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Severe air pollution can speed up neurodegeneration when the brain is at the peak of its development — during childhood. Pictured here, a child in Beijing. (Shutterstock)

Air pollution in global megacities linked to children’s cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s and death

Investigation of the brains of children and young adults who died suddenly in Mexico City revealed amyloid plaques similar to those found in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease.
Honduran migrant Vicky Chavez with her daughter Issabella on May 31, 2018 in the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, where she sought protection from deportation in late 2017. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

More Central American migrants take shelter in churches, recalling 1980s sanctuary movement

The number of migrants living in churches has spiked recently in anticipation of threatened immigration raids, but churches have long protected refugees in an act of faith-based civil disobedience.
When a group of white and African American integrationists entered a St. Augustine, Fla. segregated hotel pool in 1964, the hotel manager poured acid into it. AP Photo

The forgotten history of segregated swimming pools and amusement parks

Municipal swimming pools flourished in the 20th century. But too often, their success was based on the exclusion of African Americans.
Contact with nature reduces stress and aggression, one reason scholars say urban green space may reduce violence. Shutterstock

Can parks help cities fight crime?

Some parks reduce violence in the local vicinity. Other parks attract crime. The difference has to do with how these urban green spaces are designed, programmed and managed, experts say.
Drivers for the ride-hailing giant Uber are planning a national day of action to protest labour conditions. Dan Gold/Unsplash

Uber drivers strike: Organizing labour in the gig economy

Drivers for Uber, one of the most successful companies in the gig economy are set to strike by turning their apps off for one day this week as their company prepares for its IPO.
Los Angeles teachers are striking after contract negotiations failed in the nation’s second-largest school district. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

3 reasons to pay attention to the LA teacher strike

The teachers strike in Los Angeles is the first big one of 2019, but likely not the last. An education scholar says low teacher pay and inadequate public school funding will likely spur more strikes.
Use of IT in courts could help make justice more efficient. But would it be fair? Shutterstock

Predicting justice: what if algorithms entered the courthouse?

Big data and algorithmic applications could transform how our legal institutions work, but the digital revolution must keep the needs of judges, attorneys and especially citizens at its heart.
In Los Angeles, the architecture firm KTGY is repurposing shipping containers to build a transitional apartment complex for the homeless. KTGY

Architecture in 2018: Look to the streets, not the sky

Three innovative projects set to be completed this year are geared toward strengthening communities that have been left out of the economic recovery.
Flames and smoke shroud State Route 33 as a wildfire burns in Ventura, California, Dec. 5, 2017. Daniel Dreifuss via AP

Exposure to wildfire smoke: 5 questions answered

Intense wildfires in southern California are triggering air quality alerts. Health experts know surprisingly little about how inhaling smoke affects human health, especially over the long term.

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