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The pandemic has stretched out the amount of time the census is being conducted, contributing to worries over accuracy. Kena Benakur/AFP via Getty Images

Pandemic, privacy rules add to worries over 2020 census accuracy

An accurate census requires good data in and good data out. With the 2020 census, the US has unprecedented challenges with both.
Waitress Casey Stewart works at two restaurants, at least one which may have to close for at least a week or more. AP Photo/Kathy Willens

How the coronavirus recession puts service workers at risk

Service workers are some of the most at risk of both the coronavirus and financial woes.
The State of Texas is in a legal battle to seize power from the Houston public school board. Eakrin Rasadonyindee/Shutterstock.com

The made-up crisis behind the state takeover of Houston’s public schools

While the state of Texas says it is taking over the Houston school system in the name of school improvement, an expert argues the move is motivated by racism and political power struggles.
Typhoon Faxai left many people without power and other services for several days when it hit the greater Tokyo region in September. NASA/Worldview

Typhoons and other disasters force Japan to rethink its city vs rural living plans for the future

Talk of moving people out of Japan's cities into rural areas is changing after the recent cyclone hit near Tokyo. Smarter, more connected cities may be a safer way to go.
According to the United Nations, the world’s population could reach 10 billion by 2050. Shutterstock

How many humans tomorrow? The United Nations revises its projections

The UN's new global population projections include some surprises – in particular, that the global population in 2100 will be 3% less than they projected in 2017.
A marcher waves a flag during the Capital Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. on June 8, 2019. Nicole S. Glass/Shutterstock.com

23% of young black women now identify as bisexual

According to the General Social Survey, the percentage of men and women who identify as gay or lesbian has held firm. But the share of women who say they're bisexual has skyrocketed.

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