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Pollution from coal power plants contributes to far more deaths than scientists realized, study shows

(THE CONVERSATION) Air pollution particles from coal-fired power plants are more harmful to human health than many experts realized, and it's more than twice as likely to contribute to premature deaths as air pollution particles from other sources, new research demonstrates.
In the study, published in the journal Science, collea ... (full story)


In the 'big tent' of free speech, can you be too open-minded?


John Corvino Wayne State University

John Corvino, Wayne State University
(THE CONVERSATION) People often extol the virtue of open-mindedness, but can there be too much of a good thing?
As a college dean, I regularly observe campus controversies about the Israel-Hamas war, race relations and other hot-button iss ... (full story)


Sports


Tennis ball wasteland? Game grapples with a fuzzy yellow recycling problem

Tennis ball wasteland? Game grapples with a fuzzy yellow recycling problem

NEW YORK (AP) — Tennis has a fuzzy yellow problem most players don't think about when they open can after can of fresh balls, or when umpires at U.S. Open matches make their frequent requests for "new balls please."
Because tennis balls are extremely hard to recycle and the industry has yet to develop a ball to m ... (full story)


Preakness officials say they're considering changing the timing of the second Triple Crown race

Preakness officials say they're considering changing the timing of the second Triple Crown race

Preakness officials say they are considering moving the second Triple Crown race back to four weeks after the Kentucky Derby instead of two weeks later, which would change the timing that has been in place for decades.
Aidan Butler, CEO of 1/ST Racing, which owns and runs Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore where the Preakness take ... (full story)


Muscle building and the older adult

Contrary to popular belief, aging doesn’t necessarily mean that the ability to gain lean muscle mass gradually becomes a relic of the past.
Indeed, there’s literally hundreds of scientific studies which validate the thesis that muscle growth is possible no matter what your age.
The only hitch here is that it&rs ... (full story)


State


Fani Willis' testimony evokes long-standing frustrations for Black women leaders

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is used to prosecuting high-profile, challenging cases. But as she parried questions about her own personal conduct from the witness stand against the legal teams for defendants her office has accused of election interference, many Black women recognized a dispiriting scene.
"It a ... (full story)


Dandelions and shrubs to replace rubber, new grains and more: Are alternative crops realistic?

Katrina Cornish spends her days raising dandelions and desert shrubs. She harvests the stretchy rubber substances they produce and uses special machines to dip them into condoms, medical gloves and parts for trachea tubes. And she thinks those products could forever alter the landscape of agriculture in the United States.
Cornis ... (full story)


A year after Syria's deadly earthquake, orphaned children adjust to the loss bit by bit

IDLIB, Syria (AP) — Aya al-Sudani, a bubbly toddler with a toothy smile, marked her first birthday on Tuesday, Feb. 6, but there will be no celebration with cake and presents. The day also marks a dark memory.
On Feb. 6, 2023, a massive earthquake hit Syria and Turkey and the baby girl was pulled alive from the rubble of h ... (full story)