The pandemic leaves its mark in the number of lives ended.
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Health statisticians keep careful tabs on how many people die every week. Based on what's happened in past years, they know what to expect – but 2020 death counts are surging beyond predictions.
A self-portrait of the author, who has found solace in her garden.
People with eating disorders often struggle with staying in control. For many, the pandemic took away control. A health scholar shares her story of how that loss of control affected her bulimia.
Will white people’s participation in Black Lives Matter protests yield real change?
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In principle, white Americans support efforts to end racism. But in practice, they have long been unwilling to support the fundamental change needed to do that. Will this year's events change that?
Unveiling of a statue of Richard T. Greener, the first Black professor at the University of South Carolina, in 2018.
As momentum builds to remove statutes that pay homage to Confederates and others who sought to uphold white supremacy, a historian explores questions about what should be erected in their place.
Kamala Harris, a U.S. senator from California, endorsed Joe Biden for president in March. Now she is his vice presidential nominee.
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Many African American women have run for president of the US, despite the enormous barriers facing both Black and female candidates. Biden's pick puts a Black woman much closer to the Oval Office.
A downpour or a drizzle: What causes the difference?
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Some rainstorms drench you in a second, while others drop rain in a nice peaceful drizzle. A meteorologist explains how rainstorms can be so different.
Will young, Black Americans turn out to vote in November?
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By picking Kamala Harris, a Black running mate, Biden may have brought younger Black Americans, who now comprise a critical set of swing voters, over to his side.
Joe Biden removes a face mask before speaking at a Delaware rally on June 30.
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In general, a candidate's choice for second-in-command doesn't directly swing voters. But it can reveal insights into who the candidate really is and how they might operate once in office.
The Fed can create all the money Uncle Sam needs.
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Congress is spending trillions of dollars trying to rescue the US economy and support workers and businesses. Can America afford it? 'No sweat,' according to modern monetary theory.
On Aug. 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that a coronavirus vaccine developed in the country has been registered for use.
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As Russia fast tracks a coronavirus vaccine, scientists worry about skipped safety checks – and the potential fallout for trust in vaccines if something ends up going wrong.
Tipped workers may struggle to make minimum wage, especially in the wake of the pandemic.
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Tipped workers have been struggling since before COVID-19, and the pandemic isn't making it better.
Incubus, a male demon, was said to prey on sleeping women in mythological tales.
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Stella Immanuel, who made headlines recently regarding a false coronavirus cure claim, has many beliefs related to how demons are a threat to humans. An expert explains their long religious history.
Rep. John Lewis attends church services at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma.
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A professor of homiletics explores the different personas Black preachers wear in the public sphere and how this has often been misunderstood.
Amy Blais, a telehealth nurse at HomeHealth Visiting Nurses in Saco, Maine.
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The old-fashioned telephone – well, maybe not a rotary dial, but a phone nonetheless – became a way during the pandemic for patients to 'see' their doctors. Could this trend continue?
A movie theater in Brea, Calif., has shuttered its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Studios have endured pandemics and the threat of home viewing before. Will the current crisis lead to disaster or opportunity?
COVID-19 has caused colleges to spend more to cope with the pandemic.
An enrollment specialist explains why colleges can or can't charge less for tuition amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced many to hold their classes online.
Margot Gage Witvliet was hospitalized with COVID-19 in March. More than four months later, she has yet to recover.
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Margot Gage Witvliet went from being healthy and active to fearing she was dying almost overnight. An epidemiologist, she dug into the research to understand what's happening to long-haulers like her.
The wall of Moms group is the latest in a long tradition of mothers’ movements around the world.
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By inflicting violence on protesting moms, governments only amplify the message of the movement they seek to quell.
The Texas frosted elfin (
Callophrys irus hadros), a small butterfly subspecies found only in Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, has lost most of its prairie habitat and is thought to have dramatically declined over the last century.
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Recent reports of dramatic declines in insect populations have sparked concern about an 'insect apocalypse.' But a new analysis of data from sites across North America suggests the case isn't proven.
Protesters at the Richmond, Virginia monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee on June 18, 2020.
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Protests of Confederate flags and monuments have grown since 2015, but resistance is not new. African Americans have been protesting against Confederate monuments since they were erected.