Some Bitcoin evangelists see the currency as an answer to problems that plague society.
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With mantras, a mysterious founder and promises of societal salvation, there are echoes of religious traditions in the cryptocurrency.
A family takes part in shiva, a traditional Jewish time of mourning, on Zoom.
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A scholar conducted over 70 hours of interviews with people involved in the medical and funerary professions to understand the impact of changes in death rituals during the pandemic.
Thousands of physicians throughout the U.S. rely daily on the critical data provided to them by medical labs.
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The health care system is hemorrhaging medical lab workers, in part because of COVID-19 infections and also because of burnout, low wages and better opportunities elsewhere.
Student loan borrowers save a collective of $7.1 billion per month thanks to the loan pause.
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Student loan forgiveness doesn’t benefit the economy the way some advocates believe it would, an economist argues.
Reducing household energy use can contribute to slowing climate change.
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How and where people spend their money and use energy can influence corporate behavior.
Fires burn off forest cover and natural grasses to create cattle pasture in the Maya forest in Guatemala.
More than 100 world leaders have pledged to end the destruction of forests by 2030 as a way to slow climate change. That will require changing how the world produces four widely used commodities.
Experts estimate that close to 90% of the U.S. population must be vaccinated to reach herd immunity for COVID-19.
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Vaccination campaigns like the ones that eventually eliminated polio and measles in the United States required decades of education and awareness in order to achieve herd immunity in the U.S. population.
Two women hold mock pro-life signs in what they call an ‘Abortrait room’ at the Satanic Temple’s headquarters to protest abortion laws.
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The Satanic Temple, a nontheistic group, is invoking the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to challenge Texas’ new anti-abortion law.
When people can’t afford what they want to eat, they have to make a lot of calculations at the supermarket.
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A scholar of nutrition opens up with a personal take on food insecurity in America.
Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C. is one of several colleges using federal money to clear their students’ debt.
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Colleges and universities are using federal money to clear their students’ debt. An economist explains who will benefit from this move.
Eating right can be an emotional issue, as well as a question of economics.
Detecting food insecurity requires more than assessing what’s in your refrigerator or measuring the distance between your home and the closest supermarket.
Already the Biden administration has forgiven nearly $3 billion of student loan debt from 113,000 borrowers.
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Student loan debt has long been considered a drag on the economy. But will canceling it actually do much to spur spending? An economist weighs in.
As coronavirus cases surge, unvaccinated people are accounting for nearly all hospitalizations and deaths.
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The US has split into “two Americas,” one of the unvaccinated and one of the vaccinated. The differences in deaths and hospitalizations between the two populations are striking.
A study found that 22.8% of college students had experienced at least four adverse childhood experiences.
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Multiple difficult childhood experiences can lead to depression and anxiety during college, research has found. Lack of support often makes things worse.
For years, the market was inundated with heavy IPAs. Now drinkers are starting to push back.
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Thanks to shifting tastes and improvements to the brewing process, more craft brewers are offering low-alcohol and nonalcoholic options – and are going toe to toe with America’s beer giants.
Child care insecurity can increase stress and anxiety and decrease quality of life.
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Child care insecurity has received much less attention than food insecurity, but it is similarly complex. And affordability is only one part of the problem.
Engineering lessons can be found in many books kids already have at home or their local library.
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Picture books and young adult biographies can introduce kids to design-based thinking and engineering habits like creativity and persistence.
Candida auris can cause serious infections among patients in hospitals and other group medical care settings.
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Prevention may be the best way to cope with the worldwide wave of treatment-resistant fungal pathogens.
A ‘100-year flood’ doesn’t mean you’ll be flood-free for the next 99 years.
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Flood plain statistics can be confusing. There are better ways to think about the risk of severe weather than 100-year storm or flood.
Summer schools need to address the emotional and academic needs of children.
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This year summer schools will have to figure out how to tend to the emotional and academic needs of students coming out of remote learning.