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Inam Rehman, manager of Jubilee Vape & Smoke Inc., vapes while discussing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Bebeto Matthews/AP Photo

From smoking to vaping: Why do we abuse our lungs?

E-cigarettes are taking a growing toll on health, but they are only the most recent in centuries of harm. Are lungs are made for the most essential function of life, how did humans come to abuse them?
An opposition activist holds the Russian Constitution during a protest in Moscow, Aug. 17, 2019 against the exclusion of some candidates from Moscow’s upcoming election. AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Moscow’s municipal elections illustrate the growing political crisis in Russia

The Moscow elections of September 2019 were a referendum on President Vladimir Putin's ruling party. And the opposition's success suggests a looming political crisis for Putin and his regime.
Bill Maher suggests that fat-shaming may help people lose weight. Randy Miramontez/Shutterstock.com

Why Bill Maher is wrong about fat-shaming

Fat-shaming is as ineffective as it is cruel. The bullying tactic also ignores the biological factors underlying obesity, which are not always under a person's control.
Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable death in the U.S. A test for long-time smokers might be able to detect lung cancer earlier, thereby saving lives. Lightspring/Shutterstock.com

The test that could save the life of a long-time smoker you know

Low-dose CT scans can detect lung cancer in smokers and former smokers at an early and sometimes treatable stage. Why are so few smokers and former smokers getting them?
Is privacy what you can’t see, or where you don’t look? Kamil Macniak/Shutterstock.com

What’s private depends on who you are and where you live

Privacy starts with the body and extends to digital data. There are few rules governing what companies can do – yet people can't effectively protect their own privacy.
Kashmiri Muslims shout slogans during a protest after Eid prayers in Srinagar. AP Photo/ Dar Yasin

What’s behind the protests in Kashmir?

India recently revoked a special provision that ended the autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Here's the history of the constitutional provision, Article 370.
Of Jennifer Silva’s sample of 108 working-class people, over two-thirds didn’t even vote in the 2016 election. AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

Why do so many working class Americans feel politics is pointless?

A sociologist spent over a year interviewing black, white and Latino residents of a declining coal town in central Pennsylvania, plumbing the sources of their political disillusionment.
Learn to protect yourself. Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock.com

5 ways to protect yourself from cybercrime

A leader of a new effort to teach cybersecurity to local community organizations and the public at large offers some basic tips to get everyone started.

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