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Washington State University sororities, frats ban all social events due to alcohol-fueled issues

November 11, 2016


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PULLMAN, Wash. — Sororities and fraternities at Washington State University have been banned from hosting campus events, in a move by the groups’ governing bodies to improve their negative reputation plagued by sexual assaults and other problems. In a letter issued Monday, the Interfraternity (IFC)...

Does the soda industry manipulate research on sugary drinks’ health effects?

Does the soda industry manipulate research on sugary drinks’ health effects?

November 1, 2016


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One hundred percent. That is the probability that a published study that finds no link between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and poorer metabolic health was underwritten by the makers of sugar-sweetened beverages, or authored by researchers with financial ties to that industry. Compare that...

Astronomers find hints of Planet Nine

Astronomers find hints of Planet Nine

October 29, 2016


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The case for Planet Nine is growing. Two new findings presented at a planetary science meeting in Pasadena, Calif., have uncovered hints for the existence of this distant, mysterious world in the motions of known solar system objects. The results could help astronomers home in on their target, which...

What’s the best college? It depends

October 29, 2016


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If you’re a high school student deciding where to apply for college, or the parent of a student, you’ve probably done a fair amount of research. Even so, there are some schools that may have escaped your notice, such as MCPHS University, LIU Brooklyn, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Babson...

Cosmic radiation may leave astronauts with long-term cases of ‘space brain,’ study says

Cosmic radiation may leave astronauts with long-term cases of ‘space brain,’ study says

October 11, 2016


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This is your brain in space — and it does not look pretty. Scientists studying the effects of radiation in rodents say that astronauts’ exposure to galactic cosmic rays could face a host of cognitive problems, including chronic dementia. The study, led by the University of California, Irvine and ...

How to really discuss radical Islam

October 3, 2016


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Let’s suppose you’re teaching a current-events class about terrorism, and a student says that Muslims should be banned from the United States. What should you do? Here’s what you shouldn’t do: Shut down the conversation. Like it nor not, millions of American adults agree with the student’s...

Why pay off debt if you can sue?

September 14, 2016


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In the wake of the collapse of the Corinthian Colleges and questions about other for-profit career colleges, the Department of Education has drafted broad new rules for when people can get out of repaying federal loans. These proposed changes to what’s called the “borrower defense rule” would let...

Most humpback whale populations removed from US endangered species list

Most humpback whale populations removed from US endangered species list

September 8, 2016


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In a triumph for the global movement to save whales from oblivion, the U.S. government on Tuesday removed most of the world’s humpback populations from the federal list of endangered species, with some glaring exceptions on the West Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced ...

Naked University of South Carolina students latest tipping point for neighborhood residents

September 8, 2016


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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Within the first week of school at the University of South Carolina, a girl woke up naked on the bench of Suzanne Keenan’s front porch. She was a very nice girl, who knew where she was and was coherent, said Keenan, who rushed to get her a robe. They had never met. Neither asked...

Ruined Chernobyl nuclear plant to remain a threat for 3,000 years

Ruined Chernobyl nuclear plant to remain a threat for 3,000 years

April 28, 2016


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By Matthew Schofield McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) PRIPYAT, Ukraine — Before the fire, the vomiting, the deaths and the vanishing home, it was the promise of bumper cars that captured the imagination of the boys. It will be 30 years ago Tuesday that Pripyat and the nearby Chernobyl power pl...

Animal activists brace for ‘Finding Dory’ impact on tropical fish

April 28, 2016


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TNS NEWSFEATURES By Paul Brinkmann Orlando Sentinel (TNS) ORLANDO, Fla. — Animal welfare activists and pet shop owners fear a wave of interest in tropical fish and the possible decimation of key species after the June release of Disney Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” The cartoon movie is a sequel ...

Americans overwhelmingly pessimistic about country’s path, poll finds

April 12, 2016


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By William Douglas McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — More than two-thirds of Americans think the country is moving in the wrong direction, the highest in nearly four and a half years, a new McClatchy-Marist Poll found. Fully 68 percent of adults think the country is on the wrong tra...

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