Thursday, May 31, 2018

Poverty in the suburbs


Editor's note

Since 1990, the number of suburban residents living in high poverty areas has almost tripled. In fact, research shows that poverty is growing faster in America’s suburbs than in its cities or rural areas. Scott Allard of the University of Washington explains what’s driving this trend – and why suburbs are uniquely ill-equipped to cope.

Have you ever heard of triclosan? The antimicrobial compound is found in many personal care products, making it almost impossible to avoid. Now researchers at University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered that, in mice, it causes mild inflammation in the gut of healthy animals. In animals already suffering from inflammatory bowel disease, the health impact was even worse.

On Tuesday, ABC canceled its popular “Roseanne” reboot only hours after its star sent a racist tweet. The network’s quick reaction surprised many, but in the age of social media, companies must act fast when consumer trust is threatened, writes Michigan State University’s Anjana Susarla, an expert on how online conversations go viral.

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An American suburb. jansgate/flickr

Why poverty is rising faster in suburbs than in cities

Scott W. Allard, University of Washington

Poverty rates across the suburban landscape have increased by 50 percent since 1990. This suburbanization of poverty is one of the most important demographic trends of the last 50 years.

An ingredient in toothpaste and other personal care products may be harming the microbes in our gut and leaving us vulnerable to disease. Ilya Andriyanov/

Triclosan, a common antimicrobial in toothpaste and other products, linked to inflammation and cancer in the gut

Haixia Yang, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Triclosan is found in thousands of personal care products from toothpaste to soap. New research links it to inflammation and cancer in the gut in mice, by disrupting their microbiome.

So long Roseanne? Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

Why ABC reacted so swiftly to Roseanne's racist tweet

Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University

Incidents that may have been mere hiccups a few years ago can go viral in an instant today. ABC seems to have learned from the mistakes of others.

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Arts + Culture

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    Simon Gottschalk, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    Technology has made many aspects of daily life much easier. So why do we still feel so overwhelmed?

Environment + Energy


  • How the US benefits when it educates future world leaders

    Nathan Urban, University of Pittsburgh; Ariel C. Armony, University of Pittsburgh

    As the number of international students studying in the United States declines, so does the nation's 'soft power,' a pair of international education scholars argue.

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