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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...

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Mexican anti-poverty program targeting poor women may help men most

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? The psychology of why it’s not that easy

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 find safety on the beaches, but threatened in the ocean

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...
Why it’s so hard for doctors to understand your pain

Why is it 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...

Expat US scientist returns to Trump’s America to stand up for science

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...

Human Body Biomechanics for Beginners: Part I: Shoulder Blades

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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