Do Prison Policies Encourage Repeat Offenders?
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At the end of 2015, 1 in 37 U.S. adults was incarcerated or on probation or parole, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. That’s more than 6.7 million people, and actually represents the lowest rate this country has seen since 1994, according to BJS data. The population that was under some form of “correctional supervision” was the

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How Dinosaurs Could Bridge Our Political Divide
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Plenty has been written about how our country’s political divide, but there’s one thing even Republicans and Democrats can agree on: Dinosaurs. No, seriously. Research has shown that although Republicans and Democrats don’t share a lot of interests when it comes to science, people on both sides of the aisle want to read about dinos. SUE the

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Fallen Fruit Brings Free, Organic Produce to Public Spaces
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Have you ever walked past an apple tree or berry bush in a public space and wondered what happens to the fruit? Is it safe to pick and eat, or not? Unfortunately, a lot of it goes to waste—getting overripe, falling to the ground and rotting. To the guys behind Fallen Fruit, that waste, existing

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4 Things You Can Do Today to Help Save the Environment
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Life moves fast. It’s complicated. Sometimes it feels like a huge achievement just to get your bills paid on time. And then someone’s telling you you’re supposed to add “Save the Environment” to your to-do list? You don’t have to collect rainwater or keep a compost bin under your sink to live a more environmentally

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This Technology is Helping a Paralyzed Man Move His Arm Again
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When William Kochevar’s spinal cord was severely injured in a bike accident, he was almost completely paralyzed, left with only slight movement in his right shoulder. But a new prosthetic technology that plugs into his thoughts is helping him move his arm again. Kochevar, who has quadriplegia, is now able to use his brain waves and

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A Coffee Cup Tax Could Be the Pollution Solution
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We’re the generation of reduce, reuse and recycle. But we also love our coffee. When you stop by your favorite cafe—maybe even every morning—do you make an effort to bring your own cup? Or are you taking a paper one to go? If you’re guilty of the latter, your to-go cup might be ending up

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Social Media Could Be Raising Our Stress Levels
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If you’ve ever been tempted to unplug, there’s a good reason for it: Recent polling has found that people who actively use social media experience more stress around current events. In February, the American Psychological Association released the results of their annual Stress in America survey, which “has examined sources of stress and its impact on

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How TV Affects Kids Depends on How Much Parents Earn
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If your parents had strict TV rules for you while you were growing up, now might be the time to thank them. They may have been right about how TV affects kids. Especially if you grew up in a house without a lot of money. Watching non-educational TV for more than a couple hours a day

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How Wearable Technology Brings Us Closer to Our Pets
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Would you like to know what your dog is thinking? Have you often wished that you spoke the same language? Well, it won’t be long before we’ll all be able to “speak dog,” thanks to wearable technology. While a better understanding of what our pets are thinking will be really neat—and maybe slightly creepy—it also proposes significant

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For Young Adults, Rates of Colorectal Cancer are Rising
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Misinformation about cancer can be deadly. Case in point? Many men think it’s impossible for them to develop breast cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. However, that organization estimates that about 460 men will die as a result of that cancer in 2017 alone. The same goes for young adults. That age group is

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