Full story - February 27, 2020
A photo of papers
The US Census Bureau is hoping that most people who live in the US will use the internet to answer census questions, rather than filling out a paper form or providing those answers to a census taker in person, at their home. But collecting data online carries some significant risks that are new to the census and may undermine the accuracy of the count and the public’s trust in the process.
Full story - February 26, 2020
Edward Jenner, vaccinating his young child, held by Mrs. Jenner; a maid rolls up her sleeve, a man stands outside holding a cow. Coloured engraving by C. Manigaud after E Hamman.
Social media has undoubtedly changed the way information about vaccination is engaged with. But the media-driven nature of the debate isn’t actually that new. When vaccination began at the end of the 18th century, it quickly became fodder for commentators.
Full story - February 24, 2020
US President Donald Trump walks out from the the White House in Washington before his departure to India, Feb. 23, 2020.
Earlier this year, as 300 days passed without a formal briefing, a bipartisan group of past administration press secretaries called for restoration of the daily briefings.
Full story - February 10, 2020
A close up of a jingle dress
The Ojibwe, one of the largest Indigenous groups in North America, are revitalizing a coming-of-age ritual for girls that signifies the power of womanhood.
Full story - February 03, 2020
A black and white image of girls walking down a ships gangway
The Trump administration resurrected the “the public charge” clause as a way to limit legal immigration without changing the immigration laws. As someone who has studied European Jews’ attempts to escape Nazi persecution and immigrate to the US, the administration’s evocation of the public charge clause is chilling.
Full story - January 29, 2020
Workers make protective suits at a factory, as the country is hit by an epidemic of the new coronavirus, in Chaohu, Anhui province, China.
Work has begun at multiple organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, to develop a vaccine for this new strain of coronavirus, known among scientists as 2019-nCoV.
Full story - January 28, 2020
Greta Thunberg sits at the World Economic Forum.
Many experts want political and business leaders to see climate change as a large risk, but why don't they?
Full story - January 27, 2020
A glacier in Half Moon Bay, Antarctica, Feb. 18, 2018.
Early explorers were drawn there by the mythology of Terra Australis, a vast southern continent that scholars imagined for centuries as a counterweight to the Northern Hemisphere. Others sought economic bounty from hunting whales and seals, or the glory of conquering the planet’s last wilderness. Still others wanted to understand Earth’s magnetic fields in order to better navigate the seas.
Full story - January 17, 2020
A man speaks from a podium in front of an audience. He is flanked by Russian flags and screens
On Jan. 15, Putin gave his annual state of the nation address and unveiled “serious changes to the political system.” In response to proposed constitutional amendments, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his government resigned. But this move should not be seen as protest, argues Russia scholar Regina Smyth.
Full story - January 10, 2020
To understand the effects of a big die-off, researchers set up experiments with wild boar carcasses.
Unfortunately, animal die-offs of massive proportions are becoming more frequent. Global change — which includes human-caused changes in climate, land use, fire regimes and other things — may largely be to blame for the increased frequency and intensity of mass mortality events across all kinds of animals.