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In 1992, United States politics was abuzz with the energy of four newly elected women in the wake of a sexism-related controversy. The year prior, Clarence Thomas was sworn in as the 106th Supreme Court Justice despite sexual allegations against him made by Anita Hill. The outcome of the hearings prompted the running and election of Patty Murray, Carol Moseley Braun, Dianne Feinstein, and Barbara Boxer into the U.S....

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Barry Schwartz, a professor of psychology who has taught at Swarthmore College for nearly 45 years, is the author of numerous books synthesizing research in the social sciences, including psychology, sociology, and economics to challenge prevailing paradigms about markets, freedom, and choice. Among these are The Battle for Human Nature: Science, Morality and Modern Life, The Costs of Living: How Market...

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Many hailed the recent UN climate change conference in Paris as a success, with a historic agreement adopted to keep...

Environment Ministers from more than 50 Muslim countries have come up with a joint declaration on environmental...

From Waiheke Island, New Zealand, to the World, exporting bits, not bites: Ooooby is on a mission to make local food...

Earlier this year, Samantha Elauf won a court case against upscale clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F)...

Sitting still for even twenty minutes can be quite a challenge for restless, fidgety seven-year-olds as they get...

Holding the title of the "Biodiversity Superpower of Europe," Turkey is one of the only countries that is home to...

Iraq has a long history of contributing to scientific discovery, however as religious leaders increasingly take...

The most effective solutions meet threats head-on with positive and highly innovative thinking. This is certainly...

In many places across the world, single women dining alone are often subject to the society's disapproving looks....

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Although our ignorance about climate disruption will always dwarf what we know, a staggering amount has been learned in the last three decades—not just scientific understanding of complex phenomena...
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"We're not that kind of Muslim!" ends the opening credits to Aasif Mandvi's Halal in the Family, a new web series battling anti-Muslim prejudice in the United States. The telling phrase sends out a...
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Communication technologies allow users to keep in touch with events occurring in far flung places of the world, no matter where they are. Now one country is using these same technologies to...
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Serving as mayor provides one with an array of opportunities to demean oneself on a regular basis—funny hats and dunk tanks tend to be involved. However, for me, and for most of the mayors I know,...
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In a faraway kingdom called Saudi Arabia, a young woman of 26 sits in her kitchen waiting for the oven timer to go off. "The order will be delivered at six o’clock," she texts her customer. She then...
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Over 20,000 foreign fighters have joined the conflict in Iraq and Syria, including around 3,400 from the Western world, according to a recent report by the International Center for the Study of...
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In the public mind in the United States today, local politics, and especially local politics as they relate to economic development, is often portrayed as a forced choice between doing what is right...
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The influence and impact that the fashion industry has on this world is no secret. However, few know the tremendous amount of pollution created by the fashion industry, and even fewer realize its...