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New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a $250 million lawsuit against former president Donald Trump on Sept. 21, 2022 . Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

New York’s $250 million lawsuit against Donald Trump is the beginning, not end, of this case – a tax lawyer explains what’s at stake

New York’s lawsuit against Trump could mean he and three of his kids are prevented from operating a business again in the state – but the IRS will determine whether federal tax crimes also took place.
An 11th-century mosaic shows Epiphanius of Salamis, Clement of Rome, Gregory the Theologian, St. Nicholas the Wonderworker and Archdeacon Stephen. St. Sophia of Kyiv/Wikimedia Commons

The ‘fathers of the church’ died around 1,500 years ago, but these ancient leaders still influence Christianity today

Catholics, Protestants and Eastern Orthodox Christians recognize the authority of the ‘fathers’ to guide teaching on doctrinal issues.
The Carlsbad Desalination Plant in Southern California is the largest such plant in the Western Hemisphere, providing 50 million gallons of desalinated seawater per day.​ Reed Kaestner via Getty Images

Desalinating seawater sounds easy, but there are cheaper and more sustainable ways to meet people’s water needs

Nearly 97% of the world’s water is in the oceans, but desalination is no magic bullet for water-stressed coastal cities.
A worker cuts an electricity pole downed by Hurricane Fiona in Cayey, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 18, 2022. AP Photo/Stephanie Roja

Puerto Rico’s vulnerability to hurricanes is magnified by weak government and bureaucratic roadblocks

Hurricane Fiona will set back efforts to restore Puerto Rico that date back five years to Hurricane Maria. Two scholars explain how the island’s weak institutions worsen the impacts of disasters.
Life is more normal now than it has been in years, as people do away with masks and social distancing. Stefan Tomic/E+ via Getty Images

Is the pandemic over? We asked an economist, an education expert and a public health scholar their views

President Joe Biden’s suggestion that the COVID-19 pandemic is over has led to a backlash among some experts who suggest the comment is premature – and counterproductive.
Growth outpaced new enrollment from the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. bymuratdeniz/E+via Getty Images

Medicaid enrollment soared by 25% during the COVID-19 pandemic – but a big decline could happen soon

Pandemic-related policies made it easier for states to afford to cover more people and made that coverage more stable for millions of Americans who rely on the program for health care.
In 1956, during the height of the polio epidemic in the U.S., health officials in Chicago offer polio shots at a public school. Bettmann via Getty Images

Polio vaccination rates in some areas of the US hover dangerously close to the threshold required for herd immunity – here’s why that matters

With poliovirus circulating in New York, health authorities worry that pockets of the county with low polio vaccination rates could give the virus a foothold.
Vladimir Putin addressed the Russian people for less than 20 minutes to outline his plan for partial mobilisation and referendums in areas held by invading Russian troops. EPA-EFE/Maxim Shipenkov

Ukraine war: Putin calls up more troops and threatens nuclear option in a speech which ups the ante but shows Russia’s weakness

Vladimir Putin’s televised address to the Russian people is a desperate attempt to raise the stakes over the war in Ukraine.
As the pandemic continues to pose new challenges, libraries are finding ways to better meet the needs of their communities. Klaus Vedfelt/DigitalVision via GettyImages

Being a librarian isn’t just about books – it’s about helping everyone get access to information and resources

A scholar of literature for children and young adults shares her insights on how to better connect children with literature and libraries with their communities.
Book-banning campaigns often misrepresent how young readers consume and process literature. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Book bans reflect outdated beliefs about how children read

The US is seeing more campaigns to ‘protect’ children by barring controversial books. But research shows children’s reading experiences are complex and unpredictable, explains a literature professor.
Members of the British royal family follow behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is carried out of Westminster Abbey after her state funeral. Gareth Cattermole/Pool Photo via AP

Westminster Abbey has witnessed nearly a millennium of British history – but many rituals, like those at royal funerals, aren’t so old

A scholar of British history explains how the ornate church and its significance to the monarchy have changed over centuries.
With deepfake audio, that familiar voice on the other end of the line might not even be human let alone the person you think it is. Knk Phl Prasan Kha Phibuly/EyeEm via Getty Images

Deepfake audio has a tell – researchers use fluid dynamics to spot artificial imposter voices

AI-generated voice-alikes can be indistinguishable from the real person’s speech to the human ear. A computer model that gives voice to the dinosaurs turns out to be a good way to tell the difference.

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