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Often when we think about diversity and inclusion, we look at it through a lens crafted by years of training seminars and decades of awareness campaigns. Whether it’s workshops, consultants or modules, the diversity industry has become a multibillion-dollar business, and yet, there seems to be a continual need for more attention to be paid to diversity efforts across all spectrums of American life.

A woman getting her blood pressure tested.
Photo by Hush Naidoo on Unsplash

Time and again, research has shown that increased diversity is beneficial to society and the world. In nature, biodiversity is essential for the survival of entire ecosystems. In workplaces, differing world views and experiences lead to innovation, creativity and increased production. Awareness of the need for diversity has certainly increased in recent decades, but many industries are struggling to recruit people from differing backgrounds. That can have a chilling effect, especially if that industry is one that touches everyone, like healthcare.

What's In The Water?

Nov 14, 2019
A pit lake covers the former Anaconda Copper Mine in Yerington.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

In the U.S., nearly a quarter of the freshwater we use comes from underground aquifers. That's nearly 80 billion gallons of groundwater every day. As climate change and drought become more prevalent, so does our dependence on groundwater, but what happens when it becomes polluted?

Is The Robotic Revolution Upon Us?

Aug 14, 2019
A white robot with human features stands ready to assist humans with various tasks.
Alex Knight via Unsplash

For nearly a century, they’ve been at the forefront of science fiction. They’ve been both heroes and villains. Sometimes they’re highly sophisticated and intelligent, while others are a bit more bumbling and even neurotic. We’re talking, of course, about robots.

Is Seeing Really Believing?

Jul 17, 2019
Gideon Caplovitz/UNR

There’s an old adage that 'seeing is believing' or 'I’ll believe it when I see it,' but can our eyes really be trusted?

Searching For Life 'Out There'

Jun 12, 2019
Brittany Kruger

Since antiquity, humans have been looking up and wondering, ‘Is there life out there?’ or ‘Are we alone?’. The latest Kepler mission data suggests that there are over 40 billion habitable world zones in the universe with the potential to support life. Out of the 40 billion habitable zones, there has to be life out there somewhere, right?

Resiliency In The Face Of Climate Change

Apr 17, 2019

Climate change is becoming a reality. According to NASA, over the next century, our planet is likely going to see some pretty significant changes. We’re already seeing rising sea levels due to the melting ice caps, along with storms that are stronger and more frequent.

For people living in the American West, the snowpack is becoming less predictable. Summers are longer and hotter, and severe droughts are pushing us to become more reliant on water reserves. Perhaps most notably, those hotter, drier summers are resulting in more and more wildfires.

Examining Fire Resilience In The American West

Apr 16, 2019
Smoke and burned trees from a wildfire
Photo by Joanne Francis on Unsplash

The ecosystems of the American West are under threat from climate change. Analysis by the Bureau of Land Management says areas like the Great Basin are particularly susceptible, with invasive species, increasing temperatures and years of extreme drought, putting the country’s largest desert at risk.