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An early 20th-century NAACP map showing lynchings between 1909 and 1918. The maps were sent to politicians and newspapers in an effort to spur legislation protecting Black Americans. Library of Congress

How Black cartographers put racism on the map of America

Mapping is one way African Americans fight for equality and help each other navigate a racially hostile landscape.
Los sensores de temperatura de infrarrojos permiten medir la temperatura sin tocar a la persona. AP Photo/LM Otero

Sensores: así monitorean nuestros cuerpos y todo el mundo

Hay sensores por todas partes. Están en puertas automáticas, en cajas registradoras, en consultorios médicos y hospitales. Se utilizan por dentro y por fuera del cuerpo.
Belang pada harimau membuat mereka bisa menyatu dengan pohon dan rerumputan di habitat mereka, di Asia. Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images

Mengapa harimau memiliki belang? Ini kata ahli

Bagaimana harimau -- predator puncak -- berhasil berburu mangsa mereka meski memiliki bulu berwarna oranye terang? Rahasianya berada pada belang mereka!
Missing a field season can be devastating if your research subject is melting away. Karen Lloyd

From permafrost microbes to survivor songbirds – research projects are also victims of COVID-19 pandemic

Three scientists describe the fieldwork they've had to delay in 2020 because of the pandemic. These are setbacks not just for their careers, but for the body of scientific knowledge.
A tiger’s vertical stripes help it blend in with trees and grasses in its homelands in Asia. Frédéric Soltan/Corbis via Getty Images

Why do tigers have stripes?

How do tigers – a top predator – successfully hunt their prey when they have bright orange fur? The secret's in their stripes!
Ethiopian soldiers in 2005 on a hilltop outpost overlooking the northern town of Badme, in the Tigray region. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

What lies behind the war in Tigray?

The Ethiopian premier is manipulating ethnic rivalries to shift the agenda from democratic reform to authoritarianism.
Global economic support for COVID-19 relief is providing an opportunity to kick-start a shift toward a green future. Maksim Chernyshev/EyeEm via Getty Images

Coronavirus relief funds could easily pay to stop the worst of climate change while rebooting economies

Over US$12 trillion of COVID-19 relief has been promised. If a small portion was put toward economy-boosting green investments, the world could get on track to avoid the worst of climate change.
Demonstrators hold up pro-Affordable Care Act signs outside the U.S. Supreme Court as it hears oral arguments that challenge the Affordable Care Act in Washington on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

While the Supreme Court deliberates on the Affordable Care Act, Congress and the White House may act

The ACA's third date with the Supreme Court was Nov. 10, and it will be months before a decision. In the meantime, however, Congress and the new president can do things to bolster the law.
Rachel Goldman and a child with cancer participate in a fundraiser for childhood cancer research on Nov. 17, 2019 in New York City. Children with cancer face many challenges even when they are not in hospice care. Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Runway Heroes

How children with lethal cancers and other incurable illnesses have benefited from the Affordable Care Act – and why they’ll suffer if the Supreme Court overturns it

The Supreme Court hears a new challenge to the ACA on Nov. 10, with the entire law on the line. That includes a little-known paragraph that allows some hope to very sick children and their families.
The red salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) is a species endemic to the United States. Betty4240/iStock via Getty Images

A skin-eating fungus from Europe could decimate Appalachia’s salamanders – but researchers are working to prevent an outbreak

The Bsal fungus is not yet here in North America, or any place in the Western Hemisphere, but there is concern that the pet trade is the most likely route for introduction here.

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