Carcinogenic chemicals are labeled with a health hazard warning symbol.
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The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer convenes a panel of scientific experts to review available evidence on whether specific chemicals or occupational exposures may cause cancer.
Cells at Alcatraz, a famous former prison on an island off the coast of California.
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Prisons and jails have a long history, but they weren’t always used for the same kinds of punishment.
Computers are growing more powerful and more capable, but everything has limits.
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In the age of AI, people might wonder if there’s anything computers can’t do. The answer is yes. In fact, there are numerous problems that are beyond the reach of even the most powerful computers.
Pope Francis leads the second vespers service at St. Paul’s Basilica on Jan. 25, 2023, in Rome.
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Catholic leaders’ attitudes toward LGBTQ people have shifted dramatically – but the actual theology behind them, not so much.
Pennsylvania’s independent voters helped elect Democrat John Fetterman, seen here, over the GOP contender for the U.S. Senate seat, Mehmet Oz.
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Pollsters, pundits and politicians all get it wrong when it comes to independent voters, who have become a crucial – and sometimes decisive – group in American politics.
A bald eagle on Baranof Island in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest.
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The Tongass National Forest in Alaska, a focus of political battles over old-growth logging and road-building in forests for decades, has received new protection from the Biden administration.
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Calculating the cost of living in the country.
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The rising cost of living doesn’t hit all Americans equally. Yet the benchmark figure for charting the rising cost of living excludes people in rural areas.
The battle for power in the animal world isn’t always about brute force.
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Life can be a struggle for power – not just for people but for nonhuman animals, too. An animal behaviorist explains how this quest can be more Shakespearean drama than boxing match.
Technology is increasingly important in Holocaust education – seen here in ‘The Journey Back’ within The Richard and Jill Chaifetz Family Virtual Reality Gallery at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
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Antisemitism often appears and spreads on social media. But digital technology can be part of the solution, too.
Active oil wells can often be found next door to homes, office buildings and even schools.
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The Los Angeles area has over 20,000 active, idle or abandoned oil wells. The city and county have voted to ban new ones after studies showed health problems in residents living nearby.
Beavers dramatically change a landscape by building dams that create ponds of still water.
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Restoring entire ecosystems is a difficult and expensive process. Thankfully, certain species, called ecosystem engineers, can make restoration easier. Gaining social and political support is critical too.
Ukraine has a mixed human rights record over the past several decades, new data shows.
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New data from 2000 through 2019 shows that Ukraine’s human rights record is better than Russia’s – but worse than that of its Western European neighbors.
Tech billionaire Dustin Mosovitz is one of the world’s wealthiest effective altruists.
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The term, coined in 2011, refers to people who seek to use their money and time to make as much progress as possible toward solving the world’s most pressing problems.
The depiction of Prophet Muhammad at Hamline University has opened up a debate about what sacred images can or cannot be shown in a classroom.
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Fierce debates about visual depictions of the sacred have existed for centuries. An art historian explains the controversies in the Byzantine Empire over images of Christ.
Electrifying trucks and cars and shifting to renewable energy are crucial for California’s zero-emissions future.
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California is one of the world’s largest economies, and it’s aiming for net-zero emissions by 2045. A transportation expert involved in the plan explains why it just might succeed.
Would you hold the mother responsible for her daughter’s weight?
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While excess weight arises from a complex interplay of genes, environment, diet and activity, new research finds Americans hold parents responsible for excess weight in their kids.
M1 Abrams, a third-generation American main battle tanks, are seen in Poland in September 2022.
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The US tanks could give Ukraine an advantage in pushing back Russia from its territory – but no amount of money alone is enough to win a war.
Prince Harry’s new book “Spare” is stirring discussion about whether he should have revealed the number of warfighters that he killed.
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A US Air Force professor of philosophy weighs in on Prince Harry’s decision to disclose his ‘body count’ from his service in Afghanistan.
Any hominid fossil find with molar teeth can be plugged into a new equation that reveals its species’ prenatal growth rate.
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Using a new equation based on today’s primates, scientists can take a few molar teeth from an extinct fossil species and reconstruct exactly how fast their offspring grew during gestation.