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How people talk now holds clues about human migration centuries ago

Nicole Creanza, Vanderbilt University and André Ché Sherriah, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus Often, you can tell where someone grew up by the...

How ‘Germany’s Hugh Hefner’ created an entirely different sort of sex...

Elizabeth Heineman, University of Iowa Hugh Hefner’s death has reopened bitter debates about his place in history. Many obituaries in the mainstream media have described him...

Scandals at Uber and Fox show dangers of letting macho cultures...

Bert Spector, Northeastern University Most of us have probably seen the video of Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick scolding one of his own drivers,...

Why are young women without wrinkles using Botox?

Dana Berkowitz, Louisiana State University The battle against wrinkles has lasted for centuries. Long before surgical facelifts, people ingested powders and potions, stretched their...

Why do people risk their lives – or….

Why do people risk their lives – or the lives of others – for the perfect selfie? Michael Weigold, University of Florida 2016 hasn’t been a...

A look inside the Czech Republic’s booming fertility holiday industry

Amy Speier, University of Texas Arlington In 2008, a friend sent me a link to a Czech company called IVF Holiday. Clicking the link, I...

2015, the year that was: arts and culture

Nick Lehr, The Conversation With the New Year approaching, we highlight the top arts and culture stories from 2015. Over the past year, there was no...

A force awakened: why so many find meaning in Star Wars

Patti McCarthy, University of the Pacific After witnessing the overwhelming popularity of Star Wars, director Francis Ford Coppola told George Lucas he should start his...

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How to save California’s precious groundwater, the ‘dark matter’ of our...

Graham Fogg, University of California, Davis As California suffers its fourth year of drought, much of the attention is focused on the state’s groundwater –...