The enslaved people who produced sugar before the Civil War did dangerous and grueling work.
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Before the Civil War, US activists sought to combat slavery through sugar boycotts. Instead, consumption grew.
A new study identifies significant language barriers between doctors and their patients.
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Communication breakdowns between doctors and their patients have real-life consequences and can result in poorer health outcomes and sicker patients.
Did justices give oral arguments an icy reception?
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The court appears split over the future of vaccination mandates, with conservative justices skeptical of the Biden administration’s authority to enforce requirements.
Vladimir Putin at a concert in March 2021 marking the seventh anniversary of its annexation of Crimea.
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As Ukraine wrestles with the latest threat from its larger neighbor, two scholars explain how the independent country is often viewed as part of a greater Russia – and why that inflames tensions.
A table set for the celebration of the Persian festival of Yalda.
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People stay up all night, telling stories and eating dried fruits, in addition to watermelon and pomegranate, to celebrate the sunrise soon after the longest night of the year.
Working from home comes with many distractions.
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Many scientists stuck at home during university closures dealt with increased domestic responsibilities. But some groups had it worse than others.
Dancing with danger.
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Gangs have changed in the decades since ‘West Side Story’ first came out – they are deadlier, and their demographics are different – as are the means law enforcement use to control them.
The International Space Station is a great example of how space has, for the most part, been a peaceful and collaborative international arena.
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Activities in space today are far more numerous and complicated compared to 1967, before humans had landed on the moon or Elon Musk had been born. Two experts explain the need for better laws to keep space peaceful.
Communication is key, experts say.
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Parents who spy on their children’s online activity run the risk of doing more harm than good, an expert says.
Efforts to reduce tensions between the Koreas, like the 2018 inter-Korean summit, are frequently the target of disinformation campaigns in South Korea.
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Disinformation is being privatized around the world. This new industry is built on a dangerous combination of cheap labor, high-tech algorithms and emotional national narratives.
African countries have faced dangerous droughts, storms and heat waves while contributing little to climate change.
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Climate justice is about both where emissions come from and who suffers the consequences.
An organic food market in Berlin.
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An expert on organic agriculture argues that the US is missing an economic and environmental opportunity by not working to scale up organic production.
Three professors from the University of Florida have been barred from participating as expert witnesses in a voting rights case.
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The University of Florida is barring three scholars from testifying as expert witnesses in a highly political lawsuit. A veteran college administrator looks at what’s at stake.
The mass-marketing of the Day of the Dead is evident in the costumes that people buy for the day.
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A Mexican-American scholar writes that in the 1700s, Day of the Dead generated the largest annual market in Mexico City.
Perfumes, potions and witches have been entwined for centuries.
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Scent and magic have been entwined in our imaginations for centuries – right up to today’s witch-inspired perfumes.
It’s estimated that up to 400,000 Americans die every year from medical mistakes.
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Mistakes at the hands of health care providers are a major cause of death in the US. And many of the blunders are a byproduct of the system.
Some institutions publish information about their mishaps, while others do not.
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A centralized reporting system for laboratory incidents involving dangerous pathogens in biological research does not exist in the US or internationally.
The twin buttes that give Bears Ears National Monument in Utah its name are sacred places to many Indigenous Tribes and Pueblos.
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The Biden administration is restoring full protection to three national monuments that President Trump sought to cut down drastically.
Frances Arnold received the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
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Science fields are improving at being more inclusive. But explicit and implicit barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of STEM academia.
A man takes a picture of a statue representing the 5,300-year-old mummy named Ötzi, discovered in the Italian Alps 30 years ago.
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When the 5,300-year-old mummy of Ötzi the Iceman was found 30 years ago, researchers found 61 tattoos on it. A scholar explains how tattoos have been a sacred part of many cultures across the world.