A million species are at risk of extinction. Humans are to blame.

A million species are at risk of extinction. Humans are to blame.

It will likely take millions of years for the Earth to recover from the biodiversity crisis. A few years ago, a team of researchers in Europe wanted to figure out the answer to a simple question: How long would it take for evolution to replace all the mammal species that have gone extinct in the time humans have walked the earth? Some 300 mammal species have died off since the last ice age 130,000 years…

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Our antibiotics are becoming useless

Our antibiotics are becoming useless

By 2050, 10 million people could die each year from diseases that have grown resistant to drugs. “Common diseases are becoming untreatable.” That’s the blunt warning issued on page one of a major new United Nations report on drug resistance. If we don’t make a radical change now, the report says, drug-resistant diseases could kill 10 million people a year by 2050. Drug resistance is what happens when we overuse antibiotics in the treatment of…

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McConnell is using the Mueller report to blame Obama for Russian meddling

McConnell is using the Mueller report to blame Obama for Russian meddling

The height of shamelessness. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday celebrating the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference amounted to a stunning display of shamelessness. As part of Republicans’ broader effort to turn the page on the Mueller investigation as quickly as possible and portray Democrats who are unwilling to do as just out to get President Donald Trump, McConnell tried to shift blame onto…

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I study biracial identity in America. Here’s why the royal baby is a big deal.

I study biracial identity in America. Here’s why the royal baby is a big deal.

Biracial representation is sorely needed in a country with a fraught relationship with mixed-race people. The day has finally come and the hashtags have already switched over from #royalbabywatch to #royalbaby. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have officially welcomed not only the first British-American baby born into the royal family, but the first mixed-race baby in modern history for the royal family too. Similar to when former President Barack Obama was elected as the first…

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The rise of fear-based social media like Nextdoor, Citizen, and now Amazon’s Neighbors

The rise of fear-based social media like Nextdoor, Citizen, and now Amazon’s Neighbors

Why people are socializing more about crime even as it becomes rarer. Violent crime in the US is at its lowest rate in decades. But you wouldn’t know that from a crop of increasingly popular social media apps that are forming around crime. Apps like Nextdoor, Citizen, and Amazon Ring’s Neighbors — all of which allow users to view local crime in real time and discuss it with people nearby — are some of the…

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The 20 Democrats running for president and everything else you should know about 2020

The 20 Democrats running for president and everything else you should know about 2020

The biggest questions about the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, answered. The 2020 presidential campaign is well underway. Any Democrat with dreams of occupying the Oval Office can see Donald Trump is a vulnerable president who hasn’t broadened his appeal beyond his base. A lot of them are running for their party’s nomination next year. Former Vice President Joe Biden finally jumped in, establishing himself as an early if unproven frontrunner. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand,…

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