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Is the galaxy full of Earths?
Jim Bell says NASA's latest discovery support the notion that habitable worlds are probably common in the galaxy.
Are college students learning?
Ben Wildavsky: If you want to know how U.S. schoolchildren are performing, you don't have to look far. But we need a way to know how much college students are learning.
Ukraine crisis could pull U.S. to war
Graham Allison says if an unchecked and emboldened Russia foments conflict in a nation like Latvia, a NATO member with a Russian speaking population, the West would have to defend it.
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University president to grads: no selfies while receiving your diploma
The diploma stand at Bryant University is a no-selfie zone this year. Photo by Getty Images
An effective selfie should capture a unique, once in a lifetime moment. Like winning an Oscar or meeting the president. But students graduating from Rhode Island’s Bryant University can nix “receiving your college diploma” from their selfie bucket list.
That’s because the university has asked students not to pursue a selfie with its president while receiving their diplomas.
University President Ronald Machtley says students stop him all the time on campus to ask him to take a selfie with them. But having 800 graduates trying to snap a shot at the May 17 ceremony would be too much, he tells the Associated Press.
He says he’d be happy to take photos afterward.
Senior Ali Luthman told the news agency that some students might be upset about the no selfies rule but “no one is crying about it.”
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Cities crack down on homeless living in vehicles
Several cities have passed laws that ban people from living in their cars. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
As U.S. home prices continue to rise and apartment vacancy rates drop, the lack of affordable housing has even edged the most vulnerable — the homeless — out of their cars and into the streets.
The Wall Street Journal reports that at least 70 cities in the nation have passed laws that ban people from living in their vehicles. In Palo Alto, Calif., people living in their cars face a fine as high as $1,000 or a six-month jail sentence. These measures are a response to homelessness, which has increased in certain metro areas during the recession, despite a nationwide dip:
“With the dearth of affordable housing for folks, sometime they have no other option,” said Robert Dolci, homesless-concerns coordinator for Santa Clara County. He said that with a low vacancy rate and rising rents, landlords aren’t necessarily eager to rent to people with spotty employment and credit or limited government housing subsidies.
Palo Alto has withheld from enforcing the ban for now, the Journal reports, awaiting the result of an appeal to a similar law in Los Angeles. A decision is expected later this year.
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Share your photos of places that have gone ‘extinct’
This Tower Records has seen better days. Photo by Amin Eshaiker via Wikimedia
Remember that mall you used to go to each weekend with your friends? The one that’s now devoid of any life? Or the empty lot near your apartment that used to house your favorite hamburger joint?
We want you to tell us about the spaces in your life that have, more or less, gone extinct. Take a photo of the places of your yesteryear that are now abandoned, the rundown buildings you pass everyday on your way to work and the vacant stores that were once filled with the bustle of people.
Post your photos on Twitter or Instagram and tag @NewsHour and #ExtinctionWeek. Do you have history with the place? Is it somewhere you’ve seen several times but don’t know the full backstory? Tell us.
You can also send your photos and descriptions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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