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Research suggests that about 20% of all prescriptions are administered “off-label.” Hafakot/iStock via Getty Images Plus

Off-label’ use is common in medicine – a bioethicist and legal philosopher explain why the COVID-19 vaccines are different

The CDC’s COVID-19 vaccine provider agreement prohibits health care professionals from administering the vaccines in people for whom they are not yet authorized or approved. But this departs from longstanding norms.
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of the national Feeding America anti-hunger network, meets with Jay Worrall, president of a Pennsylvania food bank. Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

What the 100 nonprofits that raised the most money in 2020 indicate about charity today

The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s latest ranking indicates that the coronavirus and heightened awareness about racism made a difference, but not necessarily a lasting one.
Global views on climate change are shifting, but there is still a strong progressive-conservative divide. Stephen Leonardi/Unsplash

Pew’s new global survey of climate change attitudes finds promising trends but deep divides

Pew asked people in 17 countries how they felt about climate change. The survey found some optimism but also deep ideological divides, particularly in the United States.
Une scientifique habillée d'une combinaison pressurisée au Laboratoire national de microbiologie de Winnipeg. (Agence de la santé publique du Canada)

La sécurité des laboratoires où sont étudiés les virus mortels est-elle suffisante ?

Une grande partie de la recherche scientifique sur les coronavirus est menée dans des pays qui ne contrôlent pas la recherche à double usage ou les expériences de gain de fonction.
A virologist stands between rows of cages for laboratory animals in the new high security laboratory (biosafety level 4) at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany. dpa picture alliance/Alamy Stock Photo

Fifty-nine labs around world handle the deadliest pathogens – only a quarter score high on safety

A large proportion of scientific research on coronaviruses is carried out in countries with no oversight of experiments designed to make pathogens more deadly.
Misinformation and lack of information during the pandemic have made it even harder for people to assess risk. Xesai/Getty Images

People have had a hard time weighing pandemic risks because they haven’t gotten information they needed when they needed it

People have a hard time assessing risk in the best of times. Adding a world-changing pandemic with evolving and sometimes conflicting information has made personal risk assessment much harder.
Pope Francis, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, waves to the crowd after addressing Congress on September 24, 2015. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

The underappreciated yet critical Catholic vote in the 2020 US presidential election

In the 2016 election, Donald Trump won 60% of the American Catholic vote. This year, it will be difficult for him to obtain a similar score, and that could have immense consequences.
Joe Biden, alors vice-président des États-Unis, en compagnie du pape François, à Washington le 24 septembre 2015. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Le vote catholique, aspect sous-estimé mais crucial de la présidentielle américaine

En 2016, Donald Trump avait remporté 60 % des suffrages des catholiques américains. Cette année, il lui sera difficile d’obtenir à nouveau un tel score, ce qui pourrait lui coûter très cher…
Sin importar los detailed de la trama, las teorías conspirativas siguen un patron común. Ranta Images/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Coronavirus: las 7 características del pensamiento conspirativo

El video ‘Plandemic’, que incluye falsedades y desinformaciones sobre el coronavirus, es un ejemplo de cómo funcionan las teorías conspirativas.
No matter the details of the plot, conspiracy theories follow common patterns of thought. Ranta Images/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Coronavirus, ‘Plandemic’ and the seven traits of conspiratorial thinking

Conspiracy theories about COVID-19, such as those advanced in the video ‘Plandemic,’ tend to pull from the same playbook. Recognizing that can help keep you from falling for this kind of thinking.
A Grade 6 student takes part in a virtual school session with her teacher and classmates via Zoom from her home in Vancouver, April 2, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Children’s privacy is at risk with rapid shifts to online schooling under coronavirus

Children in our schools are the latest at risk in a brave new age of surveillance and data control that is being catalyzed by hasty educational technology decisions under COVID-19.


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