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High-Achieving, Low-Income Students: Where Elite Colleges Are Falling Short

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:24

Top students from low-income families make up just 3 percent of enrollment on elite campuses, and a new report says there are lots of things higher ed can do to fix that.

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The Trickle-Up Theory Of White Nationalist Thought

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:02

"Academic racists" lay the intellectual groundwork for white supremacy. The effect, says one expert, is making racist tropes more palatable, including to members of the political mainstream.

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Chemists Say You Should Add A Little Water To Your Whiskey. Here's Why

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:19

It's a common refrain from whiskey enthusiasts: Adding a few drops of water to a glass opens up the flavors of the drink. Chemists in Sweden provide a molecular explanation for why this works.

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Chemists Say You Should Add A Little Water To Your Whiskey. Here's Why

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:19

It's a common refrain from whiskey enthusiasts: Adding a few drops of water to a glass opens up the flavors of the drink. Chemists in Sweden provide a molecular explanation for why this works.

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Phoenix Mayor Asks Trump To Delay Visit, Hoping For 'More Sound Judgment'

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:28

President Trump says he's "seriously considering" a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Doing so would "enflame emotions and further divide our nation," says Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

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Joint Chiefs Denounce Racism After Trump's Comments

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:16

Top ranking uniformed leaders of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and National Guard all posted on social media condemning racism, hatred and extremism.

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How My Little Community Garden Plot Went From Flop To Flourish

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:00

Two years ago, Carolyn Beans — plant biologist, flower farm worker and daughter of a veggie-grower — thought she had what it took to coax a bounty out of her tiny urban garden. She was wrong.

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Driver Faces 5 Charges — And Potential Death Penalty — Over Immigrants' Deaths

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 06:57

Ten immigrants were found dead among the nearly 40 people who sat in a sweltering truck's trailer in San Antonio. Agents say James Matthew Bradley, Jr., 60, was sitting in the cab of the truck.

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Make Your Own Eclipse Viewer

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 06:23

No eclipse glasses? No problem. Make your own solar viewer; (almost) no tools required.

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Spain Rescues Nearly 600 People At Sea As Migration Patterns Change

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 05:30

Authorities rescued 593 people in one day Wednesday. The number of migrants arriving in Spain by sea is up sharply from last year, and the number arriving in Greece has dramatically fallen.

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He Crossed The Border In A Packed, Unventilated Trailer And Survived

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 05:05

Brandon Martinez. 16, was one of nearly 40 undocumented immigrants found in a trailer in San Antonio. His father laments that his son suffered so much to cross the border, just like he did.

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Many Nurses Lack Knowledge Of Health Risks To Mothers After Childbirth

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 05:00

A nationwide survey shows that postpartum nurses often fail to warn mothers about potentially life-threatening complications following childbirth, mainly because they need more education themselves.

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Robert Mueller May Not Be The Savior The Anti-Trump Internet Is Hoping For

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 05:00

Expectations are high for special counsel Robert Mueller with Trump critics. But people depending on the former FBI director to shake up the White House could be in for a letdown.

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Behind The Scenes, A Major Choice Looms On Afghanistan

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 05:00

Will President Trump double down on America's longest-running — but forgotten — war? Or could he decide to pull the plug?

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Federal Appeals Court Says Arkansas Can Block Medicaid Payments To Planned Parenthood

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:45

It reversed earlier injunctions that forbade the state from suspending payments to the medical provider over a controversial leaked video of Planned Parenthood staff.

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Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:09

Each year more than 600,000 babies die of sepsis. Researchers have found a simple way to prevent it: Feed babies probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables.

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Women Who Love Wine: Are You Binge Drinking Without Realizing It?

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:00

Binge drinking sounds like an all-night bender, but here's a reality check: Many social drinkers may "binge" without knowing it. Women who drink four or more drinks on an occasion are binge drinking.

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Trump Rolls Back Obama-Era Flood Standards For Infrastructure Projects

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:45

An Obama order called for new public infrastructure projects to be built to withstand rising sea levels caused by climate change. President Trump revoked that order to accelerate the review process.

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The Best Item In An Astronaut's Care Package? Definitely The Ice Cream

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:36

Unlike other cargo vehicles, the SpaceX spacecraft can return to Earth without burning up. So it's equipped with freezers for transporting medical samples — and the occasional frozen treat.

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Kenyan Opposition Leader Vows To Take Election Challenge To Supreme Court

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:41

Raila Odinga said he's mounting a legal challenge to what he calls President Uhuru Kenyatta's "computer-generated fraud." But he's not the only one to raise questions about the election recently.

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