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Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – the Islamic Republic’s ultimate authority – reluctantly blessed the nuclear agreement between Iran and the West that was signed in June 2015 and went into effect...

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The State College of Florida recently scrapped tenure for incoming faculty. New professors at this public university will be hired on the basis of annual contracts that the school can decline to renew...

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In 1901, one of the most famous metaphysical experiments of the 20th century was performed by a Massachusetts physician. His name was Duncan MacDougall, and he believed that, if the soul were real, it...

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Mass incarceration damages individuals and communities in ways that scholars are just starting to explore. New research that we’ve published with our colleague Mary Laske Bell shows that African American...

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Back in 1991, the eminent political scientist Samuel Huntington pointed out that democratic transitions around the world often come in waves. He pointed to a “third wave” of democratization that began...

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Federal rules mandating network neutrality – the concept that all internet traffic should be treated equally – were upheld recently by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision was hailed as...

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At a conference earlier this month, Facebook’s head of operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa predicted that the social networking site would be “all video” within five years. “We’re...

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We may think that a simple age cutoff – such as 18 – should make us feel like adults. And why not? After all, crossing an age threshold can bestow certain rights, such as voting, military enlistment,...

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One of the great things about being a biologist is getting to work in the field and connect with wildlife. Through my career, I have enjoyed many unforgettable close encounters with various species, including...

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The estimated annual health care costs related to obesity are over $210 billion, or nearly 21 percent of annual medical spending in the United States. Americans spend $60 billion on weight loss products...