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People in Zambia gather while awaiting food distribution in January 2020. Guillem Sartorio/AFP via Getty Images

Prejudice against people with darker skin may make donors less generous

Using a common tool for measuring subconscious stereotypes, a scholar assessed how bias against dark skin can influence an inclination to support a charity serving people in low-income countries.
Donald Trump’s current term as president began on Jan. 20, 2017. It will end on Jan. 20, 2021, with the start of a new term – for him, or someone else. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

The president’s term ends at noon on Jan. 20

The framers of the Constitution were very clear that presidential terms have time limits. Not four years and a day. Not three years and 364 days. Four years.
This artist’s rendering shows OSIRIS-REx spacecraft descending toward asteroid Bennu to collect a sample of the asteroid’s surface. NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx will land on an asteroid to bring home rocks and dust – if it can avoid Mt. Doom

OSIRIS-REx will touch down on asteroid Bennu, collect a sample of the dust and begin its journey back to Earth, where scientists will study it, hoping to learn secrets of the solar system's origin.
‘Chile Decides’ whether to change its military dictatorship-era constitution at a popular referendum on Oct. 25. Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images

Chile puts its constitution on the ballot after year of civil unrest

On Oct. 25 Chile will decide whether to replace its dictatorship-era constitution with a new one written wholly by the Chilean people. The vote shows how protests can change the course of a nation.
Rural health providers have had to adapt to the pandemic by providing services in locations like school gyms and community centers. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Rural health cooperatives are challenged by connectivity and social distancing – but are innovating

The pandemic has exacerbated existing issues of connectivity and access, but providers and patients are finding creative solutions.
A lot of interests want to influence the cases that come before the Supreme Court and how they’re decided. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

How conservative groups will advance their agendas before a Supreme Court with Amy Coney Barrett

Special interests use the court as a public policy battleground. Here's a rundown of how that works and which groups are likely to appear before a conservative court with Amy Coney Barrett on it.
Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in Oct. 12 for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leah Millis/Pool via AP

The history of oath ceremonies and why they matter when taking office

Taking oath is an important tradition before assuming charge of a public office. It entails a commitment to the future. What is the history of oath-taking?
In Europe, women politicians were even more likely to respond to female constituents who asked for help. Ponomariova_Maria via Getty

Women politicians more likely to reply to people who reach out in need, study shows

Researchers posed as constituents and emailed 3,685 legislators in 11 countries in Europe and Latin America to ask for help. Responsiveness varied by gender by up to 13 percentage points.
College students are making plans to head home for the holidays at the same time U.S. COVID-19 case numbers are rising. William Campbell/Getty Images

Colleges and the Thanksgiving COVID-19 risk: Fauci’s right – holiday plans may have to change

Universities have seen widespread COVID-19 outbreaks this fall. Now students are preparing to travel for the holiday, and public health officials are worried.

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