Don’t be fooled by fake images and videos online

Nope, not a real news report from Hurricane Irma. Snopes One month before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an “Access Hollywood” recording of Donald Trump was released in which he was heard lewdly talking about women. The then-candidate and his campaign apologized and dismissed the remarks as harmless. At the time, the authenticity of the […]

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How smallpox devastated the Aztecs – and helped Spain conquer an American civilization 500 years ago

A 16th-century Aztec drawing of smallpox victims. Recent outbreaks in the U.S. have drawn attention to the dangers of measles. The Democratic Republic of Congo is fighting a deadly outbreak of Ebola that has killed hundreds. Epidemics are nothing new, of course. And some widespread infectious dieseases have profoundly changed the course of human history. […]

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Protecting human heritage on the moon: Don’t let ‘one small step’ become one giant mistake

Neil Armstrong took this photograph of Buzz Aldrin during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity on the moon. NASA Why did the hominin cross the plain? We may never know. But anthropologists are pretty sure that a smattering of bare footprints preserved in volcanic ash in Laetoli, Tanzania bear witness to an evolutionary milestone. These small […]

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Adolescents have a fundamental need to contribute

Harnessing adolescents’ readiness to help can be good for them and their communities. YAKOBCHUK VIACHESLAV/Shutterstock.com No longer children but not yet adults, adolescents need opportunities to learn and prepare for their entrance into the broader society. But, as schooling increasingly extends the adolescent period and teenagers get dismissed as supposedly selfish and irresponsible, has society […]

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How far should organizations be able to go to defend against cyberattacks?

Who’s really on the other side? Yakobchuk Viacheslav/Shutterstock.com The deluge of cyberattacks sweeping across the world has governments and companies thinking about new ways to protect their digital systems, and the corporate and state secrets stored within. For a long time, cybersecurity experts have erected firewalls to keep out unwanted traffic and set up decoy […]

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Think you love your Valentine? What’s beneath the surface may be more complicated

Real love has more nuance than a candy heart’s message. Laura Ockel/Unsplash, CC BY Valentine cards are filled with expressions of unequivocal adoration and appreciation. That’s fitting for the holiday set aside to express love and reaffirm commitment to one’s romantic partner. But what if there’s more going on below the surface of these adoring […]

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