Laughter- Is it Really the Best Medicine?

Laughter has been long been cited as a key to good health. In fact, the King James Bible, dating back to 1611, reads, “A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). This assertion is supported by the research of many academic institutions, whose reports lay claim […]

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Seed Saving in the Great Lakes

The earth’s environment is constantly changing. Extreme weather patterns, over-exploited ecosystems, lost habitats, and human carelessness constantly threaten the stability of plant biodiversity. As data becomes more widely available to understand and address global climate issues, many innovators are focusing on conservation and sustainability practices. Conservation techniques, like the creation of seed banks and exchange […]

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Can Tech Save the Honeybees?

Since the 1990s, the disappearance and the decline of the global honey bee population has been a crucial concern for beekeepers, environmentalists, scientists, and the food industry. In the United States alone, beekeepers lost 33% of their colonies in the year ending April 2017. An extinction of honey bees would be catastrophic, destabilizing important ecosystems and threatening […]

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[UPDATED] Speakers at commencement ceremonies across the country focus remarks on free speech – FIRE

As FIRE continues to follow commencement addresses at colleges and universities across the nation (and associated controversies, including disinvitations of speakers), we’ve been pleased to note that several speakers have stressed the importance of freedom of expression on college campuses in their remarks. We agree that the university must serve as the “marketplace of ideas”…

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Opinion | Mis-Educating the Young

Why don’t schools prepare students for life?

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Some bats show resistance to deadly white-nose syndrome

“It’s still going to take a long time to get them back”

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How Can Water Conservation Help Prevent Bladder Cancer?

In the discussion of cancer prevention, one overlooked yet important factor is water. We’ve heard that limiting alcohol and tobacco intake can help reduce the risk of cancer. Common sense will tell you that too much exposure to sunlight, obesity, and unhealthy sexual activity are potential contributing factors. And everyone knows that regular physical exercise […]

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