While laptops have dropped in price, old-school supplies like pencils and markers are getting more expensive.
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Inflation is soaring, but prices for typical back-to-school gear like backpacks, computers and new clothes are rising less than average – or even falling.
As far back as the late ‘80s people could venture into a virtual online world.
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The metaverse is still unfolding, but it has been developing for more than a century. Rudimentary virtual worlds have existed – in imagination and reality – since the days of the telegraph.
Human connections can help people through difficult times.
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Academics and religious leaders address the role of faith and community in managing mental health issues in young people and society as a whole.
Participants in ‘violence prevention’ programs seek to deescalate conflicts before they turn deadly.
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A burst of federal funding is letting Indianapolis expand existing efforts and try promising new approaches that other cities have developed.
Ticket prices for a coveted show can spike.
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Many kinds of vendors use this strategy to charge the highest prices the market will bear at a particular moment for time-sensitive goods and services.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks at a news briefing at the Pentagon on July 20, 2022.
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For civilians, free speech is protected by the First Amendment. Not so in the US military, where the rise of political extremism has become a problem.
Muslim refugees sit on the roof of an overcrowded coach railway train near New Delhi, trying to leave India after the 1947 Partition.
On the 75th anniversary of India’s partition, scholars from the US, Canada, France, UK and Australia write about their favorite book or film that best explains the trauma of a violent division.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah addressing the assembly in Karachi on Aug. 15, 1947, after the creation of Pakistan.
Jinnah insisted on secular education, gender equality and equal rights for minorities – all of which remain unrealized dreams in Pakistan.
New research estimates that the Arctic may be warming four times faster than the rest of the world.
The Arctic is on average around 3℃ warmer than it was in 1980.
A Texas law says slavery cannot be taught as part of the ‘true founding’ of the United States.
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Lawmakers are seeking to downplay the role that slavery played in the development of the United States, but history tells a different story.
Primary care providers comprise nearly a third of the U.S. clinician workforce.
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Primary care doctors have long played an important role in providing birth control. Now, with the fall of Roe, they could help fill a critical need for comprehensive family planning services.
During the Cold War, Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union was tightly restricted.
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During the Cold War, Russia’s refusal to allow Jews to leave the country reflected its political aims. The same is likely true today, a Jewish studies scholar explains.
When people who are split on abortion speak directly with each other, various good outcomes – including policy change – can happen.
When ideological enemies talk across their great divides, something good can happen – it reduces stereotypes and inflammatory language directed at people who don’t agree on the abortion rights issue.
Palm Beach police officers stand near the Florida home of former President Donald Trump on Aug. 8, 2022.
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There’s a high bar for a federal judge to grant a search warrant, indicating there is probable cause that Trump committed a crime by holding classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
Joe Biden and Donald Trump supporters, like these two, are more likely to be polarized by TV news than online echo chambers.
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Studies of online echo chambers don’t paint the full picture of Americans’ political segregation. New research shows that the problem is more Fox News Channel and MSNBC than Facebook and Twitter.
The gate to former President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on Aug. 8, 2022.
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A presidential scholar sets the history and context for the battle over President Trump’s official records – and says it isn’t the first records battle between the government and a former president.
If you made it past early childhood, your chances got better to see your golden years.
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Nasty, brutish – but not necessarily short. Here’s how archaeologists know plenty of people didn’t die young.
A silicon disc, or ‘wafer,’ yields dozens of semiconductor chips.
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Semiconductor chips are electronic devices that store and process information. Today they can contain billions of microscopic switches on a chip smaller than a fingernail.
Wireless sensors and data systems can help farmers use water much more efficiently by monitoring soil conditions.
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The Agricultural Internet of Things is making farming more efficient. An information technology expert describes some of the challenges of working with sensors and antennas underground.
Sunscreens for sale at a Walgreens drug store.
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Rising concern about possible environmental damage from the active ingredients in sunscreens could have ripple effects on public health if it causes people to use less of them.