Plastic floats on and near the surface of the ocean.
Cleaning up plastic pollution in the ocean is good – and long overdue. But where will the waste go? Recycling isn't always an option. Bacteria and enzymes could process it, raising new questions.
Dance is a unique way of passing on cultural stories to a younger generation.
Many Native languages are dying, and their loss has deep and profound implications for our world.
Una madre hondureña y su hijo con un agente de la Patrulla Fronteriza.
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Esta tradición es tan fuerte en EEUU que se alienta a todos los abogados a ofrecer al menos 50 horas de servicio voluntario pro bono al año.
People protest the shrinking of Bears Ears National Monument.
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Despite the American Indian Religious Freedom Act, passed by the US Congress 40 years ago, Native Americans still struggle to protect public lands where they practice their religions.
Honduran mother and child with a Border Patrol agent.
This tradition is so strong in the US that all lawyers are encouraged to volunteer at least 50 hours of pro bono service per year.
The First Salmon ceremony being performed.
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Indigenous people from around the world revere certain traditional foods as sacred. Activists, scholars and chefs are revitalizing these food systems.
Nancy Miriam Hawley, founder of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Inc., with different editions of ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’ at her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Like their predecessors, today's feminists can get mired in disagreements over strategies and goals. The celebrated feminist text suggests a more constructive approach.
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., during a 2012 campaign stop in Helena, Montana
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Democratic Senator Jon Tester of Montana has a moderate image in a state that doesn't often elect Democrats. But as he faces reelection, his move to torpedo Trump's VA nominee may threaten that image.
Humanity’s control over nature represents a shift in the relationship between humans and the surrounding world.
It's time to admit the age of pristine nature is over. In its place is humanity and planet-shaping technologies, from gene editing to climate engineering. Earth Day in a Synthetic Age.
The Second Amendment used to be absent from constitutional law classes. No more.
The Second Amendment was barely taught in constitutional law classes two decades ago. That changed after a 2008 Supreme Court ruling that ensured a federal right to keep and bear arms.
Culverts installed for roads have led to a decline in salmon, which Northwest Indian tribes were ensured access to by treaty.
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A Supreme Court case deals with the narrow issue of tribal salmon fishing rights in the Northwest, but raises fundamental questions about justice for American Indians.
President Donald Trump reviews border wall prototypes in San Diego.
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A legal scholar explains how even in the early days of the republic, Americans struggled to agree on who had the final say on immigration issues.
A computer-generated voice was essential to Hawking’s participation in the world around him.
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You can probably hear Hawking's famously computer-generated voice in your head. His example showed tech as a tool that enables people with disabilities to fully participate in and contribute to the world.
Victims of domestic violence may not get the services they need.
Years after their trials, he got in touch with the victims he thought he had helped. They described feeling ‘dumped’ by the system.
Tribally led wellness encampment in Wyoming.
Compared to the average US citizen, American Indians and Alaskan Natives live shorter lives and are at greater risk for a number of health problems.
Big data makes it a bit easier to guess your next move.
Predicting human behavior is big business. But science may never be able to do so with perfect certainty.
Detail of figures from the Dance Macabre, Meslay-le-Grenet, from late 15th-century France.
For medieval cultures, the dying process and death itself was a 'transition,' not a rupture.
Talking to your kids about sex is important, even if they don’t welcome the conversation.
Think you've had the sex talk so now you're done? Think again.
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On Indigenous Peoples' Day, a Native American scholar explains why water means more than just sustenance for life and how it's the place of the divine.
People walk out after the U.S. Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administration’s emergency request on the travel ban.
A professor of constitutional law gives a preview of what to expect when the travel ban cases reach the highest court this fall.