Today the shoreline of Lake Malawi is open, not forested the way it was before ancient humans started modifying the landscape.
Combining evidence from archaeology, geochronology and paleoenvironmental science, researchers identified how ancient humans by Lake Malawi were the first to substantially modify their environment.
Does being told that a veggie burger, like the one on the right, is better for the environment make you more likely to choose it over beef?
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New research shows that consumers are more likely to choose a plant-based meat option if they're informed of their social benefits – or the environmental costs of beef consumption.
Joe Biden has signed dozens of executive orders during his first 100 days in office, many of them reversing Trump-era policies.
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Since the Roosevelt administration, it's become standard to look for accomplishments in a presidency's early months.
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New research finds that tap water avoidance is on the rise in the US, especially among minorities. An expert on water and health calls for better public education about water quality and testing.
Two new papers shed light on a longstanding mystery in particle physics.
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For 15 years, there has been a mismatch in physics. A particle called the muon wasn't behaving the way theory predicted it should. A new theory and new experiment might solve this problem.
Police stand near the scene where multiple people were shot at the FedEx Ground facility on April 16, 2021, in Indianapolis.
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Gun violence as a whole is much more common, and much more deadly, than mass shootings are.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation reacted more quickly when the COVID-19 pandemic began than most other foundations.
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Two scholars of philanthropy and geography who reviewed the numbers see cause for concern about the agility and priorities of grantmakers during a crisis.
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.
Getting kids to put down their phones doesn’t have to be a battle.
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A psychologist explains why certain goals may be more effective than others in breaking screen habits.
Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, left, speaks with Michael Bloomberg, who has given the school more than $3.3 billion.
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In some cases, big donors are supporting higher education to support a philanthropic strategy that includes racial and economic justice.
A sign in County Kildare, Ireland. in March 2020. Epidemiologists around the world worked hard to try to stop big parties in the face of rising caseloads of what would come to be called COVID-19.
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The US was not ready for the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. What can public health leaders and policymakers do to make sure we don't face another winter of rampant disease?
Power to the people, but it will cost you.
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Some Texans are receiving eye-popping electric bills after power providers passed on volatile costs to some of their customers – legally.
An early 20th-century NAACP map showing lynchings between 1909 and 1918. The maps were sent to politicians and newspapers in an effort to spur legislation protecting Black Americans.
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Mapping is one way African Americans fight for equality and help each other navigate a racially hostile landscape.
Proprioception makes it possible to situate the body in space.
Proprioception is the sense that allows us to rapidly know without looking where each part of our body is.
The Port of Savannah used to export cotton picked by enslaved laborers and brought from Alabama to Georgia on slave-built railways. Cotton is still a top product processed through this port.
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Geographers are documenting slave-built infrastructure, from railroads to ports, in use today. Such work could influence the reparations debate by showing how slavery still props up the US economy.
Kenyan artist Allan Mwangi paints a mural of George Floyd in Kibera, Nairobi.
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Racism affects health and often leads to early death. We now know in greater and more alarming detail how this happens.
Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell in a scene from the film ‘Groundhog Day.’
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For many of us, the popular film, 'Groundhog Day' may bring up fond memories of a classic comedy. But a scholar argues there's more to the film – it's a lesson in mindfulness.
A news host reports on former President Donald Trump during a broadcast on RT, formerly known as Russia Today, a state-funded TV network.
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State-controlled Russian media have depicted the US Capitol insurrection as the collapse of the US political system and democracy itself.
Many of the people who broke into the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 carried cellphones, which can be tracked, and posted photos of their activities on social media.
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Facial recognition, social media and location tracking give law enforcement a leg up in a monumental investigation.
B117, the SARS CoV-2 variant that was first detected in the U.K., has been found to be 30%-80% more transmissible.
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A biologist who studies the evolution of diseases explains what's different about the two new virus strains that have been found recently, and what that means for vaccine effectiveness.