A Shinto priest performs a ritual at an altar.
An anthropologist of Japanese religion met followers of Shinto religion online and found how they were building a community and sharing instructions on practice.
Nicaragua’s power couple, Vice President Rosario Murillo and husband President Daniel Ortega.
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The rule of Daniel Ortega has become increasingly authoritarian. Sanctions and repression could destabilize the region and result in increased numbers of refugees.
Oiled sand in Huntington Beach, Calif., after a 126,000-gallon spill from an offshore oil pipeline.
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Offshore oil drilling has a long history in California, but is highly unpopular today. The latest major spill is likely to fuel efforts to wind down oil and gas production statewide.
Rising global temperatures are increasing heat risks for outdoor workers and the urban poor.
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Hot, humid population centers are becoming epicenters of heat risk as climate changes worsens. It’s calling into question the conventional wisdom that urbanization uniformly reduces poverty.
Un pèse-bébé est suspendu à une branche d'arbre lors d'une séance de dépistage de la malnutrition à Ifotaka, dans le sud de Madagascar.
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Au cours des six dernières années, cinq saisons des pluies ont été mauvaises ou très mauvaises à Madagascar.
Dead animal carcasses lie outside of the village of Dambas in Kenya during a drought in 2006.
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The next year appears likely to bring another sequence of La Niña-related droughts to eastern East Africa. The time to act is now or many will suffer.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and co-defendants return to court in November.
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A scholar who has visited Guantanamo 11 times to observe legal proceedings in the 9/11 terrorism case explains why the conflict continues to delay the case going to trial.
A baby scale hangs on a tree branch during a malnutrition screening session in Ifotaka, southern Madagascar.
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Out of the last six years in Madagascar, five years have had poor or very bad rainy seasons.
Women in Ph.D STEM programs say they were told they had to choose between family and career.
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New study finds that workplace hostility toward motherhood in STEM fields can deter even young, childless women from pursuing academic careers.
On the campaign trail, Pedro Castillo often wore a straw-palm hat typical of Peru’s rural Cajamarca region, where he is from.
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Castillo is a farmer and teacher who has never held national office. Peru is a nation in political turmoil, with the world’s worst COVID-19 death rate. Can this unlikely leader lead it through crisis?
Local support might be the most important factor for a successful marine protected area.
In the design of marine protected areas, new research suggests that it might be better to start small in order to gain local trust and support that leads to larger long-term benefits.
An orchard near Kettleman City in California’s San Joaquin Valley on April 2, 2021.
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The US has one of the highest groundwater use rates in the world. When wells run dry, households may opt to conserve water, find new sources or sell and move.
The Office of Military Commissions building in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was where much legal activity about the detainees’ cases was handled.
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The release of a new movie calls public attention to the US government’s treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, and what the detainees’ future might be.
The rejection culture of academia is damaging. Rejections are inevitable, but there are better ways of managing the process that don’t leave individuals to bear the whole burden of coping.
Fishing on the high seas is expensive, and the profits are often small.
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Forced labor is a widespread problem in fisheries on the high seas. Between 2012 and 2018, an estimated 100,000 people may have been victims of forced labor on thousands of different boats.
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.
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.
Tsimane children look out over the Maniqui River, in the Bolivian Amazon.
‘Normal’ body temperature has declined in urban, industrialized settings like the US and UK. Anthropologists find the trend extends to Indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon – but why?
Bales of plastic waste destined for recycling.
Plastic waste is a global problem. Now a chemist has developed a new strategy for breaking down the most common plastic so it can be not just recycled, but upcycled into desirable goods.
Many prizes that aim to spur innovation are winner-take-all.
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Society has never faced more pressing challenges. Researchers are investigating how monetary prizes can help focus innovators’ attention, creativity and investment on finding solutions.