Reactions: Flooding could be sign of new normal

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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.

Reactions: Understanding Flint’s lead crisis

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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.

Reactions: A look at the historic Myanmar elections

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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.

Reactions: A new prime is born

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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