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Dogs use their tails to communicate. Eastimages/Moment via Getty Images

Why do animals have tails?

An anthropologist explains some of the many ways animals use their tails, from balancing as they walk to attracting a mate.
Technology operating today can capture carbon dioxide from the air, but it’s expensive. C Gebald and J Wurzbacher Copyright Climeworks

Biden signs sweeping climate, tax and health care bill: Its projected emissions cuts rely heavily on carbon capture, meaning thousands of miles of pipeline

One estimate suggests at least a sixth of all emissions cuts expected from the Inflation Reduction Act would come from carbon capture.
U.S. banana growers heavily influenced several Central American governments in the early 20th century. George Rinhart/Getty Images

What’s a banana republic? A political scientist explains

The US grows hardly any tropical fruit. So why are politicians and political commentators saying the country is at risk of devolving into a banana republic?
Participants in ‘violence prevention’ programs seek to deescalate conflicts before they turn deadly. Andre Chung for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Reducing gun violence: A complicated problem can’t be solved with just one approach, so Indianapolis is trying programs ranging from job skills to therapy to violence interrupters to find out what works

A burst of federal funding is letting Indianapolis expand existing efforts and try promising new approaches that other cities have developed.
Primary care providers comprise nearly a third of the U.S. clinician workforce. Tetra Images/via Getty Images

How primary care is poised to support reproductive health and abortion in the post-Roe era

Primary care doctors have long played an important role in providing birth control. Now, with the fall of Roe, they could help fill a critical need for comprehensive family planning services.
When people who are split on abortion speak directly with each other, various good outcomes – including policy change – can happen. Vector Illustration

There’s reason for people on opposing sides of abortion to talk, even if they disagree – it helps build respect, understanding and can lead to policy change

When ideological enemies talk across their great divides, something good can happen – it reduces stereotypes and inflammatory language directed at people who don’t agree on the abortion rights issue.
Palm Beach police officers stand near the Florida home of former President Donald Trump on Aug. 8, 2022. Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images

Why searching an ex-president’s estate is not easily done – 4 important things to know about the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago

There’s a high bar for a federal judge to grant a search warrant, indicating there is probable cause that Trump committed a crime by holding classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.

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