Bookmarks (137)

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    In Mexico, Rebellion Seeds Revival of a Forest — and a Community

    In 2011, the women of Cherán, Mexico fought against illegal logging and corruption, and won. Today,...

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    Podcast: In Lagos, Vulnerable Communities Buried by Urbanization

    This month: Urbanization in Lagos, Nigeria, is moving at a rapid clip — burying mangrove forests...

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    Book Review: Demystifying the Idea of Consciousness

    In “Feeling & Knowing: Making Minds Conscious,” neuroscientist Antonio Damasio explores the mystery of consciousness and...

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    Gravel or Green: What Will Become of Alaska’s Coastal Plain?

    The ghosts of abandoned oil wells and pipelines threaten to haunt Alaska’s wildlife long after the...

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    Stress in Utero: Covid Chaos and Babies' Future Health

    Research going back decades shows that in-utero stress of the type U.S. parents are experiencing during...

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    How Texas' Abortion Law Is Impacting Patients and Providers

    On Sept. 1, a new Texas law made it illegal to perform abortions once the embryo...

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    In the Russian Arctic, One of the Most Polluted Places on Earth

    Originally built as a resource colony by prisoners in the Soviet Gulag, the town of Norilsk...

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    Why Cheap At-Home Covid Tests Are Hard to Find

    The U.S. produced Covid-19 vaccines in record time, but, nearly two years into the pandemic, consumers...

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    It’s Time to Rethink the 12-hour Nursing Shift

    With the nursing profession suffering through a worker shortage and tremendous burnout, now seems like a...

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    Scientists Square Off Over Covid, Wuhan, and Peter Daszak

    Since forming in late 2020, the Paris group has been working to influence the WHO’s investigation...

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    Why the U.S. Hasn’t Stopped Syphilis From Killing Babies

    When pregnant mothers who have syphilis go untreated, there is a 40 percent chance their babies...

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    The Deep Toll of Tar Sands On Canada's Indigenous People

    Alberta’s tar sands — also called oil sands — have helped make Canada the world’s fourth-largest...

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    Covid Resurgence in Europe Brings New Records — and Restrictions

    Covid-19 cases continued to climb across Europe this week, prompting fresh public health restrictions in some...

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    Book Review: How Vermin Helped Shape the Modern World

    Part history of public health and natural science and part sociological study, Lisa T. Sarasohn’s “Getting...

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    Profound Climate Change May Be Inevitable, but Society Can Go On

    Proponents of “Deep Adaptation” posit that only after we accept the inevitability of climate catastrophe can...

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    In Afghanistan, Droughts Drive Child Marriages

    Temperatures in Afghanistan have risen by roughly double the global average, speeding evaporation and causing extended...

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    U.S. Schools Take on a Bigger Role in Student Mental Health

    Schools across the U.S. are using portions of their federal Covid relief money to quickly expand...

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    Among Social Scientists, a Vigorous Debate Over Loss Aversion

    In a nutshell, loss aversion holds that when people make decisions, the impact of losing something...

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    Following CDC Green Light, Kids Start Getting Vaccinated

    Children across the United States received their first Covid-19 vaccine doses this week, days after the...

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    From Cows to Covid: The Spooky Origins of Vaccines

    Vaccination arose in the 18th century during a frenzied period of trial and error, in which...

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    It’s Time We Stop Listening to Economists on Climate Change

    At their core, economists’ models of climate change attempt to do something that the discipline is...

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    Facebook's Climate Misinformation Problem Is Getting Bigger

    A report released last week by the Real Facebook Oversight Board, an independent watchdog group, found...

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    Despite a Surge in Funding, Public Health's Brain Drain Persists

    In California, public health nurses, microbiologists, epidemiologists, and health officers who fend off infectious diseases like...

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    In Colorado, Locals Question a Critical-Mineral Survey

    A USGS program called Earth MRI aims to identify U.S. geological formations across the country that...

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    At Glasgow Summit, Advocates Plead for Urgent Climate Action

    World leaders gathered in Glasgow, Scotland this week to respond to some grim scientific projections: The...

