Textbook prices could rise higher if a planned textbook company merger goes through. Prostock-studio/Shutterstock.com

Textbook merger could create more problems than just higher prices

A proposed merger between two of America's largest textbook companies could lead to problems that go well beyond price hikes, a scholar on textbooks and digital learning warns.
An opposition activist holds the Russian Constitution during a protest in Moscow, Aug. 17, 2019 against the exclusion of some candidates from Moscow’s upcoming election. AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Moscow’s municipal elections illustrate the growing political crisis in Russia

The Moscow elections of September 2019 were a referendum on President Vladimir Putin's ruling party. And the opposition's success suggests a looming political crisis for Putin and his regime.
Conspiracy theories have been popular in the U.S. for decades. Motortion Films/Shutterstock.com

Are conspiracy theories on the rise in the US?

With the rise of internet groups for conspiracy theorists, it may feel like Americans live in a unique time. But conspiracy theories have been common for decades.
Some people believe that putting collagen in your coffee will bring good health, but collagen in coffee does nothing good for you. Imagepocket/Shutterstock.com

Collagen in your coffee? A scientist says forget it

A protein called collagen keeps us connected by keeping our tissues together. In recent years, it's gained popularity for restoring aging skin, with some people even saying you should drink it.
Ultra orthodox Jews watch Rabbi Israel Hager vote in Bnei Brak, Israel, Sept. 17, 2019. AP/Oded Balilty

The 4 big questions that the next Israeli government will decide

The winner of Tuesday's Israeli election must form a government and tackle four problems that will shape the future of the country and the relations among its citizens and Palestinian non-citizens.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris are among the 2020 presidential hopefuls in favor of reparations. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Reparations are essential to eliminating the substantial wealth gap between black and white Americans

Several presidential hopefuls have offered proposals to close the racial wealth gap, from baby bonds to reparations. A simulation suggests policies short of direct aid to blacks won't do the trick.
Larval black sea bass, an important commercial species along the US Atlantic coast. NOAA Fisheries/Ehren Habeck

Fish larvae float across national borders, binding the world’s oceans in a single network

Fish can't read maps, and their eggs and larvae drift across national boundaries. Recent research shows that local problems in one fishery can affect others across wide areas.

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