Between August 8 and 15, 2016, over 20 inches of rainfall fell over a large area of southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi. Latest estimates have between 40,000 and 110,000 homes damaged or destroyed across the state and 13 people dead. Climatologist and Professor of Geography Dagmar Budikova explores why these “1,000-year-storms” are becoming more frequent.
Rebecca Saunders calls the French ban on burkinis ironic in its call for “decency.”
Professor of Economics David Cleeton explains the questions that arise for the departure, and how the vote was not a huge surprise.
A slew of state legislation has emerged to reverse LGBT equality rulings.
Associate Professor of History Touré Reed discusses the history of affirmative action, and called it a hard-won victory that must be defended.
Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry Chris Hamaker, who is studying expelling materials like lead from water using organic molecules, explains the problem with Flint, Michigan’s pipes.
Professor of Chemistry Gregory Ferrence gives some insight into the birth of the new additions to the Periodic Table of Elements.
Department of Politics and Government’s Meghan Leonard reacts to President Barack Obama’s nomination of D.C. Circuit Court Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.
Htin Kyaw has been named the new president of Myanmar after a historic battle for democracy. Illinois State’s Professor Joseph Zompetti, comments on the elections after he spent time in Myanmar helping non-governmental organizations (NGOs) create arguments for democracy under a military regime.
Prime numbers are those positive integers whose only divisors are 1 and itself. (The first few primes are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, ….) Recently, a computer discovered a new prime number. Illinois State’s Sunil Chebolu of the Department of Mathematics explains the race to find large prime numbers. Chebolu: Prime numbers