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Why Congress would keep working during a government shutdown

Unless Congress passes new spending legislation by December 20, at least some federal agencies may need to cease operations and shut down, just as several agencies did for a month...

When Trump calls someone a dog, he's tapping into ugly history

The news was recently filled with stories about Trump’s praise for Conan, the Belgian Malinois used...

Uber's data revealed nearly 6,000 sexual assaults. Does that mean it's not safe?

Since Uber released its first ever safety report on Dec. 5, the media has raised alarms for the 5,981 instances of sexual assault included in the document. This also includes...

Myths around mental illness cause high rates of unemployment

Even though mental illness affects one in five adults – and depression is the leading cause of disability...

5 new ways for schools to work with families

Text messages, email alerts, open houses, fundraising appeals, robocalls – parents know the drill. They are inundated with requests from children’s schools. These missives...

Like 'Little Women,' books by Zitkála-Šá and Taha Hussein are classics

I’m a scholar of literature who spends a lot of time thinking about why certain stories continue to...

The Earth needs multiple methods for removing CO2 from the air to avert worst of climate change

Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are higher than at any time in human history, and nine of the warmest years have occurred since 2005. Even with the progress...

Why are whales big, but not bigger?

Both toothed and baleen (filter-feeding) whales are among the largest animals ever to exist. Blue whales,...

Asking people with memory loss about past holidays can help them recall happy times

Many people love the holidays because they are a time to make happy memories with loved ones. But what if you could do something that would help restore memories in some of the...

As rural Americans struggle for health care access, insurers may be making things worse

Living in rural America certainly comes with a number of benefits. There is less crime, access to the...

Margaret Morse Nice thought like a song sparrow and changed how scientists understand animal behavior

The invader, puffed out into the shape of a ball, fluttered one wing straight up in the air. He sang constantly and softly, incomplete songs in rapid succession. The defender,...

Butterfly lovers become citizen scientists by logging sightings on eButterfly

The Abstract features interesting research and the people behind it. Kathleen Prudic is an entomologist...