Going to space requires more than just rocket science.
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Spacecraft are just a small part of what it takes for humans to become an interplanetary species. A political science professor explains how there is much more to creating a spacefaring society.
General Grant stands in front of his campaign tent at his headquarters in Virginia in 1865.
Known as the military leader who saved America, Ulysses S. Grant left a legacy of fighting for the rights of enslaved people during and after the Civil War.
If only little Gregory got a gift card …
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Finding good gifts can be tricky. Here are some research-backed tips to help you with your holiday shopping.
A short-tailed weasel in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
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Polar bears and wolves may get the glory, but small predators like weasels, foxes and their cousins play outsized ecological roles. And many of these species are declining fast.
Red knots stop to feed along the Delaware shore as they migrate from the high Arctic to South America.
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Governments, scientists and conservation groups are working to protect 30% of Earth’s land and water for nature by 2030. Two scientists explain why scale matters for reaching that goal.
Hackers are just one part of a supply chain in a multimillion-dollar black market for stolen data.
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The hacker who steals your data is just one part of an illicit supply chain featuring producers, wholesalers, distributors and consumers – a black-market industry worth millions of dollars.
Brain-computer interfaces raise many ethical questions about how and whether they should be used for certain applications.
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From warfare to entertainment and VR, brain-computer interface development has extended beyond prosthetics for patients with disabilities. Missing is full ethical consideration of the consequences.
People walk by the campus of Yeshiva University in New York City.
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Yeshiva University’s legal case has garnered national attention, but several similar cases are underway.
A depiction of an auction where an enslaved person is sold.
At a time when politicians across the country are debating how slavery in the US is taught, high school students are participating in mock slave auctions that are having severe consequences
Demonstrators from the Chagos Islands protest for Britain to end its “illegal occupation”.
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As they negotiate with Mauritius, British leaders are mostly interested in securing guarantees that America’s military interests will not be harmed by a transfer of authority to Port Louis.
An Orthodox Jewish man looks at photographs of Jews murdered during the Holocaust at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Israel.
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There isn’t one, clear-cut way to prevent genocide. But there are effective methods of prevention that governments can take.
As of Nov. 30, 2022, 62.5% of children and adolescents are unvaccinated against COVID-19.
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Nurses who identify as Democrats have a significantly higher likelihood of having their children vaccinated against COVID-19 than those who identify as Republicans.
Universities are seeking to boost bottom lines and personal connections with cryptocurrencies.
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Despite a recent crash in value, universities are using cryptocurrencies for a variety of purposes and reasons.
Drinking is going out of fashion among young people in some parts of the world, but not others.
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Young people in high-income countries now drink much less than their counterparts 20 years ago. But the opposite is happening in developing countries. Why? Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
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Partial layout of the graves discovered during the excavation at the medieval Jewish cemetery of Erfurt.
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A German town needed to relocate a medieval graveyard to build a parking garage. A positive side effect: Scientists got to sequence the DNA of Ashkenazi Jews who lived more than 600 years ago.