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Could a national buyback program reduce gun violence in America?

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Americans own nearly half of the world’s guns, with approximately 120 firearms for every 100 U.S. residents. Gun control policies may someday restrict new gun sales. But what impact can they have when Americans already own millions of guns? Some have pointed to gun buybacks as a potential solution to this […]

For the presidential race, ‘electability’ could decide who wins and who loses

Credit: CC0 Public Domain In 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was deemed “electable” by analysts just four years after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney carried the same label in the race against President Barack Obama, a contest that Romney lost. This election, pundits have dubbed former Vice President Joe Biden as the most […]

Voters really want presidential candidates to talk more about science

Do you agree or disagree that the presidential candidates should participate in a debate to discuss key science-based challenges facing the United States, such as health care, climate change, energy, education, innovation, and the economy? Credit: Research!America A large majority of Iowans (74 percent) say it is important for the presidential candidates to talk about […]

How to encourage the occasional voter to cast a ballot

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Despite a cumulative increase of nearly 10 percent in voter turnout in Canadian federal elections between 2008 and 2015, the country’s voter turnout rates remain moderate. And they’re about 20 percent lower than they were before the 1990s. This current rate means governments are being formed with the support of a […]

When considering presidential candidates, age is just a number

With more people living longer and healthier lives than ever before, a new white paper published by the American Federation for Aging Research shows there is no such thing as being too old to be president. Author S. Jay Olshansky, professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, estimated […]