Todays BIG Story

Are Islamic State recruits more street gang members than zealots?
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The recent terrorist attacks in Spain and Finland once again compel us to ask: Who joins the Islamic State, and why? As a professor of modern Middle Eastern history, I have spent...

Is Ryan Kelly's iconic photograph an American 'Guernica'?
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On August 12, Charlottesville Daily Progress photographer Ryan M. Kelly captured the exact moment that...

How union stakes in ailing papers like the Chicago Sun-Times may keep them alive
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The recent purchase of the Chicago Sun-Times for a nominal US$1 by a consortium of labor-affiliated organizations and individual investors highlights the troubled state of the...

Trump's threat to withdraw from NAFTA may hit a hurdle: The US Constitution
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On Aug. 16, representatives of the U.S., Canada and Mexico formally begin renegotiating the North American...

More states are allowing guns on college campuses
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A community college instructor in Texas recently started off the academic year by wearing a bulletproof vest and army helmet to class. He did this to protest a law that, starting...

How parents can help their freshman teens cope with stress
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Entering high school can be an exciting experience, but for some teenagers it can also be scary, intimidating...

Harvard study strengthens link between breast cancer risk and light exposure at night
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A new study from Harvard has found greater risk of breast cancer in women who live in neighborhoods that have higher levels of outdoor light during the night. The findings are...

Curbing climate change: Why it's so hard to act in time
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This summer I worked on the Greenland ice sheet, part of a scientific experiment to study surface melting...

Why state-level single-payer health care efforts are doomed
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With members of Congress spending the month of August in their home districts, Republican efforts to do away with President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable...

Are you lonesome tonight? Why we, like Elvis, turn to food for comfort
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August 16 is known to many Elvis Presley fans as the anniversary of his untimely death at the age of...

Making driverless cars safe for people on foot
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Right now, there are two ways to be safe crossing a road: Wait until no cars are close by, so there’s enough time to make it to the other side of the street – or communicate...

Does biology explain why men outnumber women in tech?
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It’s no secret that Silicon Valley employs many more men than women in tech jobs. What’s much harder...