Editor's note

Happy Mother’s Day weekend to all mothers out there – and to all women who have had a hand and heart in raising the next generation of humans. It’s tough work, and we applaud you. We also offer a story for you that speaks to the well-being of new mothers: Can Facebook be bad for them? Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan of Ohio State explains why.

As Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen recently argued, working mothers can stoke economic growth. Cheryl Carleton from Villanova draws on those comments to argue why it’s important for the Trump administration to institute paid leave for all caregiving workers – not just new moms – and to ensure that federal support for child care helps the people who need it most.

Mother’s Day also has us asking why women still do so much of the heavy lifting when it comes to parenting. Social work scholar Kevin Shafer says that outdated social institutions put the burden on mothers and keep men from being the dads they want to be.

All the best.

Lynne Anderson

Senior Editor, Health & Medicine

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Social media can lead to comparisons, which often can be depressing, a study finds. Africa Studios via www.shutterstock.cm

Why Facebook may fuel new mothers' insecurity

Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, The Ohio State University

Social media seem like a great way for new mothers to connect, but there are times when it's depressing. Here are some reasons new mothers may want to walk away from Facebook and connect in person.

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Economy + Business

Science + Technology

  • People don’t trust scientific research when companies are involved

    John C. Besley, Michigan State University; Aaron M. McCright, Michigan State University; Joseph D. Martin, University of Leeds; Kevin Elliott, Michigan State University; Nagwan Zahry, Michigan State University

    Scientists need funding to do their work. But a new study finds turning to industry partners taints perceptions of university research, and including other kinds of partners doesn't really help.

  • Computers to humans: Shall we play a game?

    Arend Hintze, Michigan State University

    Twenty years after Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov at chess, artificial intelligence can make games more fun, and perhaps even endlessly enjoyable, if it learns to adapt.

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Environment + Energy

  • To curb climate change, we need to protect and expand US forests

    William Moomaw, Tufts University

    A new report calls U.S. forests an undervalued asset for slowing climate change. It warns that they are being degraded by logging for wood, paper and fuel, particularly in the Southeast.

  • Are solar and wind really killing coal, nuclear and grid reliability?

    Joshua D. Rhodes, University of Texas at Austin; Michael E. Webber, University of Texas at Austin; Thomas Deetjen, University of Texas at Austin; Todd Davidson, University of Texas at Austin

    Energy Secretary Rick Perry wants to know if wind and solar are compromising the reliability of the grid and hurting coal power. The answer lies in his home state of Texas.

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