In February 2021, a World Health Organization team investigating the origins of COVID-19 visited the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China.
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The research community is taking a closer look at the lab-leak hypothesis for the origin of COVID-19, prompting discussion about the risks and benefits of engineering viruses.
Diné College, founded as Navajo Community College in 1968, was the first tribal college in the U.S.
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President Biden wants more funding for Tribal Colleges and Universities. An Indigenous scholar and professor of education explains why that's critical for these schools to survive and thrive.
Drought’s effects on the population slowed the Ottoman Empire’s expansion in the 16th century.
Drought has been a threat multiplier for centuries, fueling conflict and migration from the time of the Ottoman Empire to Syria today.
Above the Tennessee State Capitol, only skies. In it, any atheists?
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Anti-atheism is ingrained in American politics. A refusal to remove outdated language from state Constitutions perpetuates this prejudice.
Traffic at the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park on Aug. 20, 2015.
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It's hard to preserve national parks "unimpaired," as US law directs, when they're overrun with tourists who stray off paths, strew trash and harass wildlife. A parks scholar calls for crowd control.
Opinion journalism can rile people up – or it can bring them together.
The best op-ed pages operate like a town square, allowing readers to discuss and debate issues important to their communities and beyond. But many now focus on divisive national political issues.
There are hundreds of varying shapes of pasta.
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Cascatelli, the world's newest pasta shape, is shaped like a waterfall and designed to hold a generous quantity of sauce.
Sunrise in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.
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The US is shifting to a new set of climate 'normals' – data sets averaged over the past 30 years. But normal is a relative concept in a time of climate change.
HFCs keep refrigerators cool, but their leaks are warming the planet.
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HFCs keep refrigerators cool, but when these short-lived climate pollutants leak, they warm the planet. The US EPA has a plan to phase them out, but what will replace them?
Confederate currency had images of enslaved people, historical figures and mythical deities.
Confederate paper money was a promise to exchange the bill for gold or silver, but only after the Confederacy won the war.
Biden laid out an ambitious agenda to Congress with a historic backdrop.
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Three scholars examine President Biden's rhetoric, the symbolism and the several ambitious plans he proposed in his first address to Congress.
A tomato vendor attends to buyer at a makeshift food market established to cushion the effect of COVID lockdown in Lagos.
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To overcome food insecurity, especially in a pandemic, Nigeria's emergency preparedness requires a total overhaul of it's agri-food supply chain.
Sous leurs dehors appétissants, les oeufs et les lapins en chocolat sont en fait des aliments fermentés.
Après plusieurs tests, les chercheurs ont résolu de nombreux mystères concernant la fermentation du cacao et les micro-organismes qui donnent si bon goût au chocolat.
Underneath the shiny wrapper, a chocolate bunny is a fermented food.
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Sauerkraut, sourdough, beer...and chocolate? They're all fermented foods that rely on microbes of various types to transform the flavor of their raw ingredients into something totally different.
Solar geoengineering could mean taking steps to alter the formation of clouds.
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Is it time to take drastic steps to modify Earth's climate to avoid catastrophic warming? A panel of experts says the idea deserves study.
Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are hoping to become the retailer’s first unionized employees in the U.S.
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Although it covers only about 6,000 workers, the election could result in the first unionized Amazon facility in the US and have broader ramifications for the labor movement.
An African forest elephant (
Loxodonta cyclotis) in Odzala-Kokoua National Park, Republic of the Congo.
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A new review of the status of African elephants finds scientific grounds for dividing them into two species, and reports that both have suffered drastic population declines since 1990.
Casinos can make gambling away next month’s rent feel like playing a game.
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Robinhood's trading app uses features commonly found in video games and casinos to make investing more fun, which also obscures the real risks involved.
Debris near Lebanon, Tennessee, after tornadoes struck on the night of March 3, 2020, killing more than 20 people across the state.
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With the onset of spring come thunderstorms, and sometimes tornadoes. Learn how these systems form and why night tornadoes are especially deadly.
Growing cannabis indoors is an energy-intensive process.
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Growing weed indoors is not an environmentally friendly process. Climate controls create a lot of greenhouse gas emissions, and where the pot is produced has a huge influence on emission levels.