threat to the American people. Yet the White House's daily newsletter scours the US to find good press, touting even tiny bits of praise from local newspapers.
On top of boosting South Sudan's development, these groups are showcasing what refugees can accomplish in the US.
Since China stopped importing 'foreign garbage' in March 2018, scrap – especially plastic – has built up in the US. Will this shock trigger long-overdue investments in plastic recycling here?
Stanley Andrisse was once branded a career criminal and served time in prison. Today, he is a professor at two medical schools and an advocate for higher education for those who've served time.
Christine Hallquist this week became the first trans person to win a major party's gubernatorial nomination. The percentage of trans adults has doubled since 2008. What's responsible for that change?
Violence and uncertainty has followed Zimbabwe's first modern election without Robert Mugabe. That's not surprising: After 38 years of dictatorship, it takes more than a vote to build democracy.
Programs that allow individuals to be supervised in the community instead of in prison are growing in a way that is not sustainable and is contributing to mass incarceration rather than relieving it.
A geologist explains the basics about these elements, which are crucial for modern electronics.
Bridge engineering does not end when construction finishes and traffic starts to flow.
Nutrition is a key part of learning, but it's often hard to get students to eat a healthful lunch. It can be even harder to pack one. Here are some nutritional and organizational tips.
Each year, Muslims from all over the world go on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, known as Hajj. A scholar explains its spiritual significance.
In 1979, David Duke told the media he had launched a wildly successful recruiting drive in Connecticut. A local reporter wanted to test Duke's claims – so he filled out an application to join the KKK.
As retro video games become more popular, research suggests players could be looking for nostalgia – and the psychological benefits it brings.
Research is yielding strategies for making plastics greener and more sustainable. But without support as they scale up, new versions will struggle to compete with well-established synthetic plastics.
Nobel prize winning author Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was as hard on himself as on others.
New legislation may boost growth rate of employee-owned companies in the US, easing the impact of one of the largest transfers of wealth in American history.
As the anniversary of Indonesian independence from the Netherlands approaches, a close look reveals how Dutch policy divides people along racial lines and ignores the Indonesian dead in that war.
Pregnant women often get medical information from social media and websites, many of which contain misleading and false information about vaccination. Could OB-GYNs help educate them better?
Hundreds of US cities have red light cameras to try to catch traffic violations and prevent accidents. But research shows that the cameras may encourage other types of accidents.