US Supreme Court justices arrive at the US Capitol in February 2022
Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images
The Supreme Court held off at least another day before announcing a ruling on abortion rights. High profile cases take more time to finalize, but there are also political and public relations factors.
Octavia E. Butler poses in a Seattle bookstore in 2004. The celebrated science fiction author died in 2006.
AP Photo/Joshua Trujillo
In an interview, scholar Alyssa Collins explains how her time spent plumbing the sci fi writer’s papers left her stunned by the breadth of her interests and the depth of her scientific knowledge.
Wall Street is following Fed rate hike news with rapt attention.
AP Photo/Seth Wenig
The Fed raised interest rates the most in nearly three decades to fight stubborn inflation. A finance expert explains what’s happening, the risks and what it means for consumers.
Sampling wastewater can be time-intensive.
John Eisele/Colorado State University
Over 800 sites across the US report coronavirus data from sewage to the CDC. Here’s how this kind of surveillance system works and what it can and can’t tell you.
Avian flu spreads quickly through domestic poultry flocks.
Lance Cheung, USDA/Flickr
Bird flu is highly contagious in domestic flocks, and a major outbreak is underway in the US. A veterinary scientist explains what consumers need to know.
BA.2, one of three main omicron sublineages, is sweeping the world.
BlackJack3D/iStock via Getty Images Plus
The latest addition to the omicron lineage has been making waves in Europe. Whether it will do the same in the U.S. depends on rates of vaccination and prior infection.
All eyes are on Fed Chair Jerome Powell as the central bank prepares to raise rates for the first time in three years.
Brendan Smialowski/Pool via AP
The US central bank said surging inflation is guiding its decision about when to lift interest rates. Two experts on financial markets explain what might happen next.
Musculoskeletal injuries can cause severe pain and lead to greater problems.
PeopleImages/E+ via Getty Images
A biomedical engineer explains how human-made materials inserted in the body hold hope to repair painful injuries more efficiently than bone grafts.
The webinar speakers, Jules Gill-Peterson (left) and Kacie Kidd.
courtesy of the scholars
Two experts on transgender youth share how to talk about gender and support trans youth.
Marijuana use among college students during the pandemic reached record highs, data show.
wildpixel via Getty Images
In their quest to feel high and relax, college students who use marijuana may be setting themselves back, research consistently shows.
Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism are among the fastest-growing religions in Australia. But the media still struggle to include different faith leaders or the necessary nuance in religion reporting.
Chlorpyrifos is widely used on crops, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, corn and soybeans.
AP Photo/John Raoux
What kind of evidence does it require to get a widely used chemical banned? A professor of medicine and former state regulator explains how the case for chlorpyrifos as a threat to public health developed.
A drone flies above search and rescue personnel at the site of the Champlain Towers South Condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida.
AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
At building collapse sites, aerial drones and ground robots can extend the eyes and ears of search and rescue personnel to places people can’t go – above and inside the rubble pile.
President Biden said he wants to raise capital gains taxes to help pay for his ambitious proposals.
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
President Biden wants to raise the capital gains tax that wealthy people pay and use the extra revenue to fund new social spending on children and education.
Studies show that family acceptance or rejection has a big impact on a trans child’s mental health and happiness.
Scott Hoon / Barcroft Media via Getty Images
A psychologist and expert on gender diversity explains strategies for creating a healthy environment for trans or nonbinary kids.
Vials of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The use of this particular vaccine has been halted temporarily.
Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images
The one-dose vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson is temporarily halted because of potentially serious blood clots seen in six women. An immunologist explains what this means for you.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats meet with reporters before the House voted to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package on Feb. 26, 2021.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
In 1974, Congress invented the reconciliation process to reduce deficits. More recently, reconciliation has been used in ways that increase the deficit. A public policy scholar explains the process.
Joe Biden: inching closer to the White House.
Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA
The US election has come down to the wire in key battleground states. The tightness of the race could have long-term consequences for both parties.
The US is one of a few countries that still uses private prisons.
AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki
Private prisons have long been a topic of controversy in the U.S. A professor of sociology explains what they are and why they matter.
Determined to stop a no deal Brexit.
Jacob King/PA Wire
MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit have won a small victory in parliament – but what does it mean?