Editor's note

Violent incidents and vandalism committed by far-right ideologues rarely land on the national radar screen or draw rebukes from President Trump. One exception: the recent fatal stabbing of two men and the serious injury of a third aboard a train in Portland, Oregon by an alleged white supremacist. Fighting this scourge effectively requires treating it as domestic terrorism, argues Arie Perliger, who directs the University of Massachusetts Lowell security studies program.

How many apps do you use on your smartphone? Seven out of every 10, it turns out, are tracking you, compiling information about your locations and other activities. Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez at UC Berkeley’s International Computer Science Institute and Princeton’s Srikanth Sundaresan explain how they discovered this and what you can do about it.

The U.S. government kills thousands of animals every year that are damaging property or causing other problems. Wolves and coyotes that attack livestock are prime targets — but conservation biologist Megan Draheim presents evidence that killing predators is ineffective and harmful to the environment.

And yesterday was “529 Day,” created to educate Americans about the eponymously named plan that uses tax incentives to help families save for college. The problem, Colorado State University economists Robert Scott III and Steven Pressman point out, is that 529 plans have failed to make college more affordable. But there are alternatives.

Emily Schwartz Greco

Philanthropy and Nonprofits Editor

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Mourners embrace at a vigil for Richard Collins III, who was stabbed to death in College Park, Maryland. AP Photo/Brian Witte

The rising homegrown terror threat on the right

Arie Perliger, University of Massachusetts Lowell

The United States is seeing an uptick in far-right extremist violence. It's time to pay more attention to this scourge and its causes.

Economy + Business

Politics + Society


  • The US and Mexico: Education and understanding

    Earl Anthony Wayne, Hamilton College; Sergio M. Alcocer, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

    Despite hard work by both governments to overcome mistrust, more is needed to build mutual understanding between Americans and Mexicans. Educational partnerships may hold the answer.

Health + Medicine

Science + Technology

  • 7 in 10 smartphone apps share your data with third-party services

    Narseo Vallina-Rodriguez, University of California, Berkeley; Srikanth Sundaresan, Princeton University

    When smartphone apps get permission to access your location or other activity, they often share that data with other companies that can compile digital profiles on users.

  • Research transparency: 5 questions about open science answered

    Elizabeth Gilbert, The Medical University of South Carolina; Katie Corker, Grand Valley State University

    Partly in response to the so-called 'reproducibility crisis' in science, researchers are embracing a set of practices that aim to make the whole endeavor more transparent, more reliable – and better.

  • How would engineers build the Golden Gate Bridge today?

    Hota GangaRao, West Virginia University; Maria Martinez de Lahidalga de Lorenzo, West Virginia University

    It's been 80 years since this beloved landmark opened to San Francisco traffic. In the interim, technology has advanced – is there a better way to span this strait?

Environment + Energy

  • Why killing coyotes doesn't make livestock safer

    Megan M. Draheim, Virginia Tech

    The US Department of Agriculture kills thousands of predators yearly, mainly for attacking livestock. A conservation biologist explains why this policy is ineffective and ecologically harmful.

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