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The border is where more than 18,500 of the country’s 19,437 Border Patrol agents work, trying to stop people from crossing illegally into the U.S. For all the heat and headlines around this border, few people really understand the job of a Border Patrol agent. I am a sociologist who has studied and written about...
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Economic empowerment programs that target women may have an unintended effect: They help men instead. A growing number of economic development programs worldwide provide cash specifically to women in poor communities. Giving women access to money empowers them, the theory goes. And empowered women – especially mothers – can lift entire families out of poverty....
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delete Facebook
Here we go again: another Facebook controversy, yet again violating our sense of privacy by letting others harvest our personal information. This flareup is a big one to be sure, leading some people to delete Facebook altogether, but the company and most of its over 2 billion users will reconcile. The vast majority will return...
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baby sea turtles
On beaches from North Carolina to Texas, throughout the wider Caribbean and Mexico’s Pacific Coast, one of nature’s great seasonal events is underway, or almost here for some areas. Adult female sea turtles are crawling out of the ocean, digging deep holes in the sand and laying eggs. After about 60 days, baby sea turtles...
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Why it’s so hard for doctors to understand your pain
We’re all human beings, but we’re not all alike. Each person experiences pain differently, from an emotional perspective as well as a physical one, and responds to pain differently. That means that physicians like myself need to evaluate patients on an individual basis and find the best way to treat their pain. Today, however, doctors...
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Donald Trump’s presidency has not been good for science or scientists. Since Trump took office 15 months ago, his administration has proposed to terminate many federally funded research programs and slash funding for others. Trump’s appointees are working to roll back environmental regulations and conservation policies. The president and some of his Cabinet members have...
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This series is designed to give you a basic introduction to how various parts of your body move. Knowing these basics will help you become aware of your movements and move better. Part I of this series will introduce you to your scapulae, commonly known as shoulder blades. The singular of scapulae is scapula. Your...
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After two years on the job, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson has announced that she will retire on May 5, 2018 — the latest in a growing list of career diplomats to step down under Donald Trump. Jacobson has worked in Latin America diplomacy for three decades, including in the Obama administration’s effort to...
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When Cape Town acknowledged in February that it would run out of water within months, South Africa suddenly became the global poster child for bad water management. Newspapers revealed that the federal government had been slow to respond to the city’s three-year drought because the mayor belongs to an opposition party. Cape Town is not...
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Mexico has long been a good neighbor to the United States, and in more recent years a good ally – which is why it’s more than a little absurd that a false narrative about our relationship with Mexico contributed to shutting down the federal government last month, and threatened to do so again this week....
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You experience pain in the lower back, neck and shoulders, or feet and ankles. You limit your movements to avoid the pain. But there may be another answer. Your pain may stem from subtle compensation patterns that you can change. Compensation occurs when one body part does not move well and another body part tries...
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In the halls of a middle school in the sprawling city of Monterrey, Mexico, a young Pablo Cervantes pauses at an open doorway. He sees a teacher, the teacher sees him. Would you like to dance? The seventh-grader looks at his friends, a group of boys heading outside for a game of soccer after school....
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