Protesters filled the newly named Black Lives Plaza, near the White House, on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Protests over police violence and white supremacy have erupted in almost 600 US cities. A historian of black social movements says what’s happened after George Floyd’s death is unprecedented.
A woman eats ice cream at Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City on May 30, 2020 in New York City. All 50 states have begun to reopen after weeks of stay-at-home measures.
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If coronavirus is still circulating, why are we safer now that social distancing measures have been relaxed? A public health expert explains.
Emergency medical technicians bring a patient into Wyckoff Hospital in the Borough of Brooklyn on April 6, 2020 in New York.
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While African Americans account for about 14% of the US population, they have accounted for about 60% of deaths from the virus. Several physicians offer an idea they think could help.
As states open up, more coronavirus spread is expected, and models can show whether public health measures are working.
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There are different types of epidemiological models. Those that rely on understanding of how disease spread are most useful now that most states have passed their peak case numbers.
With online learning, children are staring at computer screens for more hours each day.
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With online learning and social distancing, kids are spending more time staring at screens and less time outdoors. That can put them at higher risk of myopia and serious eye problems in the future.
Faithful in many religions, including Islam, may turn to healing amulets like necklaces and other small objects in difficult times.
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From magic bowls to holy shirts, Muslim cultures used various devices to protect the user from harm starting in the 11th century. Many of these objects were beautifully designed, too.
A teacher drops by her idled classroom.
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Making classrooms, cafeterias and other spaces less crowded will be essential. There are two main ways to do that.
People shop at the reopening of the Farmer’s Market in Manhattan Beach, California on May 12, 2020.
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The US is slowly reopening, but the messages from governments are confusing. An expert offers guidance on many people’s first priority – connecting with loved ones.
A nearly deserted street in the city of Nice, France, on May 6, the 51st day of lockdown there. Europe’s method of reopening is markedly different from the U.S. plan.
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As the US prepares to reopen from weeks of social distancing, it’s worth noting what other countries are doing.
A trainload of expelled ethnic Germans from Czechoslovakia arrives in Bavaria, Germany, after World War II.
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After World War II ended in Europe, millions of ethnic Germans faced an uncertain future. The political repercussions of their expulsion continue even today.
Colleges and universities may now use a higher burden of proof.
Sexual harassment could be harder to prove under new regulations released by the Education Department.
Millions of U.S. high school students have used e-cigarettes.
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Current legislation focuses on the flavor of e-cigarettes. But the latest research shows the attraction isn’t about taste.
¿A cuántas personas puede contagiar un solo infectado?
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Los epidemiólogos usan el R0–el número de reproducción–para describir la intensidad de una enfermedad infecciosa. Estima el número de casos, en promedio, que serán causados por una persona contagiada.
Female tiger crossing track, Bandavgarh National Park, India.
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A new study forecasts that thousands of miles of new road construction will cut through tiger habitat across Asia by 2050. Planning can make these projects more tiger-friendly.
The Trump administration was not alone with its slow response to the COVID-19 crisis.
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Human beings have difficulty assessing distant threats.
Pools of floating crude oil at the site of the sunken Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, April 27, 2010.
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The Deepwater Horizon disaster set new records for holding polluters to account. But it had much less impact on laws regulating offshore drilling or US oil dependence.
An autonomous vehicle has no driver to communicate with about whether it’s safe to cross.
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Pedestrians are wary of autonomous cars, but they trust traffic lights. Researchers suggest driverless cars could communicate directly with the signals to make their own actions more predictable.
To control the coronavirus spread, the U.S. needs to get the most value out of the limited testing capacity it has.
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Testing everyone for COVID-19 isn’t realistic in a country the size of the US, but there are ways to design testing systems that can catch most of the cases.
Testing blood provides answers about who has been infected.
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After your body fights off an infection, antibodies remain in your blood. Two researchers explain how tests identify these antibodies and what the data can be used for.
A chemist displays hydroxychloroquine tablets in Kolkata,India
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With recent calls for their use in combating COVID-19, there are concerns that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine might become unavailable to people who need them.