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Why is Saudi Arabia suddenly so paranoid?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) In the past, Saudi Arabia depended upon its enormous oil wealth and the United States for its security. It used the former to buy friends and pay off enemies and potential enemies. It used the latter to Read More…

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'Geostorm' movie shows dangers of hacking the climate – we need to talk about real-world geoengineering now

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Hollywood’s latest disaster flick, “Geostorm,” is premised on the idea that humans have figured out how to control the Earth’s climate. A powerful satellite-based technology allows users to fine-tune the weather, overcoming the ravages of climate change. Read More…

New education facilities approved for Yellowstone

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park’s plans to construct a new youth campus at Mammoth Hot Springs has been approved. The buildings will replace and improve the park’s existing education facilities which was constructed in 1978. Functionally out of date, the inadequate dormitory, classroom, and office space do not meet the needs of today’s Read More…

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Why the European Union's hands are tied over Catalonia

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) In recent weeks, the dispute over Catalonia’s quest for independence from Spain has captivated the attention of many parts of the world. There is concern about further outbreaks of violence if the government in Madrid and the Read More…

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Are many hate crimes really examples of domestic terrorism?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) A Maryland grand jury has indictedSean Urbanski for allegedly murdering an African-American student in May. Urbanski, a white former University of Maryland student who belonged to the racist Alt-Reich: Nation Facebook group, is facing a hate crime Read More…

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US health care system: A patchwork that no one likes

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Almost all parties agree that the health care system in the U.S., which is responsible for about 17 percent of our GDP, is badly broken. Soaring costs, low quality, insurance reimbursements and co-payments confusing even to experts, Read More…

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Sheridan adopts nondiscrimination resolution without LGBT

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — The Sheridan City Council has adopted a nondiscrimination resolution after deciding not to specify that the measure applies to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The resolution passed unanimously Monday instead says all Sheridan residents should live free from discrimination. Mayor Roger Miller says it’s still a strong statement. The Sheridan Press Read More…

Surveys touch surface of deeper question about Wyoming education system — how best to prepare students

Surveys and interviews with state leaders, educators and parents raised a broader question about what Wyoming’s education system should be offering to its students, consultants told lawmakers Thursday. The responses — collected over recent months as part of the consultants’ wide-ranging review of the education funding model here — covered a range of topics, from Read More…

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Solving the political ad problem with transparency

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Almost all the content and advertising on the internet is customized to each viewer. The impact of this kind of content distribution on the 2016 election is still being explored. But, we can certainly say that the Read More…

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How media sexism demeans women and fuels abuse by men like Weinstein

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) How could they not be? Across the world, the film and TV industry – Weinstein’s domain – continues to foist outdated gender roles upon viewers. Women’s work Television commercials are particularly guilty, frequently casting women in subservient domestic roles. Read More…

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Is youth football past its prime?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) High school football participation may have peaked. That’s the argument I make in a recent analysis for the international sports governance association Play the Game. The conclusion is based on data indicating that after decades of continuous Read More…

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Why Russia thinks it's exceptional

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Destiny calls upon Russia once more to face the West – or so Russians might believe. America is not alone in projecting itself as an exceptional power and indispensable force for good in the world. Russia makes Read More…