Preparing to decorate graves, May 1899.
Library of Congress
Memorial Day, a holiday that began 150 years ago, was born out of generous gestures after the Civil War: Southerners decorated graves of Confederate soldiers as well as those of former Union enemies.
President Donald Trump with televangelist Rev. Pat Robertson.
AP Photo/Steve Helber
In recent years, Christian television has moved into news and politics. A scholar explains its impact on beliefs and on politics.
The FBI Building in Washington, DC.
An informant gathered information from Trump campaign staffers for the FBI's Russia probe. An historian writes that informants are one of the most basic ways the FBI and police investigate.
Pope Francis has acknowledged that celibacy is one of the challenges of the Catholic Church in the 21st century.
Pope Francis recently acknowledged that the Catholic Church is struggling to recruit new priests, endangering its very future. Why don't people want to join the clergy?
During the war, the poster on the left, painted by J. Howard Miller, was only on display for only two weeks. Norman Rockwell’s, on the other hand, was seen by millions.
Nick Lehr/The Conversation
During the war, few Americans actually saw the 'Rosie the Riveter' poster that's become a cultural icon.
Pain from migraine headaches is a major cause of disability. A new drug could prevent them, in some cases.
R. Nial Bradshaw/Flickr
A new preventive drug for migraines was approved recently by the FDA. Here's how it works, and how others in the pipeline might be able to help the millions who suffer from migraines.
The female longhorned tick,
Haemaphysalis longicornis, crawling on a leaf.
Jim Occi, Rutgers Center for Vector Biology
There is a new type of tick spreading in New Jersey, and it doesn't need a male to reproduce. It's known to spread disease and is proving
difficult to eradicate.
Fractured concrete pavement slabs on a street in Canton, Mich.
'Bendable concrete' is not an oxymoron. Mimicking designs found in nature, engineers are making concrete that gives under stress without shattering – an advance that could improve US infrastructure.
A cellar worker steams American oak wine barrels before their use at Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville, Calif.
AP Photo/Eric Risberg
Wine came to the US in the 16th century but didn't make it to California – the leader in American winemaking – until the 19th century.
Financial decisions can be a real maze.
Research suggests that the reason people may put off funding their 401(k) plans or managing credit card debt is because our perception of finance as 'cold' conflicts with our hot-blooded emotions.
Students and faculty members have protested arrangements GMU made with donors.
AP Photo/Matt Barakat
When public universities and their foundations take large sums of money from political and strategic philanthropists, they can’t safeguard academic freedom unless there's some transparency.
The president uses his Twitter feed to make official announcements.
AP Photo/J. David Ake
A Twitter account used for official purposes is a public forum protected by the First Amendment, a federal judge has ruled.
Peer rejection is common among school shooters, but does that explain their actions?
While many school shooters suffered peer rejection of some sort, research doesn't support the idea that peer rejection is the culprit behind shootings, a scholar argues.
Fewer than 20 countries worldwide have recognized the re-election of Nicolás Maduro as Venezuela’s president.
Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Maduro's landslide May 20 re-election marks the official death of democracy in Venezuela. Dozens of nations worldwide have declared the vote illegitimate, and the US imposed new sanctions.
An Iraqi woman shows her ink-stained finger after voting in the first national election since the declaration of victory over the Islamic State group.
AP Photo/Hadi Mizban
The recent parliamentary election in Iraqi may have been the most transformative of the post-Saddam era, a pollster from Baghdad and an American academic explain.
‘Silent Spring’ author Rachel Carson testifies before a Senate Government Operations Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. on June 4, 1963. Carson urged Congress to curb the sale of chemical pesticides and aerial spraying.
Did Rachel Carson catalyze the organic farming movement, as many advocates claim? Or would she reject their ban on synthetic fertilizer and see organic as an inefficient way to feed the world?
Evangelical Christian educator, Paige Patterson.
AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser, File
With controversial Christian educators like Paige Patterson who believe that the Bible teaches women to submit to men, it matters to know today that evangelicals encouraged women's education in the past.
Suicide is more prevalent among doctors than any other profession. Burnout could be a reason.
Medicine leads the professions in suicides. Fixing the physician suicide problem requires a re-examination of medicine's "right stuff."
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We now have the capacity to quickly and cheaply sequence an individual's genome and scour it for disease-causing genes. But how much, and what type, of information does a parent-to-be want to know?
A quick distraction is at our fingertips – and app developers know it.
Thanks to a burgeoning procrastination economy, developers are creating content that can be consumed in short spurts. What does it mean for productivity?
Students walk out of school in March 2018 as part of a nationwide protest against gun violence.
Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan has called for a school boycott to change the nation's gun laws and make schools safer. A scholar who studies protest explains how the boycott could work.
A quirky quiz probably isn’t going to tell you much about your innermost essence.
Few can resist an assessment that promises to reveal your hidden, true self. But new research suggests that people mistakenly believe difficult to answer questions offer deep insights.
Abrams savors her victory.
AP Photo/John Bazemore
Abrams just made history by securing the nomination for governor of Georgia. Can she win in November?
Wall Street needs a new face.
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
In giving Dodd-Frank the Botox treatment, Congress misses the point of what's wrong with financial regulation: It's an old mess.
What can this car do on its own, and what does it still need human help with?
AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar
There are a few notable milestones along the road to fully self-driving cars.