Firefighting foam left after a fire in Pennsylvania. These foams often contain PFAS chemicals that can contaminate water supplies.
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PFAS chemicals are toxic, widespread and persistent in the environment, and the federal government has been slow to regulate them. A scientist explains why evaluating them one by one isn't working.
Encouraging students at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to vote in the midterm elections, Nov. 6, 2018.
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Researchers examined the voting behavior of 5,762 students at 120 colleges and universities. Two groups stood out as an untapped electoral resource – if the candidates can turn out Gen Z.
A radar mosaic image of Venus.
News that Venus may harbor life has swept the globe. So how do we find out for sure? A planetary scientist explains what's next.
Prices tend to go up over time.
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Inflation has been low, but if the Fed isn't careful, keeping rates too low, too long could lead to runaway inflation.
New research aims to give phone companies tools to help curb robocalls.
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The plague of unsolicited automated phone calls isn't abating. By studying robocalls, scholars at the Robocall Observatory are developing ways to help shut them down.
Students’ positive attitudes toward conservative ideas are the same before and after four years of college.
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A survey examines how the college experience changes – or doesn't change – students' political views.
Cylinder seal (left) and modern impression (right) showing two people drinking beer through long straws. Khafajeh, Iraq (Early Dynastic period, c. 2600–2350 B.C.).
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Beer was extremely popular in ancient Mesopotamia. Sipped through straws, it differed from today’s beer and was enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
The Mississippi state flag, with a representation of the Confederate battle flag, is raised one last time over the state Capitol building on July 1, 2020.
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Public officials and individual citizens alike are more likely to oppose the presence of Confederate symbols when informed it may be bad for local business.
A self-portrait of the author, who has found solace in her garden.
People with eating disorders often struggle with staying in control. For many, the pandemic took away control. A health scholar shares her story of how that loss of control affected her bulimia.
Latinx students majoring in business are underrepresented in higher education.
Not many Latino students major in business. A researcher explores the reasons why.
African American students are disproportionately punished, starting in preschool.
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These new findings could help explain why Black students are more likely to be suspended, expelled or otherwise disciplined than other children.
Protestors voice their displeasure during a New York City Council hearing on Amazon’s plan to locate a headquarters in the city.
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As state and local governments lure businesses to their shores with financial incentives, a recent study finds that two forms of stimulus spur growth more than others.
Former slaves harvesting for their own profit.
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Black farmers own far less land than they did in 1910 and the racial gap in homeownership is at the highest level for 50 years.
Burning confiscated elephant ivory and animal horns in Myanmar’s first public display of action against the illegal wildlife trade, Oct. 4, 2018.
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In the 1800s, Americans hunted many wild species near or into extinction. Then in the early 1900s, the US shifted from uncontrolled consumption of wildlife to conservation. Could Asia follow suit?
In 2018 scientists of the Miami-Dade County Mosquito Control tested a new way to suppress mosquito populations carrying the Zika virus.
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Release of GM mosquitoes in Florida is imminent. But a multidisciplinary team of scientists believe that more studies are needed first. They encourage a publicly accessible registry for GM organisms.
Asteroid Ryugu photographed from a distance of about 12 miles (20 kilometers) looks just gray and bland, but a close-up provides more color.
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It is a pretty spectacular achievement to not only rendezvous with an asteroid as it is whizzing around the Sun but also collect a sample. Here's what the researchers learned.
Diesel emissions are a major source of fine particle pollution.
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After a 5-year review, the EPA is leaving US standards for fine particle air pollution unchanged, even though recent studies suggest that tightening them could save thousands of lives yearly.
Throughout his career, Hughes was eager to mentor and promote the work of writers abroad.
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To foreigners, he was a fellow traveler who recognized the plight of the oppressed.
Coronavirus seems to be on a collision course with the US economy and its 12-year bull market.
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An economist explains how a virus like COVID-19 could disrupt the US economy – and why it's too soon to freak out just yet.
Le 15 janvier 2020, dans les environs de Budgong, en Nouvelle-Galles du Sud (Australie).
Avec les feux de forêt, la présence massive de cendres et de sédiments dans les cours d’eau constitue une menace pour l’approvisionnement hydrique des populations.