Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts.
'Walden,' published in 1854, is a manual for solitude with a purpose.
Seventy-eight percent of the people executed for witchcraft in New England in the late 17th and early 18th centuries were women.
Powerful men often proclaim baseless accusations to be a 'witch hunt.' But American witch trials have always targeted a persecuted minority: women.
Mourners in Dayton, Ohio on Aug. 4, 2019 after a mass shooting there killed at least nine people.
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More than 40 percent of U.S. adults have a gun in their household, making it hard to get guns off the streets – even if new gun restrictions are passed.
Black bear near military housing at Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida Panhandle, May 17, 2010.
Once hunted into corners of North America, black bears have expanded across the continent since the early 1900s. But bears that end up living near people aren't seeking close encounters.
Average Walmart workers make twice the federal minimum wage but may still qualify for public benefits.
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
Stressing out about potentially losing benefits can prolong financial instability. Solving this problem will help low-paid workers and everyone else.
Henry David Thoreau lived at 255 Main Street in Concord, Massachusetts from 1850 until his death in 1862.
Many people associate Henry David Thoreau with solitude in the outdoors. But Thoreau understood in the mid-1800s that there was no such thing as nature separate from humans.
Rally in support of raising the minimum wage in University City, Mo.
AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
As inequality in the US increases, the federal government is failing to address it. Can states pick up the slack?
Hull Peninsula and part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.
A few decades ago Boston Harbor was one of the nation's dirtiest water bodies. Now, healthier fish in the harbor underscore that a multibillion-dollar cleanup has succeeded.
Warning sign at a Cape Cod beach.
The return of white sharks to Cape Cod, Massachusetts was a tourism success story – until a shark killed a swimmer. Can the Cape's residents and visitors learn to share the ocean with these apex predators?
Offshore wind turbine near Scotland.
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Generating less electricity with fossil fuels could help save lives.
One in 7 women suffer depression around pregnancy.
Depression can have a profound impact on mothers and their children. But women often have no idea that they have depression – nor do their medical providers.
Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker signed a comprehensive energy law in 2016 that authorized the development of new offshore wind and hydroelectric projects.
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Several states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island, have developed ambitious renewable energy targets that hinge in large part on getting their power from turbines stationed in the water.
Exercise equipment in a yard outside the East Block for condemned prisoners at San Quentin State Prison in California.
Mass incarceration harms the health of prisoners, their families and the people who work in detention centers.
Discarded used hypodermic needles along the Merrimack River in Lowell, Massachusetts.
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HIV, STIs and other dangerous infections are feeding off of the opioid epidemic, creating an even more complicated threat to public health.
Students at an Atlanta elementary school prep for upcoming state standardized tests.
AP Photo/David Goldman
Standardized test scores drive many of our decisions about students, teachers and school districts. But research shows that the results are highly predictable, in a bad way.
Signatures were collected to put the death penalty on the 2016 Nebraska ballot.
AP Photo/Nati Harnik
Of the 34 state ballot initiatives seeking to limit or abolish the death penalty, 31 have failed. Is this democracy at its worst?
Michelle Carter after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
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When do words at an end-of-life decision constitute a crime? A law professor explains why lawmakers should act to clear up the gray area that remains.
So far, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has refused to endorse a candidate.
Neither Democratic candidate for president has gotten the endorsement of Massachusetts' junior senator. Here's a look at Elizabeth Warren's long game playbook.
Boston 2024 offered a historic opportunity for redevelopment in Boston.
Boston's bid to host the Olympics in 2024 suffered from misplaced priorities, yet it offered a rare opportunity for large-scale community development.
Can Governor Baker continue to thread the needle?
Charlie Baker is the new Governor of Massachusetts and, doggone it, he likes government. Though this notion is antithetical to most elite Republican office holders, Governor Baker is firmly in the blue…