A new unity on solutions for climate change

Both parties in Congress now support incentives for capturing carbon emissions from oil, gas, and coal. The political shift from a divisive debate is welcome. Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 7:05 pm Support Us

Beyond positive thinking: thoughts that heal

When today’s contributor prayed for his injured dog, he experienced how God’s thoughts come with a power that brings tangible healing. Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 6:26 pm Support Us

Summits give aging North Korean spies hope of returning home

Former cold war-era North Korean spies trapped in the South are hoping the recent thaw in tensions between their countries will allow them to return home to their “ideological homeland.”   Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 6:26 pm Support Us

In an Ohio town, fostering community over cream puffs

Moving cross-country to a tiny rural town to open a new bakery may not seem like a recipe for success. But the search for a close-knit community and a less expensive, simpler life led one family to give it a try.  Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 5:45 pm Support Us

Why the US and China settled for a trade truce

Trump’s threat of a US-China trade war has abated, but underlying tensions are likely to deepen over China’s drive to catch up with the US on technology.  Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 5:45 pm Support Us

In Europe, it is both easier and harder to get an abortion than in US

Europe’s abortion laws vary from country to country, creating a patchwork that can be more difficult to navigate than in the US. But at the same time, Europe is often more accommodating to those seeking abortion thanks to ubiquitous healthcare. Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 5:29 pm Support Us

Is ditching fossil fuels entirely a reasonable goal?

California and New York are leading the nation in a transition to cleaner energy. But even these states are finding it’s a lot easier to get to a 50 percent reduction in emissions than get to complete “decarbonization.” Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 5:29 pm Support Us

Wyoming tries to attract blockchain business

Wyoming has passed several laws to make it a more friendly state for blockchain companies, the much-hyped decentralized database that records digital currency transactions. The state, dependent on fossil fuels, hopes to diversity its economy by attracting tech businesses.  Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 5:12 pm Support Us

The deft broker behind plans for a Trump-Kim summit

Over the past year, South Korea’s new president has used praise, warmth, and humility to bring out the best in the American and North Korean leaders. Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 5:01 pm Support Us

New Malaysian government offers hope for simmering ethnic tensions

With the surprising loss of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak two weeks ago, the country has undergone a dramatic transformation. Now, new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is urging greater equality for the region’s many ethnic minorities.  Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 5:01 pm Support Us

With fewer incoming refugees, US resettlement centers dwindle

Dozens of resettlement offices around the country are closing or downsizing following the Trump administration’s decision to slash the numbers of refugees allowed entry to the US. For local communities, these organizations are vital to helping new arrivals assimilate.  Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 4:39 pm Support Us

Security advocates challenge facial recognition in policing

Several privacy advocate organizations have penned a letter to Amazon, asking the corporation to stop marketing new facial recognition software to police stations. The group argues that the powerful technology equates to government surveillance. Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 4:10 pm Support Us

A G7 summit with hospitality on the table

As host of June’s Group of Seven gathering, Canada has put two of the latest mass migrations on the agenda. Its own generosity toward migrants should help elevate the West’s response to a global refugee crisis. Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 3:54 pm Support Us

How a soccer star gave hope to his Egyptian hometown

An entire village will tune in to watch Mohamed Salah, a forward for the English club Liverpool, who in turn has invested in his Nile Delta village with an improved mosque, hospital, and school as Egypt struggles through economic hardships.  Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 3:54 pm Support Us

Stuck in legal limbo, Dreamers fight to practice law

DACA recipients have now had just enough time to graduate from high school, get a bachelor’s degree, and now, in some cases, a law degree. Those who have are positioning themselves for a fight to be able to practice law.  Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 3:53 pm Support Us

Amid Israel-Gaza violence, a personal drive to preserve humanity and hope

It’s a challenge to prevent fear from overwhelming compassion. Even before the latest violence, animosity and distrust have run deep on both sides of the Israeli-Gazan border. For some Israeli residents of the region, there’s no alternative but to reach out to preserve hope. Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 3:53 pm Support… Read More

Stuck in legal limbo, Dreamers fight to practice law

DACA recipients have now had just enough time to graduate from high school, get a bachelor’s degree, and now, in some cases, a law degree. Those who have are positioning themselves for a fight to be able to practice law.  Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 3:53 pm Support Us

