Superstition or wishful thinking could trick you into thinking you saw one of these mythical creatures.
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Mermaids are not real, but are meaningful to people around the world.
An annual tradition or a national embarrassment.
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The annual Dec. 5 tradition sees performers don blackface and afro wigs. But a growing number of Dutch citizens believe it's time to wave goodbye to Black Pete.
Cellular networks have improved rapidly over the last few decades.
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A professor of wireless communications explains the origins of cellular networks and how they evolved into today's 5G networks.
These beautiful curves hold the key to a simple way to vary the stiffness of robotic grippers.
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Curved origami isn't just elegant art. It's also a versatile way to vary the amount of force applied by robots and other machines.
The convenience of distance learning at for-profit colleges has contributed to their rising enrollment.
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For-profit colleges' heavy investment in distance learning has led to a 3% increase in enrollment during the pandemic.
Democrats needed to net three seats to win control of the Senate.
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Were GOP incumbents able to rely on their rural supporters to fend off Democrats' growing strength in the suburbs?
The Supreme Court will soon add another originalist to its ranks if Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed.
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The judicial theory has been a major talking point during the past three Supreme Court nominations. But what does it actually mean?
A computer illustration of a cross-section of a mitochondrion and its internal structure with DNA (gray), ribosomes (light green), granules (yellow) and ATP synthase particles (light blue).
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The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett has implications for how assisted reproductive technologies, which can prevent the transmission of disease from parents to child, are regulated.
Police officers push back demonstrators next to St. John’s Episcopal Church outside of the White House, June 1, 2020 in Washington D.C.
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Demonstrations by Macedonian villagers in the 1980s, which helped spark the end of Communist rule in the former Yugoslavia, hold vital lessons for Americans peacefully protesting for police reform.
The 9-member Chase Court in 1867, dominated by Northern Republicans.
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In the 1860's, the Supreme Court was a 'partisan creature' and President Lincoln and the Republican Party remade it so that it reflected the party's priorities.
‘Euphoria’ is one of many premium cable TV shows to feature an abundance of prosthetic penises.
Directors and audiences are becoming more comfortable with male frontal nudity. But what message does it send when almost all of the penises shown aren't real?
Taking a peek, but probably not seeing a future career.
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At age 7, Black, white and Hispanic children have a similar opinion of the police. But this increasingly turns negative by the time they are teenagers, especially for nonwhite teens.
Traditional dancers celebrate Hari Raya, the end of Ramadan.
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Hope – tied to action – can be a powerful catalyst for success.
Efforts to build wealth for Black Americans could focus on property ownership.
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Some calls to resolve racial inequities in the US have raised an idea with roots more than a century old: community land trusts to assemble property for the benefit of Black Americans.
Rapid loss of species like these Spix’s macaws, considered extinct in the wild, may represent the sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history.
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A new plan targets areas around the world that can store carbon and protect large numbers of species. It calls for preserving these lands, working with Indigenous peoples and connecting wild areas.
Community groups, like this one in Phoenix, have been working to get people of color to contribute their information to the census.
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The census will likely count fewer Black Americans, Indigenous peoples, Asian Americans and Americans of Hispanic or Latino origin than there actually are.
A father adjusts his daughter’s face mask outside the White House.
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A professor reflects on his four decades of working with families dealing with grief and how the program he helped set up could be applied today.
Children evacuated from U.K. cities in WWII were taught in churches.
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The history of education in the West is closely associated with Christian religious spaces – from the first cathedral schools to the use of churches to teach children in WWII.
Climate-driven ocean warming threatens healthy coral reefs, like this one in Hawaii.
Hundreds of organizations are working around the world to restore damaged coral reefs. New research shows that rapid ocean warming threatens these efforts.
Soldiers and African American workers standing near caskets and dead bodies covered with cloths during Grant’s Overland Campaign.
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Lincoln's chances of reelection in 1864 were dim. He was presiding over a bloody civil war, and the public was losing confidence in him. But he steadfastly rejected pleas to postpone the election.