Editor's note

As deaths from opioid addiction continue to rise, it makes sense to ask: why are treatment drugs so costly? Robin Feldman, an expert in intellectual property law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, explains that tactics long used by the pharmaceutical industry are hindering the fight against opioid addiction. “Lack of access to addiction treatment,” she writes, “can be traced, in part, to the soaring prices, access problems, and anti-competitive conduct that has become business-as-usual in the pharmaceutical industry across the board.”

Seventy five years ago tomorrow, the Disney animated movie “Bambi” had its world-premiere screening in London. Adam Bargteil, a scholar of computer animation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, looks at how the film used both realism and abstract portrayal for artistic purposes, laying the groundwork for future artistic explorations of both video games and modern computer animation.

In a poll released last week most Americans said they support transgender military service – while most Republicans said they do not. The pushback against integrating minorities into the armed services is nothing new. Whether it be African Americans, Catholics or transgender people, as Wesleyan University historian Richard Slotkin argues, “the armed forces have played a vital role in shaping American social policy toward the country’s minorities.”

Lynne Anderson

Senior Editor, Health & Medicine

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Paul Wright, in treatment for opioid addiction in June 2017 at the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic in Youngstown Ohio, shows a photo of himself from 2015, when he almost died from an overdose. AP Photo/David Dermer

How Big Pharma is hindering treatment of the opioid addiction epidemic

Robin Feldman, University of California, Hastings

The number of people dying from opioid overdose continues to rise, in part because of cheap street drugs. Yet the price of a drug used to treat addiction is out of reach for many.

Science + Technology

Politics + Society

Environment + Energy

  • Cities need more than air conditioning to get through heat waves

    Nicholas Rajkovich, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

    How can cities protect residents during heat waves? There's no single solution, but expanding air conditioning, installing passive cooling features in homes and planting shade trees all can help.


  • Asian America needs affirmative action in higher education

    Stacey Lee, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Kevin K. Kumashiro, University of San Francisco

    Not all Asian-Americans are high-achieving model minorities. What happens when the myth of Asian disadvantage hurts some of the most marginalized students in the US?

  • Affirmative action around the world

    Michele S. Moses, University of Colorado; Laura Dudley Jenkins, University of Cincinnati

    'Positive discrimination' policies around the world are on the rise. What might other countries teach the U.S. about attaining racial, economic and gender equality in higher education?

Ethics + Religion

Economy + Business

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When a heat wave is forecast, the standard advice is to drink plenty of water, take frequent breaks and wear sunscreen. But for extreme heat events, those steps may not be enough.


Cities need more than air conditioning to get through heat waves

Nicholas Rajkovich

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Nicholas Rajkovich