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In divided Alaska, the choice is between paying for government or giving residents bigger oil wealth checks

Alaskans will soon confront the dramatic effects of Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s vetoes of US$444 million from the state operating budget of $8.3 billion, which went into...

Mapping the Moon for Apollo

At an International Astronomical Union meeting in 1955, noted astronomer Gerard Kuiper asked for suggestions...

The ‘giant sucking sound’ of NAFTA: Ross Perot was ridiculed as alarmist in 1992 but his warning turned out to be prescient

H. Ross Perot famously had a way with words that galvanized ordinary Americans and helped him become the most successful third-party candidate since 1912. He hurled one of his...

Why states and cities should stop handing out billions in economic incentives to companies

U.S. states and cities hand out tens of billions in taxpayer dollars every year to companies as economic...

Flying colors: Researcher reveals hidden world through the eyes of butterflies

An award-winning scientist and professor of evolutionary biology, Adriana Briscoe studies the evolution of vision in butterflies and how they see color. Briscoe is currently working...

How the Flint water crisis set students back

When the Flint water crisis took place in 2014 and 2015, one of my graduate nursing students decided...

How your diet contributes to nutrient pollution and dead zones in lakes and bays

Every year in early summer, scientists at universities, research institutions and federal agencies release forecasts for the formation of “dead zones” and harmful algal blooms...

Western states buy time with a 7-year Colorado River drought plan, but face a hotter, drier future

As Midwest states struggled with record spring flooding this year, the Southwest was wrestling with...

Trump's order for more action on kidney disease may shrink organ transplant waitlists

Every year, thousands of Americans with kidney failure who could benefit from life-saving transplants can’t get the organs they need. A record number of people are dying while...

Physician burnout: Why legal and regulatory systems may need to step in

A career as a physician has traditionally been considered to be among the best vocations that talented...

Mapping the Moon for Apollo

At an International Astronomical Union meeting in 1955, noted astronomer Gerard Kuiper asked for suggestions and collaborators on a project to make a map of the Moon. At the time,...

University of California's showdown with the biggest academic publisher aims to change scholarly publishing for good

This month, academic publisher Elsevier shuttered the University of California’s online access to...