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Mystery monoliths: why conspiracists are ‘meh’ about the phenomenon — and how you can start a better conspiracy

It’s no surprise the unexplained structures have the internet buzzing. But they haven’t entered the ranks of other great conspiracy material — and history helps explain why they probably won’t.

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Nonprofit Hospital Almost Never Gave Discounts to Poor Patients During Collections, Documents Show

by Wendi C. Thomas, MLK50: Justice Through Journalism

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Children’s climate change case at the European Court of Human Rights: what’s at stake?

Six Portuguese youngsters say 33 countries have violated their human rights by causing climate change.

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Basking sharks travel in extended families with their own ‘gourmet maps’ of feeding spots, genetic tagging reveals

The latest research reveals basking sharks are not lone predators but rather family-minded creatures with a fancy for fine dining with their own folk.

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A Coal Company Owned by This Billionaire Governor Has Pledged to Stop Breaking Pollution Laws

by Ken Ward Jr.

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Christmas markets: their long history and changing future

Christmas markets are big business in UK cities – but not this year.

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Brexit is an opportunity to stop Britons smoking

Leaving the EU presents a chance to adopt better regulation and more tax on tobacco.

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UK plans to slash carbon emissions 68% by 2030 – how banking, building and borrowing can help

Slashing carbon emissions by 68% by 2030 will depend on using the UK’s infrastructure strategy effectively.

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Can countries end overfishing and plastic pollution in just 10 years?

An international agreement has set an ambitious deadline for action on some of the biggest problems facing the world’s oceans.

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Why Biden will find it hard to undo Trump’s costly ‘America first’ trade policy

President-elect Biden hopes to restore America’s global leadership on issues like trade, but populists in both parties may make his job a lot harder.

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I’m an astronomer and I think aliens may be out there – but UFO sightings aren’t persuasive

Scientists are not convinced by the current evidence of UFOs. That doesn’t mean that they don’t exist. But have Americans’ belief in UFOs gone from science to a new religion?

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How do archaeologists know where to dig?

Archaeologists used to dig primarily at sites that were easy to find thanks to obvious visual clues. But technology – and listening to local people – plays a much bigger role now.

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Intimate partner violence has increased during pandemic, emerging evidence suggests

Calls for help to domestic violence shelters have risen during the pandemic, as risk factors for the escalation of violence have gone up. It may be time to implement new strategies to help.

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New DIY contact tracing app expands the fight against COVID-19, using the science of memory

With new US COVID-19 cases near 200,000 a day, contact tracers are overwhelmed. Here’s how infected people can start tracing and notifying contacts themselves.

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How Hanukkah came to be an annual White House celebration

For much of American history, the only December holiday to be recognized in the White House was Christmas, but menorah lightings are now an annual tradition.

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Wisconsin’s not so white anymore – and in some rapidly diversifying cities like Kenosha there’s fear and unrest

New research on Wisconsin’s changing demographics suggests that racial integration and political polarization were a combustible combination in Kenosha, where violence erupted in August.

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As the pandemic rages, the US could use a little bit more ‘samfundssind’

The word, which roughly translates to considering the needs of society above your own, has become a buzzword in Denmark.

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How COVID-19 vaccines will get from the factory to your local pharmacy

A pharmaceutical supply chain expert explains the challenges of distributing the COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna that need to be kept at very low temperatures.

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Humans have used drugs with sex for millennia – the reasons are much broader than you think

It’s limiting to think about about sexual enhancement in purely negative, physical terms.

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The NYPD Said the Killing of Kawaski Trawick “Appears to Be Justified.” Video Shows Officers Escalated the Situation.

by Lucas Waldron and Eric Umansky

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