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    Interview: Katharine Hayhoe on How to Talk About Climate Change

    A leading expert on global warming discusses how honest, one-on-one conversations can make a difference in...

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    ICE Is Leaving Detainees at the Mercy of Covid-19. It’s Inhumane.

    An immigrant detention center in rural Georgia has become a hotspot for Covid-19. Yet, against the...

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    The Lure of Emotionally-Complex Video Games

    Many video game players now crave experiences that elicit not just happiness and excitement, but also...

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    Past International Climate Talks Have Proved Ineffective. Why?

    Emissions and temperatures have continued to increase, even as their impacts and global efforts to rein...

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    Advocates Challenge the CDC's New Effort to Track HIV Spread

    Public health officials say a new initiative makes it possible to detect and halt HIV outbreaks...

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    Sparring Over Fauci Turns to Puppies

    Right-wing backlash against National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases head Anthony Fauci intensified this week...

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    Book Excerpt: Sounding the First Alarm on Covid-19

    Shanghai scientist Zhang Yongzhen faced an agonizing decision after his team mapped the genome of a...

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    Why I Still Believe Covid-19 Could Not Have Originated in a Lab

    From an evolutionary viewpoint, argues Wendy Orent, there is something fundamentally wrong with all lab-leak arguments....

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    Women's Professional STEM Societies Rethink Gender Diversity

    This past summer, the Association for Women in Psychology’s newsletter ran opposing editorials. The central question:...

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    New Mexico's Chile Pepper Farmers Feel the Heat of Climate Change

    Chile peppers, which are native to South America, were introduced to what is now New Mexico...

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    For Forest Fires Grown Wilder, an Alternative: The 'Good Fire'

    Prescribed fire helps protect forests by giving trees like Ponderosas a healthy pruning that allows them...

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    More Covid Boosters Authorized as Much of World Awaits First Dose

    On Wednesday, the FDA amended its emergency use authorization to allow certain populations to receive booster...

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    Book Review: Steven Pinker on the Power of the Rational Mind

    In “Rationality,” Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker walks readers through the virtues of rational thinking — from...

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    What LeBron James Gets Wrong About Vaccine Activism

    When the NBA star said he would not use his platform to promote Covid-19 vaccination, he...

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    Western Australia Blocked Out Covid. Now What?

    Even if 80 percent of West Australians were fully vaccinated, modeling suggests hundreds of thousands will...

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    Pulling Funding for Fossil Fuel Projects in Africa Is Unjust

    Wealthy countries are increasingly vowing to cease public funding for nearly all fossil fuel projects in...

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    Can AI's Voracious Appetite Be Tamed?

    By processing massive datasets, machine learning reveals patterns in data. But some computer scientists are asking...

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    As Pandemic Continues, Race for Covid-19 Therapeutics Heats Up

    On Monday, the drugmaker Merck and a partner, Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, announced they were seeking emergency authorization...

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    Book Review: How Our Planet Grew So Warm

    In “Our Biggest Experiment,” Alice Bell traces the evolution of climate change and the scientific discoveries...

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    Facing Rising Violence, Hospital Workers Speak Out

    Workplace violence has always been a problem for hospitals. But as the Covid-19 pandemic marches on,...

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    In an Electrical Grid Based on Renewables, Consumers Are Key

    A massive deployment of renewable power is coming, but the U.S. electric grid will need a...

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    When Doctors Are Also Pharmacists

    Advocates for allowing doctors to dispense drugs directly to patients argue that it is both more...

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    First-Ever Approval for Malaria Vaccine

    On Wednesday, the World Health Organization recommended that children in areas with moderate to high transmission...

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    Book Review: The 'Mystery' Illnesses Informed by Culture

    In “The Sleeping Beauties,” neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan explores the world of unexplained comas and other mysterious...

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    The Subtle Virtues of Routine Doctor’s Visits

    Increasingly, medical professionals are advising patients not to bother with annual physicals and checkups. But a...