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Vladimir Putin speaks at a rally in Moscow in March 2022, according to this Kremlin image, with a banner that says “For the world without Nazism! For Russia!” Kremlin Press Office/Handout/Andalou Agency via Getty Images

Putin’s propaganda is rooted in Russian history – and that’s why it works

For hundreds of years, Russia has elevated its political leaders as figureheads. That’s part of what makes its propaganda so convincing.
Some people are inherently better at tasks like reading X-rays. SDI Productions/E+ via Getty Images

People vary a lot in how well they recognize, match or categorize the things they see – researchers attribute this skill to an ability they call ‘o’

To achieve perceptual expertise, you may need more than smarts and hard work. Research suggests there’s a general ability that may help you succeed in jobs that depend on perceptual decisions.
Rosa Luxemburg, the Polish-born German revolutionary and co-founder of the German Communist Party, addressing a meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1907. She was assassinated in January 1919. Universal History Archive/Getty Images

Russia’s antisemitism aimed at Ukraine’s Zelenskyy is just the Kremlin variant of a very old European virus

Antisemitism has been used as a weapon against leading Jewish politicians in Europe for over a century – no matter how assimilated they were. Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy is no exception.
Reenactments of Old West gunfights, like this one at a tourist attraction in Texas in 2014, are part of the mythology underpinning the United States’ gun culture. Carol M. Highsmith via Library of Congress

American gun culture is based on frontier mythology – but ignores how common gun restrictions were in the Old West

A scholar of gun culture looks at the roots of Americans’ love affair with firearms – and their willingness to accept gun violence as a price of freedom.
Many Americans reacted with outrage to the Supreme Court’s decision to dismantle the constitutional right to abortion. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Why Roe v. Wade’s demise – unlike gay rights or Ukraine – isn’t getting corporate America to speak up

In contrast to their reaction to gay rights or the war in Ukraine, relatively few companies have openly criticized the Supreme Court ruling ending a constitutional right to abortion.
Physician burnout is more prevalent in women than men. ER Productions Limited/DigitalVision via Getty Images

An online life coaching program for female physicians decreases burnout, increases self-compassion and cures impostor syndrome, according to a new study

Physician burnout is a severe problem in the medical field, made much worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. But an online coaching program that could be scaled up had dramatic results for participants.
It is illegal for people under 21 to smoke e-cigarettes like Juuls, but adult use has come under scrutiny, too. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

The FDA and Juul are fighting over a vape ban, but the role of e-cigarettes in the world of tobacco abuse is not clear-cut

E-cigarettes are facing calls for complete bans on their sale. A tobacco addiction researcher explores the balance between vaping’s harm to teens and potential use as a tool for quitting smoking.
Employees are more likely to put in long hours when they’re passionate about their work. sturti / Getty Images

5 drawbacks to following your passion

A sociologist took a critical look at the cherished career advice to ‘follow your passion.’ What she found is that this advice often brings unintended consequences.
Joe Kennedy poses in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building after his legal case, Kennedy vs. Bremerton School District, was argued before the court on April 25, 2022. Win McNamee/Getty Images News via Getty Images

Why the Supreme Court’s football decision is a game-changer on school prayer

Kennedy v. Bremerton, a case about a public school teacher’s prayer, helps close out a Supreme Court term in which religion was often in the spotlight.
Science can observe these various phases of fetal development but cannot determine when human life begins. UrsaHoogle/E+ via Getty Images

Defining when human life begins is not a question science can answer – it’s a question of politics and ethical values

Some people seeking to influence public opinion about abortion rights claim the science is clear. It’s not, and that means abortion remains a political question – not a biological one.
Research shows that short spacing between childbirth and another pregnancy comes with heightened health risks. Aleksandr Kirillov/EyeEm via Getty Images

A growing number of women give birth at Catholic hospitals, where they do not receive the same reproductive health options – including birth control – provided at other hospitals

Many people do not realize they are delivering at a Catholic hospital, and others may not have a choice. But where one receives care has a profound impact on the birth control options they’re offered.
The mifepristone pill is one option for medication abortion that can be purchased online and used at home. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

What is a medication, or medical, abortion? 5 questions answered by 3 doctors

Three experts answer questions about the effectiveness, safety and side effects of medication abortion, using mifepristone followed by misoprostol.

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