The U.S. economy bounced back in record time.
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An economist explains what a recession is, who decides and why it took so long to learn that the COVID-19 downturn was officially over.
Security precautions, thoughtful facilities design, careful training and safe lab practices help keep pathogens isolated.
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The microbiologist who directs the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories at Boston University explains all the biosafety precautions in place that help him feel safer in the lab than out.
Research suggests Black women may want to be cautious about heavy use of lye-based chemical hair relaxers.
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Researchers had suspected that chemical hair relaxers might be behind racial disparities in breast cancer diagnoses. A new study narrows in on lye as a possible cause for that link.
The research was conducted at the Zambia University Teaching Hospital morgue.
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To solve a problem like COVID-19, it is obviously essential to have accurate information about the true status of the situation.
Pondering the ethical considerations?
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Should people be compelled to take the vaccine? Should you feel guilty for skipping the line? And what about parts of the world where vaccines aren’t readably available? Ethicists have it covered.
Access to transgender medical care has been under attack in many places in the U.S., and protesters, like those seen here in Texas, are pushing back.
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Across the US, politicians, activists and transgender people are fighting over the right to access transgender medical care. Rarely is the care itself actually discussed. This is that discussion.
New research estimates that underage drinkers consume $2.2 billion of Anheuser-Busch InBev drinks – like Budweiser – per year.
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In the US, underage drinking accounts for a whopping US$17.5 billion worth of alcohol yearly. New research shows which companies take in most of this money and how little is spent on prevention.
A shot and a small fortune could entice some to get vaccinated.
Offering incentives to encourage good health behavior isn’t new, but it does raise concerns. A behavioral scientist explains how rewarding those taking a shot need not keep ethicists up at night.
Transgender medicine uses a multidisciplinary approach to help trans youth live happier lives.
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Transgender youth have a number of research-backed medical options available to them. The multidisciplinary approach ranges from promoting family support to hormone treatments to surgery.
Rhyming means something different in ASL than it does in spoken language.
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In American Sign Language, some words rhyme, some look like what they mean and some are used more often than others. A new database of these features paves a pathway for ASL research.
Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C.
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COVID-19 has underscored the value of parks and public spaces. A new survey shows that US mayors have gotten the message, but post-pandemic plans for public spaces remain largely undefined.
Residents of the Jacob Riis Settlement in New York City hold photographs of leaks, mold, peeling paint and other issues during a community town hall meeting on March 7, 2019.
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Building retrofits are no joke: They make dwellings healthier and more energy-efficient. And when they’re done in low-income housing, they also reduce inequality.
Attorneys for Apple heading to court during the so-called smartphone patent wars.
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Too many patents and too little information about them makes it hard for the system to weed out patents that unfairly block inventors.
A late snowfall could set back the growth of this budding lilac.
Trees and shrubs in cold-weather climates rely on certain signals, such as temperature and light, to know when to leaf out and bloom. Climate change is scrambling those signals.
Exposure notification systems alert people when they’ve been exposed to the coronavirus but don’t record the information.
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Bluetooth wireless communication makes it possible to track when people have been exposed to people infected with the coronavirus. The right cryptography scheme keeps alerts about exposures private.
Adil Najam, professeur de relations internationales à l'Université de Boston, a interviewé 99 experts sur ce que nous réserve l'avenir post-pandémie.
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Il n’y aura pas de retour à la normale après la pandémie de Covid-19, en partie parce que le monde d’avant était tout sauf normal !
Les centres de données comme celui de Google dans l’Iowa consomment de grandes quantités d’électricité.
Il y a une montée en flèche des coûts énergétiques et financiers de la recherche en IA. Elle nécessite énormément de calculs pour apprendre à comprendre les données, autrement dit, pour s’entraîner.
Adil Najam, international relations professor at Boston University, interviewed 99 experts about what the post-pandemic future will bring.
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There’s no going back to normal after COVID-19, partly because our pre-pandemic world was anything but normal.
Data centers like this Google facility in Iowa use copious amounts of electricity.
Training neural networks burns through a lot of energy. As the AI field grows, it’s working to keep its carbon foot print from growing with it.
Biden’s is entrusting Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken to set U.S. foreign policy on a different course.
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Four years of ‘America First’ has seen the US retreat from the world. But as a scholar of international relations explains, Biden could return Washington to the role of a more moral global leader.