New technologies that can clean salty or polluted water could help meet growing water needs.
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Desalination can help meet growing water needs globally. But toxic wastewater and inefficiency hamper current techniques. A new approach uses custom membranes to clean water more easily.
Each headstone in Minneapollis’ ‘Say Their Names’ cemetery represents a Black American killed by police – deaths that create a ripple effect of pain felt in Black communities nationwide.
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Evidence shows that many Black Americans experience police killings of unarmed Black people – even those they do not know – as traumatic events, causing acute physical and emotional distress.
Violent protests in Dakar, Senegal, after opposition leader Ousmane Sonko is arrested on a rape charge.
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The Senegalese culture of discretion, called "sutura", inhibits survivors of sexual violence from publicly denouncing perpetrators.
The way foreign aid is disbursed needs to be revisited to avoid the traps it's fallen into in the past.
Keeping kids above the poverty line contributes to their stability in adulthood.
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Many studies conducted in recent years tie lower poverty rates for children to better health and higher pay when they grow up.
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Some flood dangers can be hard to spot initially – to planners, developers and home-buyers. Sometimes, the danger comes from underground.
Tyrannosaurus rex spanned all of ancient North America, and about 20,000 lived at once.
Using the incredible wealth of fossil data and a modern ecological theory, researchers estimated population density for the extinct apex predator.
Futures won’t affect whether there’s water in the hose.
The world's first futures market for water launched in California in December. Two commodities experts explain how it works, what the potential problems are and why there's no reason to freak out.
Some companies’ net-zero plans include continuing to emit climate-warming greenhouse gases for decades.
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CEOs, including at oil companies and airlines, are relying on trees and oceans to capture and store carbon for them, but the numbers don't add up.
Simeon Nyachae (right) welcomes President Uhuru Kenyatta to his alma mater, Kisii School in western Kenya, during the institution’s 80th anniversary in 2014.
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Nyachae always served at the intersection of politics and administration. Nevertheless, he was more of a firm manager than a politician.
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.
Women who work outside the home in Papua New Guinea often continue shouldering the same domestic and child care responsibilities as before.
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A new study explores how feelings of relative poverty can negatively affect gender dynamics among households.
Fossil fuel power plants contribute to climate change by releasing greenhouse gases that trap heat near Earth’s surface.
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An appeals court described the EPA's effort as 'a series of tortured misreadings' of US law.
Many of the resolutions and executive orders Trump signed early in his administration reversed Obama-era decisions involving the fossil fuels industry.
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The Trump administration used this shortcut liberally in 2017, but its potential pitfalls and impact raise a question: Should Congress repeal it?
When minority groups are exposed to stereotypes that deem them inferior, they often underachieve academically, research shows.
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Pointing out the benefits of white privilege has become a racial justice rallying cry, but associating 'white' with 'privilege' in the classroom can harm academic performance among students of color.
A wall relief from the British Museum shows three scribes amid a military campaign of the Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser III, in Babylonia (Iraq).
All cultures have communicated their knowledge in diverse and marvellous ways throughout time. Failing to see the significance of this is racist and lazy.
Stratford Hall in Westmoreland, Virginia, where enslaved cook and chocolatier Caesar lived and worked in the kitchen.
There's a bittersweet history to chocolate in America. At one plantation museum in Virginia, the story of enslaved chocolatier Caesar shows the oppression that lay behind the elite's culinary treat.
The Marshall Islands and other small island nations are urgently threatened by rising seas.
Climate change is a true existential threat for small island nations, but the US has done little to help the Marshall Islands, which it administered for decades.
Ten years ago, we feared Tasmanian devils would be wiped out by a bizarre infectious facial cancer transmitted by biting. But new genetic analysis shows they are evolving to live with the disease.
Australia’s dingo fences, built to protect livestock from wild dogs, stretch for thousands of kilometers.
Millions of miles of fences crisscross the Earth's surface. They divide ecosystems and affect wild species in ways that often are harmful, but are virtually unstudied.