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Corals and sea anemones turn sunscreen into toxins – understanding how could help save coral reefs

Sunscreen bottles are frequently labeled as “reef-friendly” and “coral-safe.” These claims generally mean that the lotions replaced oxybenzone – a chemical that can harm corals – with something else. But are these other chemicals really safer for reefs than oxybenzone?…

Biology with Tibetan Buddhist monks: What I’m taking back to my college classroom from teaching at a monastery

It would be quite appropriate for a college professor to assume students know that a tree is alive and a rock is not. Or would it? By Beth Daley For several summers, I have had the pleasure of teaching biology…

Elon Musk and the oligarchs of the ‘Second Gilded Age’ can not only sway the public – they can exploit their data, too

During the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, and the early decades of the 20th century, U.S. captains of industry such as William Randolph Hearst and Jay Gould used their massive wealth to dominate facets of the economy, including the news…

Ukrainian teens’ voices from the middle of war: ‘You begin to appreciate what was common and boring for you

Editorial Note: Teaching in high school for the 18 years prior to initial rumblings of this exhausting decade, I recall emphasis from school districts encouraging accreditation for classroom teachers to transition to administrative hierarchies. I also remember the words of…

The Human Genome Project pieced together only 92% of the DNA – now scientists have finally filled in the remaining 8%

When the Human Genome Project announced that they had completed the first human genome in 2003, it was a momentous accomplishment – for the first time, the DNA blueprint of human life was unlocked. But it came with a catch – they…

Keys to understanding Spain’s decision on the Sahara: what and who is behind it?

Since the letter from President Pedro Sánchez to the King of Morocco was made public on Friday 17 March, the reactions to it have been numerous and disparate, although most of them coincide in criticising both the substance and the…

CORBEVAX, a new patent-free COVID-19 vaccine, could be a pandemic game changer globally

The world now has a new COVID-19 vaccine in its arsenal, and at a fraction of the cost per dose. Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has seen over 314 million infections and over 5.5 million deaths worldwide. Approximately 60%…

Should Elon Musk try to solve the problem of world hunger with $6 billion? 5 questions answered

Elon Musk hinted on Oct. 31, 2021, perhaps jokingly, that he might be willing to donate US$6 billion of his fortune to pay for hunger relief. But there was a catch: The United Nations would have to prove that it can…

Don’t care about the Build Back Better Act? Hearing people’s personal stories might change that

Editorial note: The need for constructive information is critical in our decision-making process. When information becomes tainted with special interests, spin, myopic visions for power & control from divisive factions, the intensity shifts from interests of good governance to the…

What did billions in aid to Afghanistan accomplish? 5 questions answered

The government of Afghanistan and that country’s economy relied heavily on foreign aid until the U.S. withdrawal. That support is on hold, although the United States and its allies have begun to take steps toward resuming some humanitarian assistance. Here, Mohammad…

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