Full story - July 03, 2019
fireworks over NYC
Most of us look forward to the fireworks on the Fourth of July. But did you ever wonder how the chemists create those colors that light up the night sky? Are some colors harder to create than others?
Full story - July 05, 2019
donald trump and hillary clinton at a debate
An analysis of social media troll activity during the 2016 election campaign shows that exposure to Russian propaganda may have helped change American minds in favor of Republican candidate Trump.
Full story - July 02, 2019
A man wearing a T-shirt with an image of Zakir Rashid Bhat in India's Kashmir region
Bin Laden's extremist group had fewer than a hundred members in September 2001. Today it's a transnational terror organization with 40,000 fighters across the Middle East, Africa and beyond.
Full story - June 28, 2019
Protesters stand outside court with sign that reads "Every person counts"
Given the weak justification for the citizenship question, rubber-stamping it without further inquiry could well have been a stain on the Supreme Court's legitimacy.
Full story - June 26, 2019
youtube logo reflected in an eyeball
Research has found ways to detect deepfakes through flaws that can't be fixed easily by the fakers.
Full story - June 26, 2019
thelma cabrera in guatemala
Maya candidate Thelma Cabrera's unprecedented campaign for president was unsuccessful, but hope has not been dashed. Her run suggests that Guatemala's grassroots opposition is slowly gaining ground.
Full story - June 25, 2019
Sudanese people, seeking to revive a push for civilian rule in ongoing tumult since the overthrow of former President Omar al-Bashir more than two months ago, chant slogans and wave Sudanese flags during a demonstration in Khartoum, Sudan, June 21, 2019.
The internet has choke points where the flow of information can be blocked, making it surprisingly simple for leaders to cut off their populations from communications. The Transitional Military Council in Sudan shut down the internet, citing “national security” as protestors organized their demonstrations over Facebook.
Full story - June 24, 2019
A close up of a man with a beard near a red and white flag
Whether or not a shooting war does break out, the US' economic war against Iran has already been intensifying over the past year. Today, President Donald Trump imposed “hard-hitting” new sanctions on Iran in response to the attack on the drone.
Full story - June 21, 2019
Israeli Air Force T-6 Texan II planes fly in formation during an aerial demonstration at a graduation ceremony for Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim air base in southern Israel December 26, 2018.
Iran shot down a US drone on June 19, further escalating tensions between Iran and its adversaries. As a “deterrent” to Iran, the US is sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East, but the US is not the only country considering a military response in Iran. If international relations with Iran grow more volatile, Israel could take dramatic, unilateral action against its neighbor and longtime adversary.
Full story - June 20, 2019
A border screening at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The second largest Ebola outbreak on record is currently raging in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with more than 1,400 deaths recorded. Kenya may be the next country at risk for an outbreak following two confirmed deaths in Uganda, which shares a porous border with DRC.

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