Ordinary Russians are already feeling the economic pain of sanctions over Ukraine invasion

As the ruble crumbles, are the wheels falling off the Russian economy? AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin The daily life of ordinary Russians – not just the country’s political elite or super rich oligarchs – is already being impacted by economic measures imposed by the international community in response to the invasion of Ukraine. As a scholar… Continue reading Ordinary Russians are already feeling the economic pain of sanctions over Ukraine invasion

Ukraine war follows after decades of warnings that NATO expansion into Eastern Europe could provoke Russia

On Feb. 24, Russian tanks moving into Ukraine. Sergei MalSergei MalgavkoTASS via Getty Images) As fighting rages across Ukraine, two versions of reality that underlie the conflict stare across a deep divide, neither conceding any truth to the other. The more widespread and familiar view in the West, particularly in the United States, is that… Continue reading Ukraine war follows after decades of warnings that NATO expansion into Eastern Europe could provoke Russia

Is it possible to listen to too much music each day?

Listening to music can be a joyful experience. Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. Is it possible to listen to too much music each day? – Emma, age… Continue reading Is it possible to listen to too much music each day?

How Mexico’s lucrative avocado industry found itself smack in the middle of gangland

Thanks to the high prices they command, avocados are sometimes referred to as ‘green gold.’ Jose Castanares/AFP via Getty Images To the relief of avocado lovers from coast to coast, the recent drama between the United States and Mexico was fleeting. The U.S. Department of Agriculture banned imports of the fleshy fruit from Mexico on… Continue reading How Mexico’s lucrative avocado industry found itself smack in the middle of gangland

January warm spells, March freezes: How plants manage the shift from winter to spring

A late snowfall could set back the growth of this budding lilac. oddharmonic/Flickr, CC BY-SA Weather patterns across the U.S. have felt like a roller coaster ride for the past several months. December and January were significantly warmer than average in many locations, followed by February’s intense cold wave and a dramatic warmup. If you’ve… Continue reading January warm spells, March freezes: How plants manage the shift from winter to spring

How do archaeologists know where to dig?

A variety of clues can tip off archaeologists about a promising spot for excavation. Gabriel Wrobel , CC BY-ND National Geographic magazines and Indiana Jones movies might have you picturing archaeologists excavating near Egyptian pyramids, Stonehenge and Machu Picchu. And some of us do work at these famous places. But archaeologists like us want to… Continue reading How do archaeologists know where to dig?

Wikipedia at 20: Why it often overlooks stories of women in history

Less than a third of biographical entries on Wikipedia are about women. aradaphotography/shutterstock.com Movements like #MeToo have drawn increased attention to the systemic discrimination facing women in a range of professional fields, from Hollywood and journalism to banking and government. Discrimination is also a problem on user-driven sites like Wikipedia. Wikipedia’s 20th birthday is on… Continue reading Wikipedia at 20: Why it often overlooks stories of women in history

Putin’s claim to rid Ukraine of Nazis is especially absurd given its history

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed the war on Ukraine is a ‘peacekeeping mission.’ Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP Russian President Vladimir Putin justifies his war on Ukraine as a peacekeeping mission, a “denazification” of the country. In his address to the Russian people on Feb. 24, 2022, Putin said the purpose… Continue reading Putin’s claim to rid Ukraine of Nazis is especially absurd given its history

Targeting Putin’s inner circle and keeping Europe on board: Why Biden’s sanctions may actually work to make Russia pay for invading Ukraine

The ruble crashed to a record low after Putin invaded Ukraine and the West announced new sanctions. Alexander Nemenov/AFP via Getty Images) The Biden administration is delivering on its vow to impose “severe sanctions” against Russia for its military aggression against Ukraine. The new sanctions announced on Feb. 24, 2022, will cut off Russia’s major… Continue reading Targeting Putin’s inner circle and keeping Europe on board: Why Biden’s sanctions may actually work to make Russia pay for invading Ukraine