Greek hero Odysseus reunites with his wife, Penelope, upon his return to Ithaca, in an illustration from Homer’s epic.
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A scholar of Greek literature writes why we need to turn to the past to understand the present – and the lessons that Homer's hero, Odysseus, holds for us.
Many oil companies are still planning for fossil fuel use to continue well into the future.
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The genius of the Paris climate agreement was getting major oil producing countries to agree to a target, but they still have widely different views of energy's future.
Texas recently eased all coronavirus restrictions, including mask-wearing.
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Texas and many other states have eased all or most coronavirus restrictions such as mask-wearing. A cost-benefit analysis suggests reversing those moves for just a short period could make a big difference.
Vice President Kamala Harris swears in Sen. Raphael Warnock and Sen. Jon Ossoff on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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In choosing a Hebrew Bible belonging to a civil rights leader, Rabbi Jacob Rothschild, Sen. Jon Ossoff appeared to be sending out a message on the strong historic ties between Black people and Jews.
Rioters mass on the U.S. Capitol steps on Jan. 6.
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Ostensibly protesting an election they may have thought was stolen, their actions fed a larger set of goals that American militants are seizing upon to take more extreme action.
Rioters carrying white supremacist symbols were inside the Capitol on Jan. 6.
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Different groups carried their own symbols at the riot, but they all share a common idea.
Crowds carrying hate symbols as they stormed the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6 in Washington, D.C.
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The crowds that stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6 were not just engaged in an effort to support Trump. The symbols they carried were of an extreme form of anti-Semitism.
Increasingly, Americans seem to have irreconcilable differences over the pandemic, the economy – even the result of the 2020 election.
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Homer and Aeschylus turned to the divine to write their happy endings. But no gods are conspiring above the US, ready to swoop down and save humankind from itself.
Un porcentaje importante de personas puede rechazar o retrasar la aplicación de la vacuna COVID-19.
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Hemos estudiado cómo la información que circula por internet puede afectar a la percepción y aceptación de las vacunas.
President Donald Trump speaks during a Hanukkah reception at the White House in 2019.
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For much of American history, the only December holiday to be recognized in the White House was Christmas, but menorah lightings are now an annual tradition.
Some places, like Nazaré Canyon in Portugal, produce freakishly huge waves.
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Some beaches in the world tend to consistently produce huge waves. Places like Nazaré Canyon in Portugal and Mavericks in California are famous for their waves because of the shape of the seafloor.
A substantial proportion of people may refuse or delay taking a COVID-19 vaccine.
Combating social media disinformation regarding vaccines is critical to reversing the growth in vaccine hesitancy around the world.
Hilye, or calligraphic panel containing a physical description of the Prophet Muhammad made in 1718 in the Galata Palace, Istanbul.
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Visual depiction of Prophet Muhammad is a sensitive issue for many Muslims. Islamic literature shows how Muslims used textual imagery to give a vivid picture of the prophet.
One of the Wuhan train stations in fall 2020. The city reopened in April 2020 after a total shutdown.
As Thanksgiving nears and fear grows in the US, people in China are traveling and enjoying time with family. While some in the US credit China's authoritarian regime, there's more to the story.
A home in New York decorated for 2020 Halloween.
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For members of the minority religion of Wicca and witchcraft – part of contemporary paganism – Halloween is not just a children's holiday: It is both a celebration and acceptance of death.
No lengthy viewing of the body, but no quick burial either.
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The former justice received a Jewish funeral at the Supreme Court. But in other ways, Ginsburg's burial is breaking with traditional Jewish death rituals.
Greek hero Achilles with the body of Hector, his main opponent in the Trojan War.
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Families who lost their loved ones during the pandemic could not even properly grieve. Greek epics show why lamentation and memorial are so important and what we can learn in these times.
Mary Ann Mendoza was pulled as a speaker at the RNC after tweeting a link to an anti-Semitic thread.
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A would-be speaker at the Republican National Convention was yanked for encouraging people to read up on a hoax that has long been discredited but refuses to die.
Venezuela Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, center, greets the arrival of medical specialists and supplies from China in March.
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The US may want to rethink its anti-China policy as Beijing's focus on providing international coronavirus aid and digital and health care investments seems to be working.
The late Youssef Cohen moved from New York to Oregon in 2016 because of its aid-in-dying law. During the pandemic, assisted dying for terminal patients has gone online.
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Terminally ill patients in nine states and Washington, DC can use telemedicine to get a doctor's approval to hasten their end of life. But family members must mix the lethal drug cocktail themselves.