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The metaverse offers a future full of potential – for terrorists and extremists, too

By: - January 9, 2022

By Joel S. Elson, Austin C. Doctor and Sam Hunter The metaverse is coming. Like all technological innovation, it brings new opportunities and new risks. The metaverse is an immersive virtual reality version of the internet where people can interact with digital objects and digital representations of themselves and others, and can move more or […]

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How democracy gets eroded – lessons from a Nixon expert

By: - January 8, 2022

By Ken Hughes Now that a full year has passed since the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol, the 2020 election and the republic, it’s evident that the attack never really ended. Instead, it spread out to other, less visible, more vulnerable targets. Donald Trump had hoped to reverse his election loss in a […]

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The best way to follow through on your New Year’s resolution? Make an ‘old year’s resolution’

By: - December 31, 2021

By Mark Canada and Christina Downey If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution, your plot for self-improvement probably kicks into gear sometime on Jan. 1, when the hangover wears off and the quest for the “new you” begins in earnest. But if research on habit change is any indication, only about half of New Year’s […]

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The magnificent history of the maligned and misunderstood fruitcake

By: - December 25, 2021

By Jeffrey Miller Nothing says Christmas quite like a fruitcake – or, at the very least, a fruitcake joke. A quip attributed to former “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson has it that “There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.” It’s certainly earned its reputation for […]

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‘Twas the night before Christmas’ helped make the modern Santa – and led to a literary whodunit

By: - December 24, 2021

By Melissa Chim The poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” better known by its opening line “‘Twas the Night before Christmas,” has a special place among Christmas traditions, right alongside hot chocolate, caroling and bright lights. It has also inspired the modern image of Santa Claus as a jolly old man sporting red and a […]

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How my family makes holiday decisions that work for everyone, according to a negotiation expert

By: - December 19, 2021

By Rachel  Croson This is a holiday season like no other. Many people have been apart for nearly two years and have had so many “virtual” holidays that they are craving physical presence this year. Now that the opportunity for travel has resumed, so have social obligations – from trips to see family across the […]

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Smashed cars, burnt trees, soggy insulation: Post-disaster cleanup is expensive, time-consuming and wasteful

By: - December 19, 2021

By Sybil Derrible, Juyeong Choi and Nazli Yesiller Communities across the U.S. Southeast and Midwest will be assessing damage from the deadly and widespread tornado outbreak on Dec. 10-11, 2021 for some time. But it’s clear that the cleanups will take months, and possibly years. Dealing with enormous quantities of debris and waste materials is […]

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School shootings are at a record high this year – but they can be prevented

By: - December 5, 2021

By James Densley and Jillian Peterson Whenever a school shooting takes place like the one at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit on Nov. 30, 2021, it is typically followed by a familiar chorus of questions. How could such a thing happen? Why doesn’t the government do more to stop these shootings from occurring? Those […]

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The path to unity in Iowa includes federal LGBTQ protections

By: - December 4, 2021

By Deacon Jeanie Smith As a West Des Moines faith leader, I believe our U.S. senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, have an opportunity to bring Iowans closer together by helping find common ground to ensure fairness and equality for all Americans. Over many decades, Congress has shirked its responsibility to protect the LGBTQ community […]

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This Hanukkah, learn about the holiday’s forgotten heroes: Women

By: - December 1, 2021

By Alan Avery-Peck The eight-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah commemorates ancient Jews’ victory over the powerful Seleucid empire, which ruled much of the Middle East from the third century B.C. to the first century A.D. On the surface, it’s a story of male heroism. A ragtag rebel force led by a rural priest and his […]

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Talking turkey! How the Thanksgiving bird got its name (and then lent it to film flops)

By: - November 25, 2021

By Jack Lynch “Meleagris Gallopavo Day” is a bit of a mouthful. Which may be why this Thanksgiving, most people will opt for the less ornithologically precise “Turkey Day.” And just as turkey is a versatile meat – think of those leftover options! – so too is the word “turkey,” which can refer to everything […]

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What Americans can learn from other cultures about the language of gratitude

By: - November 24, 2021

By Jeremy David Engels and Elaine Hsieh Families and friends traditionally gather to express gratitude during this time of year. Many also participate in acts of service and charity as a way of giving back to their local communities. As communication scholars who study intercultural communication, we have studied how the many languages around the […]