Full story - September 25, 2020
An illustration of a syringe, and inside it an hourglass keeping time
Several vaccines are in Phase 3 trials. So at what point will we be certain that one or more can provide protection against the coronavirus?
Full story - September 24, 2020
A silhouette of protest signs outside the US Capitol
The Supreme Court doesn't have to be so polarized. Many European countries make judicial appointments in a term-limited, intentionally depoliticized way to promote consensus.
Full story - September 19, 2020
A colored map of a forming hurricane.
This has only happened twice since naming conventions began in 1950, and there's also an unusual twist with the location of where many storms are forming this year.
Full story - September 17, 2020
Black and white photo of prisoners at Buchenwald.
The Never Again Education Act is meant to make Holocaust education more prominent in America's schools. A scholar of Holocaust studies explains five reasons why that's necessary.
Full story - September 16, 2020
Asian American voters leave a Temple City, California, polling place in 2012, in the state’s first legislative district that is majority Asian American.        
Asian Americans were engaged in an electoral realignment long before Kamala Harris was added to the 2020 Democratic ticket.
Full story - September 09, 2020
Carvings of an early society in Iraq.
Beer was extremely popular in ancient Mesopotamia. Sipped through straws, it differed from today’s beer and was enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
Full story - September 09, 2020
Standing wooden crosses.
Few white evangelicals in the US say they believe in human-made climate change. This strand of science denial seems to have as much to do with conservative politics as the Bible's teachings.
Full story - September 04, 2020
An immunization being administered by syringe.
A team of experts argues that after taking care of essential workers, COVID-19 vaccinations should be given to the greatest transmitters of the virus, who are mostly the young.
Full story - September 02, 2020
Kamala Harris standing in front of American flags
While the debates about Kamala Harris’ multiracial identity may seem new, they echo the commentary and confusion faced by other high-profile mixed-race people in the US such as Tiger Woods.
Full story - August 31, 2020
A fountain pen underlining key words in text.
From 'islands of pain' to the 'peril of exposure,' writers have captured the fear, emptiness and despair that characterize life during the current pandemic, writes a poet and English scholar.