Todays BIG Story

Mitch McConnell, the president's man in the Senate
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Being Senate majority leader isn’t easy. And Mitch McConnell is finding out that having unified government could make it harder still. As my research shows, U.S. Senate majority...

Venezuela's getting a new constitution whether the people want it or not
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Despite widespread objections, Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, is moving ahead with a plan...

How a job acquires a gender (and less authority if it's female)
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“I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.” So proclaims Beyoncé in a video in support of the #banbossy campaign. The campaign highlights how when little boys take charge, they’re...

How some rich people are trying to dismantle inequality
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Ample research indicates that the growing problem of wealth and income inequality could stunt U.S. economic...

Why the US doesn't understand Chinese thought – and must
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The need for the U.S. to understand China is obvious. The Chinese economy is on track to become the largest in the world by 2030, Chinese leadership may be the key to resolving...

Race, cyberbullying and intimate partner violence
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Over the past two decades, cyberbullying has become a major focus for parents, educators and researchers....

History shows that stacking federal science advisory committees doesn't work
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Scientists are busy people, but every year thousands donate many hours of their time without payment to advise Congress and federal government agencies. They provide input on...

Sharkathon 2017 is here: How to watch it like a scientist
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Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your television, the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and...

Who's avoiding sex, and why
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Sex has a strong influence on many aspects of well-being: it is one of our most basic physiological needs. Sex feeds our identity and is a core element of our social life. But...

Warnings on US cigarette packs not as effective as those in other countries
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Cigarette smoke contains more than 9,000 chemicals, including more than 60 carcinogens. According to...

Here's the three-pronged approach we're using in our own research to tackle the reproducibility issue
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If you keep up with health or science news, you’ve probably been whipsawed between conflicting reports. Just days apart you may hear that “science says” coffee’s good...

How to make sure we all benefit when nonprofits patent technologies like CRISPR
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Universities and other nonprofit research institutions are under increasing fire about their commitments...