Museum specimens are like time capsules from where and when the organisms and their pathogens lived.
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Museum archives hold biological specimens that have been collected over years or even decades. Modern molecular analysis of these collections can reveal information about pathogens and their spread.
How did commemorating the Resurrection get tangled up with rabbits and eggs?
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Like Halloween and Christmas, today’s Easter traditions are a blend of Christian and non-Christian influences.
To serve the public, museums need to spend money on outreach.
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Two scholars found that when arts nonprofits devote 35% of their budget to overhead, they fare best in terms of attendance.
People tend to underestimate how much a friend they’ve lost contact with would enjoy a simple note saying ‘hi.’
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It can feel risky to try reconnecting with people in our lives after falling out of touch – but fears of rejection are often overblown.
The musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ has always had ardent fans and fierce critics.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s famous musical has long inspired controversy for how it depicts the story of Jesus of Nazareth.
A statue of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy in Moscow.
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If Dostoevsky insists that one cannot shy away from horror and tragedy, Tolstoy would contend that people must act upon what they see.
The pandemic has made the affordable housing crisis a lot worse, in part by increasing the rate of evictions.
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California and other states plan to build more homes in an effort to fix America’s affordable housing problem. But that’s not the main reason housing remains unaffordable for millions of people.
Voting rights activists protest voter restriction laws being passed in states across the country, in Washington, D.C., July 15, 2021.
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Americans tend to think of diversity in demographic terms, but it has a qualitative element to it that reflects a fundamental battle between segregation and integration.
People rally against ‘critical race theory’ at the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg, Va. on June 12, 2021.
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New laws that take aim at critical race theory could pose serious dilemmas for teachers when it comes to describing America’s past, a curriculum specialist says.
Celebrating Montenegrin independence on May 21, 2006.
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Western leaders learned the hard way 25 years ago that conflict in the Balkans can become ethnic cleansing. Add Russia into the mix, and Montenegro’s new problems are US and European problems, too.
A Trump supporter climbs scaffolding in an effort to breach the U.S. Capitol.
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What would happen, the Russian novelist wondered, when people lacking any semblance of ideological or moral convictions rise to power?
Behind the scenes, natural history museums store biological samples from the field.
Specimen preservation means researchers don’t need to reinvent the wheel each time they ask a new question, making it critical for the advancement of science. But many specimens are discarded or lost.
Small rural hospitals across the country are struggling to find enough space, staff and supplies.
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Hospitals are losing staff to quarantines as rural COVID-19 cases rise, and administrators fear flu season will make it worse. And then there’s the politics.
Protesters demanding a freeze on rents in Minneapolis.
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Current measures prohibiting the eviction of tenants and helping them through the financial crisis won’t last forever. A 40-year-old voucher program might be a longer term solution.
Bet you can’t eat just one.
Everyone knows it’s hard to stop eating potato chips or chocolate chip cookies. New research shows why: Certain combinations of fat, sodium, sugar or carbohydrates make them irresistible.
Big education tests come with serious side effects, research shows.
While large-scale education assessments, such as the PISA, are meant to show how education systems are faring around the world, evidence shows these assessments come with a host of problems.
Models suggest that the effects of climate change will devastate the already threatened Timneh Parrot.
Some say Till’s body was dumped from the Old Black Bayou Bridge in Glendora, Mississippi. Others dispute this detail.
Scholars continue to debate what, exactly, happened to Emmett Till the morning of his murder. But that hasn’t stopped a poor Mississippi community from trying to profit off one version of the story.
Dinosaurs had some bad luck, but sooner or later extinction comes for all of us.
Death is inevitable for individuals and also for species. With help from the fossil record, paleontologists are piecing together what might make one creature more vulnerable than another.
Women protest against child marriage in Albany, New York.
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It is possible for minors in all 50 states to get married. A scholar explains the long history of child marriage, mostly of young girls, in the US.