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American Muslims are two times as likely to attempt suicide compared to other major faith groups. MmeEmil/E+ via Getty Images

American Muslims are at high risk of suicide – 20 years post-9/11, the links between Islamophobia and suicide remain unexplored

Islamophobia increased post-9/11. Twenty years later, American Muslims are still dealing with the mental health effects – and research barriers limit what is known about what puts them at risk.
Afghan security forces stand guard on a roadside in Herat on Aug. 12, 2021, as the Taliban seized the city. AFP via Getty Images

Taliban seize Herat and assault nearby dam that provides water and power to hundreds of thousands of Afghans

Herat is home to an India-built dam that provides water for drinking, irrigation and bathing for much of western Afghanistan. If the Taliban control that water, they control the population.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has reshuffled his cabinet amid growing accusations of of graft, and an outbreak of violence unprecedented in 25 years. Photo by Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images

Beyond the cabinet reshuffle – what will it take to renew South Africa’s public sector?

South Africa’s public sector works somewhat better than those of most other middle-income countries. Yet, unlike them, it has not managed to achieve gains in the midst of messiness.
A protest organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions in South Africa. The question is: on whose behalf does the union movement advocate? Phillip Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa’s way forward: abandon old ideas, embrace bold experimentation

In this moment of crisis, South Africa urgently needs decisive action. But all too often South Africans of all political stripes seem trapped in stale discourses.
Women’s need for contraception and contraceptive use must be an ongoing priority. Jonathan Torgovnik for The Hewlett Foundation/Reportage by Getty Images

COVID-19 lockdowns and contraception: unexpected findings in four African countries

Contrary to expectations, researchers found that overall contraceptive use increased in most settings.
Despite claims to the contrary, the real thing cannot be replicated. Jose Luis Pelaez Inc/DigitalVision via Getty Images

New technologies claiming to copy human milk reuse old marketing tactics to sell baby formula and undermine breastfeeding

Around the globe, 823,000 child deaths could be prevented annually with appropriate breastfeeding. Formula makers continue to defy a 40-year-old international code on marketing their product.
Military units like the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade shown here are just one component of U.S. national cyber defense. Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office/Flickr

The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and the SolarWinds hack were all but inevitable – why national cyber defense is a ‘wicked’ problem

Fragmented authority for national cyber defense and the vulnerabilities of private companies that control software and infrastructure stack the deck against US cybersecurity.
Long time there: U.S. troops maneuver around the central part of the Baghran river valley as they search for remnants of Taliban and al-Qaida forces on Feb. 24, 2003. Aaron Favila/Pool/AP Photo

US postpones Afghanistan troop withdrawal in hopes of sustaining peace process: 5 essential reads

The Afghanistan War now has an end date: 9/11/21. Experts explain the history of US involvement in Afghanistan, the peace process to end that conflict and how the country’s women are uniquely at risk.
The concern is about more than one shot vs. two. Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Backlash against Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine is real and risky – here’s how to make its rollout a success

Religious opposition over a link to abortions performed decades ago and misunderstandings about effectiveness could lead to a nightmare of angry patients and wasted vaccine.
In some states, getting a COIVD-19 vaccination appointment has felt like winning the lottery. Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

How to really fix COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling

Websites that crash. Appointments that fill up within seconds. Scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine shouldn’t be this hard. A few states have found a better way.
Military units like the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade shown here are just one component of U.S. national cyber defense. Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office/Flickr

The SolarWinds hack was all but inevitable – why national cyber defense is a ‘wicked’ problem and what can be done about it

Fragmented authority for national cyber defense and global supply chains for building software stack the deck against US cybersecurity.
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Rayos X e inteligencia artificial para evitar falsos negativos en el diagnóstico de la covid-19

La PCR tiene un importante talón de Aquiles: los falsos negativos. Esto se minimiza incorporando al diagnóstico de COVID-19 una radiografía de tórax. Para que eso no implique el colapso del sistema de salud, ingenieros han recurrido a la inteligencia artificial.
A health system in Virginia stopped using the federal website after only a few days, complaining that it was slow and crashed. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The US government’s $44 million vaccine rollout website was a predictable mess – here’s how to fix the broken process behind it

The website has triggered random appointment cancellations and unreliable sign-ups. Only one contractor was deemed qualified to build it – and it wasn’t a major tech company. We’ve seen this before.
Women who work outside the home in Papua New Guinea often continue shouldering the same domestic and child care responsibilities as before. Rachel Gilbert and Gracie Rosenbach, IFPRI

Feeling relatively poor increases support for women in the workplace – but men still don’t want them making household decisions

A new study explores how feelings of relative poverty can negatively affect gender dynamics among households.
By mid-January, only about a quarter of the COVID-19 vaccines distributed for U.S. nursing homes through the federal program had reached people’s arms. Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

The simple reason West Virginia leads the nation in vaccinating nursing home residents

West Virginia’s success holds some important lessons for other states and the rest of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

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