Confronting Iran, US tests diplomatic strength without unity

Beyond outlining harsh measures to constrain Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s speech Monday at the Heritage Foundation seemed to imply a fundamental question about US foreign policy: Can it achieve key goals without a coalition of its most powerful allies? Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 3:53 pm Support Us

The payback of follow-through

‘I’ll send you a postcard,’ I said to the phone store clerk. Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 3:53 pm Support Us

Turkey’s halal-friendly tourism draws crowds

Dozens of hotels and resorts in Turkey are accommodating religious strictures on modesty to boost tourism. Many foreign guests are Muslims from European countries seeking a respite from right-wing and anti-immigrant sentiments. Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 3:53 pm Support Us

Diaz-Canel crafts new public persona as Cuban president

In sharp contrast with his reclusive predecessor, Raúl Castro, Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel has begun to appear in publicly televised speeches and meetings with local communities – signaling a potential shift in how the new leader intends to govern. Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 3:53 pm Support Us

Why Trump canceled N. Korea summit: Three questions

President Trump’s abrupt decision to scrap the highly anticipated meeting with Kim Jong-un was both unexpected and entirely forseeable – and raises questions about what may come next. Full Story Here CS Monitor May 24, 2018 2:26 pm Support Us

Response to Comment on “Plant diversity increases with the strength of negative density dependence at the global scale”

Hülsmann and Hartig suggest that ecological mechanisms other than specialized natural enemies or intraspecific competition contribute to our estimates of conspecific negative density dependence (CNDD). To address their concern, we show that our results are not the result of a methodological artifact and present a null-model analysis that demonstrates that our original findings—(i) stronger CNDD… Read More

Beyond fossil fuel-driven nitrogen transformations

Nitrogen is fundamental to all of life and many industrial processes. The interchange of nitrogen oxidation states in the industrial production of ammonia, nitric acid, and other commodity chemicals is largely powered by fossil fuels. A key goal of contemporary research in the field of nitrogen chemistry is to minimize the use of fossil fuels… Read More

Cell type transcriptome atlas for the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea

The transcriptome of a cell dictates its unique cell type biology. We used single-cell RNA sequencing to determine the transcriptomes for essentially every cell type of a complete animal: the regenerative planarian Schmidtea mediterranea. Planarians contain a diverse array of cell types, possess lineage progenitors for differentiated cells (including pluripotent stem cells), and constitutively express… Read More

Response to Comment on “Plant diversity increases with the strength of negative density dependence at the global scale”

Chisholm and Fung claim that our method of estimating conspecific negative density dependence (CNDD) in recruitment is systematically biased, and present an alternative method that shows no latitudinal pattern in CNDD. We demonstrate that their approach produces strongly biased estimates of CNDD, explaining why they do not detect a latitudinal pattern. We also address their… Read More

Imaging of pure spin-valley diffusion current in WS2-WSe2 heterostructures

Transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) materials are promising for spintronic and valleytronic applications because valley-polarized excitations can be generated and manipulated with circularly polarized photons and the valley and spin degrees of freedom are locked by strong spin-orbital interactions. In this study we demonstrate efficient generation of a pure and locked spin-valley diffusion current in tungsten… Read More

Building one molecule from a reservoir of two atoms

Chemical reactions typically proceed via stochastic encounters between reactants. Going beyond this paradigm, we combined exactly two atoms in a single, controlled reaction. The experimental apparatus traps two individual laser-cooled atoms [one sodium (Na) and one cesium (Cs)] in separate optical tweezers and then merges them into one optical dipole trap. Subsequently, photoassociation forms an… Read More

Evolution of pallium, hippocampus, and cortical cell types revealed by single-cell transcriptomics in reptiles

Computations in the mammalian cortex are carried out by glutamatergic and -aminobutyric acid–releasing (GABAergic) neurons forming specialized circuits and areas. Here we asked how these neurons and areas evolved in amniotes. We built a gene expression atlas of the pallium of two reptilian species using large-scale single-cell messenger RNA sequencing. The transcriptomic signature of glutamatergic… Read More

Long-range exciton transport in conjugated polymer nanofibers prepared by seeded growth

Easily processed materials with the ability to transport excitons over length scales of more than 100 nanometers are highly desirable for a range of light-harvesting and optoelectronic devices. We describe the preparation of organic semiconducting nanofibers comprising a crystalline poly(di-n-hexylfluorene) core and a solvated, segmented corona consisting of polyethylene glycol in the center and polythiophene… Read More