Har Gobind Khorana pieced together how DNA encoded for the proteins that life relies on.
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Khorana rose from humble beginnings in India to decipher the genetic code. But his enormous contribution to science has been largely overlooked.
An algorithm is the centerpiece of one criminal justice reform program, but should it be race-blind?
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A cornerstone of the First Step Act, passed with bipartisan support, is the PATTERN risk-assessment tool.
Not every vote is counted equal.
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Alabama will be allowed to keep a congressional map that critics say disadvantages Black voters. That does not bode well for 2022 midterms, argues a law scholar.
Football, as a mirror to society?
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As the Los Angeles Rams prepare to take on the Cincinnati Bengals, The Conversation takes a critical look at some of the biggest news stories from the past NFL season.
A cutout display at a protest highlighted the connection between social media and the real-world effects of misinformation.
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Misinformation will continue to strain society in 2022 as the lines between misinformation and political speech blur, cynicism grows and the lack of regulation allows misinformation to flourish.
Murderers who will face maximum sentence of life in prison.
Experts help explain the context around the murder trial and convictions of Greg McMichael, Travis McMichael and William Bryan.
Many churches propped up white supremacist beliefs through pulpit rhetoric and segregationist policies.
Race and religion have intertwined since the earliest days of the US. Critical race theory can explore how white supremacy has operated through religious establishments.
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Even though The Chair confronts some of the tougher realities of higher education, the world it depicts is still rosier than the reality.
Inequality has cost women the benefits of thousands of “lost” medical inventions.
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Boosting the number of female inventors isn’t just a matter of fairness. Inventions by men are more likely to ignore women’s needs.
Many black South Africans live in appalling conditions with no running water or electricity 27 years into democracy.
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The new governing elite mistakenly believes that the goal of a democratic South Africa is simply to extend to everyone what whites enjoyed under apartheid.
Legislation pending in Congress would contribute to reforming how police conduct themselves – but there’s a limit to what federal legislation can do.
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While many in America are looking to Congress to pass police reform legislation, the federal government has almost no control over state and local police departments.
President Trump’s ban on immigration from several mostly Muslim countries was ultimately upheld by the Supreme Court. President Biden revoked it on his first day in office.
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A civil rights group is suing Facebook for its failure to stop the spread of anti-Muslim hate speech on the platform.
Video evidence at trial played a crucial part in the conviction of a police officer for the 2020 murder of George Floyd.
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Video evidence can be powerful at a trial – but it does not always lead to a fair rendering of justice.
A memorial to the Asian American women gunned down at Gold Spa, in Atlanta, Ga., on March 18, 2021.
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Bias-motivated attacks became a distinct crime in the 1980s. But police investigate only a fraction of the roughly 200,000 hate crimes reported each year – and even fewer ever make it to court.
Black-owned businesses have been shuttered at a higher rate during the pandemic.
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With fewer funds to fall back on, minority-owned enterprises have struggled in the recession. To make things worse, many are in sectors that have been badly hit by lockdowns.
Members of the Black Panther Party outside the High Point property raided by police.
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In the early hours of Feb. 10, 1971, heavily armed officers moved in on a house occupied by Black Panther activists – marking a policing trajectory toward a more militarized response to Black activism.
U.S. reliance on food assistance is rising during the coronavirus pandemic as more people grapple with economic hardship.
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A food policy researcher helps make sense of the lexicon of US food policy terms, and explains how they relate to racial justice.
People of color say they want office allies who offer honest feedback.
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Some people wonder what they can do to support Black colleagues and junior employees who face institutional discrimination at work and elsewhere.
Father Coughlin’s bully pulpit.
Broadcasters silenced Father Charles Coughlin in 1938, just as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook have shut down pro-Trump incitements to violence in 2021.
Four of the 10 federal prisoners executed this year: Wesley Purkey, killed July 16; Dustin Honken, killed July 17; Brandon Bernard, killed Dec. 10; and Alfred Bourgeois, killed Dec. 11. In some cases, survivors of their victims addressed the court.
Victim impact statements give survivors a voice in the criminal justice process. But research shows their wrenching personal testimonies may not bring closure and can add racial bias into sentencing.