An illustration of a sugar plantation in Antigua.
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A scholar of slavery in the British Empire describes the first boycott against sugar made with slave labor in the West Indies.
Millennials are less likely to drive than older generations.
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Research shows that millennials don't drive as much as previous generations, largely because of their beliefs.
The number of confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19 in New York City was 23,247 as of July 10, which is more than eight times the number who died in the 9/11 attack.
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The COVID-19 death toll in the US is now over 130,000. What do 130,000 fatalities look like? A biostatistician provides some perspective.
Chief Justice John Roberts is shown leaving the Senate chamber during President Trump’s impeachment trial Feb. 5, 2020. Behind him is Lindsay Graham, (R-S.C).
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The recent fall of Chief Justice John Roberts underscores that falls can happen to anyone. They are a major cause of disability in seniors - but there are some clearcut ways to prevent them.
Residents of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood protest in 2017 outside a coffee shop that posted a sign celebrating gentrification.
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Hip food offerings can signal that a neighborhood is gentrifying – especially when they repackage traditional foods for wealthy white eaters.
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus arrives at a press conference at WHO headquarters in Geneva on July 3, 2020.
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The WHO is a health agency, not a political one. Yet political leaders have often criticized it. Still, the move by the US to pull out from the organization is unprecedented.
A memorial to Egyptian activist Sarah Hegazi in Amsterdam, June 19, 2020.
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Rejected by their countries but seen as outsiders in the West, queer and trans Muslims often live in limbo. The mental health costs of alienation can be severe, says a scholar of Islam and sexuality.
Satere-mawe Indigenous men in face masks paddle the Ariau River in hard-hit Manaus state during the coronavirus pandemic, May 5, 2020.
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The Bolsonaro government cannot simply allow Brazil's out-of-control coronavirus pandemic to decimate its Indigenous population, Brazil's Supreme Court says.
The Say Their Names Cemetery commemorating the lives of black victims of police violence.
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The #SayTheirNames campaign recalls the long struggle by Black Americans to assert their humanity in death, with roots in the fight for slave burials.
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Americans with lower incomes today are less happy than they were 40 years ago. Could the growing class divide be to blame?
The ministerial exemptions ruling is one of several cases involving religious employers in front of the Supreme Court.
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In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said that teachers at a Catholic school performed religious duties and were not protected by workplace discrimination laws.
The USPS could do more than deliver mail.
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Millions of Americans are financially excluded from the banking system, which makes them even more vulnerable during the current crisis.
Russian President Vladimir Putin at a polling station to cast his ballot in a nationwide vote on constitutional reforms in Moscow on July 1, 2020.
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The recent vote in Russia supporting Vladimir Putin's constitutional reforms was pure theater and obscures growing friction between state and society.
Marriage equality supporters in 2006 probably had no idea the law they advocated would spur innovation.
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Inventors in states with more socially liberal laws on the books end up with more diverse collaborators – and more higher-impact patents.
Duck decoys lure real ducks within range of hunters. Nanoparticles that look like cells serve as both decoys and hunters to ensnare virus particles.
Nanoparticles dressed up in cell membranes snag SARS-CoV-2 virus particles before they reach human cells.
Armed white citizens and police have historically worked together in the U.S., though it’s not clear whether that’s what’s happening here.
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For many Americans, law and order has long been as much a private matter as something for the government to handle.
College entrance exams are being rethought.
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College entrance exams haven't always been the most fair. But will getting rid of them lead to more diversity on campus?
Aerosols are made up of tiny respiratory droplets suspended in the air.
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More than 200 scientists wrote to the World Health Organization, warning about aerosol transmission of the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump at the Tulsa campaign rally, where he said he had slowed down COVID-19 testing to keep the numbers low.
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The absence of trust in a nation's leader and government jeopardizes an effective response to a health crisis. It also creates a political crisis, a loss of faith in democracy.
Some colleges may have to scramble to make plans to keep international students enrolled.
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A new immigration rule may force some international students to leave the country.