Men hold up protest signs in front of the coffins of DRC refugees killed in August 2004 in Gatumba, Burundi.
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Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo is used to win a place in government, not to overthrow it. And it keeps working.
Nicaragua’s lawmakers have closed NGOs in a string of decrees.
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These crackdowns are occurring around the world in countries that are becoming less free because of what’s known as ‘democratic backsliding.’
Is it time to find new language to describe racial disparities in education?
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Two education researchers say one of the most widely used terms in school reform debates should be retired because of its potential to do more harm than good.
Both children and adults are susceptible to the ear infection known as “swimmer’s ear.”
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Perhaps surprisingly, it’s possible to get swimmer’s ear without a dip in the pool, lake or ocean. Two doctors explain what this painful infection is and how to get rid of it.
The new Baltic Pipe natural gas pipeline connects Norwegian natural gas fields in the North Sea with Denmark and Poland, offering an alternative to Russian gas.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has not hesitated to use energy as a weapon. An expert on global energy markets analyzes what could come next.
Downed powerlines can mean weeks without power.
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A study of real-world disasters shows home solar and storage could keep the lights on and the air conditioner running during many outages, but not all.
Storm surge can push water levels well above normal sea level during a hurricane.
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How destructive storm surge gets depends on both the hurricane and the shape of the land.
A frequent sight during the pandemic.
The bullwhip effect describes small changes in demand that become amplified as they move down the supply chain, resulting in shortages. The pandemic put that phenomenon on steroids.
Ada Limón is the 24th U.S. poet laureate.
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Ada Limón is the first woman of Mexican ancestry to be named U.S. poet laureate. Through her understanding of social media and the power of connection, she strives to make poetry accessible to everyone.
Forced laborers lived in prison cells at one palm oil plantation in Indonesia.
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Global estimates of modern-day slavery by the United Nations reveal improving methods for calculating the data.
A woman votes in the controversial referendum in Donetsk, Ukraine on Sept. 27, 2022.
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While some parts of eastern Ukraine have been under partial Russian control since 2014, other sections continue to fight back. Most residents overall have said they don’t want to be part of Russia.
Women holding up photographs of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini during a demonstration in Arbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, on Sept. 24, 2022.
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A scholar of Iranian politics explains how Iranians have organized resistance movements for the past several decades while risking arrest and public flogging.
Psychedelic experiences are deeply tied to mystical and counterculture ideas that are often at odds with science.
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Today’s psychedelics researchers still have to deal with the fallout of the decadeslong freeze on research. Listen to ‘The Conversation Weekly’ podcast.
Deep brain stimulation relies on thin electrodes implanted deep in the brain that deliver electrical currents.
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This rare procedure is offered by only a handful of centers in the US and around the world and should be used only when less invasive treatment options for OCD have been tried.
A variant of Piezo1 may boost tendon strength and, subsequently, athletic ability.
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The discovery of the role that the protein Piezo1 plays in touch and body awareness won the 2021 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. Piezo1 may also be a significant player in motor function.
Who will be next to cross this stage and accept a Nobel Prize?
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Buying and selling stocks – with real or play money – is a way to harness the wisdom of the crowd about questions like who is going to win a competition.
Louis Pasteur was a pioneer in chemistry, microbiology, immunology and vaccinology.
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On World Rabies Day – which is also the anniversary of French microbiologist Louis Pasteur’s death – a virologist reflects on the achievements of this visionary scientist.
This Russian short-range cruise missile, the Iskander-K, can carry nuclear warheads for several hundred miles.
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Tactical nuclear weapons were designed to be used on the battlefield rather than for strategic defense, but that doesn’t mean there’s a plausible case for using them.
Some areas wouldn’t see immediate effects, and there could be serious consequences.
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Injecting reflective particles into the atmosphere won’t immediately cool the entire planet. A new study shows how parts of the US, China and Europe might still see temperatures rising a decade later.
Hurricane Ian pounded western Cuba on Sept. 26, 2022, on its way to the Florida coast.
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For some people, the risks associated with leaving can seem more dangerous than the storm.