The Conversation

Railroads and unions reach deal to avert devastating strike, keeping America’s trains and the economy on track – for now

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Most Americans may not appreciate the central role that private railroads play in supporting the U.S. economy and their everyday lives. Recent fears of a railroad strike may have changed that.

School start times and screen time late in the evening exacerbate sleep deprivation in US teenagers

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With the school year underway around the U.S., parents and caregivers are once again faced with the age-old struggle of wrangling groggy kids out of bed in the morning. For parents of preteens and teenagers, it can be particularly challenging.

Viruses may be ‘watching’ you – some microbes lie in wait until their hosts unknowingly give them the signal to start multiplying and kill them

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If the enemy of your enemy is your friend, phages are certainly your friends. Phages control bacterial populations in nature, and clinicians are increasingly using them to treat bacterial infections that do not respond to antibiotics.

The national broadband rollout has a blind spot: Lack of accurate, transparent data about internet access speeds

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Imagine purchasing "up to" a gallon of milk for US$4.50, or paying for "up to" a full tank of gas. Most people would view such transactions as absurd. And yet, in the realm of broadband service, the use of "up to" speeds has become standard business practice.