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Calls for help at Chicago’s Cook County jail, where hundreds of inmates and staff have COVID-19, April 9, 2020. Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP via Getty Images

Prisons and jails are coronavirus epicenters – but they were once designed to prevent disease outbreaks

In the 1790s, penal reformers rebuilt America's squalid jails as airy, hygienic places meant to keep residents – and by extension society – healthy. Now they're hotbeds of COVID-19. What went wrong?
What kind of ratings works best? Pixel Embargo/Shutterstock.com

Rating news sources can help limit the spread of misinformation

People think they're good at detecting disinformation, but most people actually aren't. A group of researchers searches for the best way to help users steer clear of online deception campaigns.
Predatory fish are among the most vulnerable species to human pressures. Rich Carey/Shutterstock

New map shows that only 13% of the oceans are still truly wild

The world has some 500 million square kilometres of ocean. But just 55 million square kilometres remain untouched by intensive human activities such as fishing.
The formula industry has responded to the decline in sales to white women at home by ramping up its marketing to Black and brown women overseas. (Shutterstock)

U.S. support of formula over breastfeeding is a race issue

American support of the formula industry comes at the cost of the health and lives of Black and brown babies, at home and abroad.
In Season 3 of ‘Parts Unknown,’ Anthony Bourdain took viewers to Tanzania. CNN

Anthony Bourdain’s window into Africa

When covering Africa, Bourdain rejected the monolithic way media outlets have historically depicted the continent's diverse cultures and populations.
Many Americans would be appalled to think that caste might exist in the supposedly meritocratic U.S. But is the country’s persistent, entrenched inequality really so different? Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Does America have a caste system?

An Indian scholar makes the case that caste explains inequality in America better than race and class.
The fear and distress caused by a false missile alarm last week on Jan. 13 in Hawaii is part of the 125 year legacy of American occupation. Here, cars drive past a highway sign: “Missile alert in error. There is no threat” on the H-1 Freeway in Honolulu. (Cory Lum/Civil Beat via AP)

Life, death and politics in Hawaii: 125 years of colonial rule

The fear and distress caused by a false missile alarm last week in Hawaii is part of the 125- year legacy of American occupation.
Research shows that holding down a job as a teenager has real benefits later in life. (Shutterstock)

Why teenage jobs are good for your kids

Instead of trying out for band or the hockey team, adolescents might do better to choose a part-time job as an extracurricular activity. Research shows it pays big dividends later in life.
A photographer’s rendition of the neo-Nazi milk fetish. Milk has been a symbol for Nazis for decades. (Livonia Stronk/Imgur)

Milk, a symbol of neo-Nazi hate

The U.S.-based white supremacist movement that calls itself the "alt-right" has recently embraced milk as a symbol.
Five years ago: an aerial view of Minato, Japan, after the earthquake and tsunami. Lance Cpl. Ethan Johnson/U.S. Marine Corps

A new way to detect tsunamis: cargo ships

Reliably predicting whether a tsunami is large enough to require evacuations requires many more observations from the deep ocean than we now have.

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