The Taliban’s success in taking control in Afghanistan has encouraged other militant groups.
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The Taliban promised not to allow Afghanistan to be used by groups seeking to attack the US, yet terrorist groups have only become more emboldened under its rule.
Rest and relaxation is essential – a lesson religions learned long ago.
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Rituals of rest and contemplation are woven into many religious traditions around the world.
‘All things are possible,’ Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters said of the message contained in the band’s eighth album, ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’
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Stoicism can easily be misread as pessimistic because of its relentless focus on mortality and fragility. But its core message – contained in songs spanning generations – is profoundly empowering.
You and the trillions of microbes in your gut can live in harmony.
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The types of microbes residing in your gut can affect your mental and physical health. Home microbiome tests promise to help consumers improve the composition of their gut microbes.
Private companies have launched dozens of imaging satellites – like the two small boxes in the middle of the photo – into orbit in recent years.
Private satellite companies have boomed in recent years, and many experts have wondered what role they would play in a conflict. They have proved to be invaluable to Ukraine in recent months.
Donald Trump is under federal investigation for mishandling classified documents.
What are classified documents? Who gets to see them? What happens if they are released?
Schools can help students see themselves working in computer science.
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While computer science courses can help students with learning disabilities see themselves in careers in the field, they are still underrepresented. A team of researchers explores why.
Author Salman Rushdie pictured in London in 2017.
The novel goes to the heart of Muslim religious beliefs and challenges some of its most sensitive tenets.
Dogs use their tails to communicate.
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An anthropologist explains some of the many ways animals use their tails, from balancing as they walk to attracting a mate.
Soviet whalers manning mechanized harpoons in 1960.
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The Soviet Union was a latecomer to industrial whaling, but it slaughtered whales by the thousands once it started and radically under-reported its take to international monitors.
Today’s EVs rely heavily on China and other countries for materials.
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No electric vehicle maker currently meets all the bill’s supply chain requirements, not even Tesla. One big reason: China.
Technology operating today can capture carbon dioxide from the air, but it’s expensive.
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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.
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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?
The appearance of hives can vary with skin color.
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Hives are an allergic reaction and can sometimes be a sign of a more serious immune response.
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Indian independence in Bangalore, Aug. 8 2022.
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Adopted in 1949, India’s original constitution has withstood the test of time to help shape the world’s largest democracy. But as India hits turbulent time, so does its landmark constitution.
While laptops have dropped in price, old-school supplies like pencils and markers are getting more expensive.
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Inflation is soaring, but prices for typical back-to-school gear like backpacks, computers and new clothes are rising less than average – or even falling.
Human connections can help people through difficult times.
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Academics and religious leaders address the role of faith and community in managing mental health issues in young people and society as a whole.
Participants in ‘violence prevention’ programs seek to deescalate conflicts before they turn deadly.
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A burst of federal funding is letting Indianapolis expand existing efforts and try promising new approaches that other cities have developed.
Ticket prices for a coveted show can spike.
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Many kinds of vendors use this strategy to charge the highest prices the market will bear at a particular moment for time-sensitive goods and services.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks at a news briefing at the Pentagon on July 20, 2022.
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For civilians, free speech is protected by the First Amendment. Not so in the US military, where the rise of political extremism has become a problem.