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  • The Case For African American Reparations, Explained

    The question of whether the U.S. government should compensate the descendants of enslaved and oppressed African Americans is gaining national attention.

  • Singles Day Shows China’s Global Retail Power

    A mascot for Alibaba’s online shopping site Tmall urges customers to buy on Singles Day. (Ng Han Guan/AP Photo) By Venkatesh Shankar, Texas A&M University Mays Business School, for The Conversation Nov. 11, or 11/11, has been celebrated as Singles Day – a sort of anti-Valentine’s Day for single people –…

  • Want To Help After A disaster? Consider Waiting A Bit

    Boats are seen tossed around after Hurricane Harvey passed through on August 26, 2017 in Rockport, Texas. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) By Michelle Annette Meyer, Texas A&M University College of Architecture, and Gregory R. Witkowski, Columbia University, for the Conversation What’s the best way to help disaster victims? We agree with…

  • As Life Expectancies Rise, So Are Expectations For Healthy Aging

    Healthy aging is a new norm, researchers say, with older adults having a new name and attitude. (Shutterstock) By Marcia G. Ory, Texas A&M University; Basia Belza, University of Washington; Matthew Lee Smith, Texas A&M University, for The Conversation The Fountain of Youth may still be a myth, but…

  • Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For You? A Doctor Weighs In

    Some people love apple cider vinegar and believe it to be an aid to weight loss. (Shutterstock) By Gabriel Neal, Texas A&M University College of Medicine, for The Conversation When my brother and I were kids back in the ‘80s, we loved going to Long John Silver’s. But it…

  • Minority Job Applicants With ‘Strong Racial Identities’ May Encounter Less Pay And Lower Odds Of Getting Hired

    Research has shown African-Americans get fewer job callbacks than whites. (Shutterstock) By George B. Cunningham, Texas A&M University College of Education & Human Development, for The Conversation Race-based discrimination is common in the hiring process. For example, racial minorities are less likely than whites to receive a callback when they…

  • It’s 2018. Do You Know Where Your Medical Records Are?

    Electronic medical records could be shared between health systems, allowing doctors to share information and possibly improve care. (Shutterstock) By Bita A. Kash, Texas A&M University and  Stephen L. Jones, Cornell University, for The Conversation Can you imagine a future where the question “Did you…

  • Why You Can Smell Rain

    Your nose knows what’s on the way. (Lucy Chian/Unsplash) By Tim Logan, College of Geosciences, for The Conversation When those first fat drops of summer rain fall to the hot, dry ground, have you ever noticed a distinctive odor? I have childhood memories of family members who were farmers…

  • Text Messages To Parents Can Help Boost Children’s Reading Skills

    Sending text-message reminders and tips to parents can help boost their children’s reading skills. (Shutterstock) By Kalena E. Cortes, Texas A&M University Bush School of Government & Public Service and Hans Fricke, Stanford University CORE-PACE Research Partnership Boosting preschoolers’ literacy can be as simple as…

  • You Don’t Have To Look Far To Find Human Trafficking Victims

    A training program for flight attendants at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, drawing attention to sex trafficking. (Brian Snyder/Reuters) By Laurie Charles, Texas A&M University College of Nursing, for The Conversation Many people think that human trafficking means kidnapping and moving victims across state or national borders. After working…