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Posts from September 2013

Don’t Call Retreat in the War on Hunger

By Patricia M. Anderson, Kristin F. Butcher, Hilary W. Hoynes, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

The real crisis is hunger, not government spending. The House voted last week to cut $39 billion over 10 years on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, also called both SNAP and “Food Stamps,” and now the bill moves to the Senate. It has become a controversial funding issue. Despite the … More

Drone U: Census Uncovers the U.S. “Drone Belt”

by Matt Caccavale & Samra Kasim

    Our drone-filled future?     Image created by Victoria Veluz Drones deliver your tacos! Drones walk your kid to school! Behind the headline-grabbing news, a complex ecosystem of industry, legislation, community groups, and research powers the exponential growth in drones. … More

Weather and Violence

by Solomon Hsiang, Marshall Burke and Edward Miguel

As temperatures rise, tempers flare. Anyone who has experienced the hostility of a swelteringly hot summer day in the city can attest to that. But researchers are now quantifying the causal relationship between extreme climate and human conflict. Whether their focus is on small-scale interpersonal aggression or… More