Biden bets a million barrels a day will drive down soaring gas prices – what you need to know about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Several sites, such as this one near Freeport, Texas, store the hundreds of million of barrels in the United States’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Department of Energy via AP The Biden administration on March 31, 2022, said it plans to release an unprecedented 180 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve to combat… Continue reading Biden bets a million barrels a day will drive down soaring gas prices – what you need to know about the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

The Human Genome Project pieced together only 92% of the DNA – now scientists have finally filled in the remaining 8%

Over half of the human genome contains repetitive DNA sequences whose functions are still not fully understood. Malte Mueller/fStop via Getty Images When the Human Genome Project announced that they had completed the first human genome in 2003, it was a momentous accomplishment – for the first time, the DNA blueprint of human life was… Continue reading The Human Genome Project pieced together only 92% of the DNA – now scientists have finally filled in the remaining 8%

Transgender people of color face unique challenges as gender discrimination and racism intersect

Transgender people of color face more than their share of discrimination and violence. We Are/DigitalVision via Getty Images Throughout history, transgender people of color have had a place of honor in many indigenous cultures around the world. This changed in many places, however, as European colonizers began forcing indigenous people to follow white social norms.… Continue reading Transgender people of color face unique challenges as gender discrimination and racism intersect

William Tecumseh Sherman knew the enduring cruelty of war

Gen. William T. Sherman on horseback at fortifications near Atlanta in 1864. George N. Barnard via Library of Congress It is doubtful the tragic devastation of the Russia-Ukraine War would surprise William Sherman were he alive today. The iconic U.S. Army soldier was a student of war at home and abroad. Sherman, who lived from… Continue reading William Tecumseh Sherman knew the enduring cruelty of war

Sri Lanka teeters on economic edge, from pandemic-fueled financial crisis and Ukraine war spillovers

Fuel has been hard to come by in lately. AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena An unprecedented economic crisis is unfolding in Sri Lanka. And while the country’s problems have been brewing for years, spillovers from the crisis in Ukraine have sent the island nation over the edge. The Sri Lankan rupee has plunged to a record low… Continue reading Sri Lanka teeters on economic edge, from pandemic-fueled financial crisis and Ukraine war spillovers

Older Americans are given the wrong idea about online safety – here’s how to help them help themselves

Telling elders scary stories about online scammers is not the best way to keep them safe. Olga Gavrilenko/EyeEm via Getty Images Recently, the U.S. Social Security Administration sent out an email to subscribers of its official blog explaining how to access social security statements online. Most people know to be suspicious of seemingly official emails… Continue reading Older Americans are given the wrong idea about online safety – here’s how to help them help themselves

COVID-19 vaccines for the youngest children may be inching closer to authorization – a pediatrician explains how they’re being tested

Millions of U.S. children ages 5-11 have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images For some parents of young children, the wait for COVID-19 vaccines has been long and agonizing. Throughout 2021, vaccines against COVID-19 emerged as the most effective way to prevent severe forms… Continue reading COVID-19 vaccines for the youngest children may be inching closer to authorization – a pediatrician explains how they’re being tested

Black college presidents had a tough balancing act during the civil rights era

Some Black college presidents stood at the forefront of the civil rights movement. Afro American Newspapers/Gado/Getty Images Historians have documented again and again how college students contributed to the civil rights movement. Less attention has been paid to the role college presidents played in the fight for equality. Here, Eddie R. Cole, author of the… Continue reading Black college presidents had a tough balancing act during the civil rights era

How does the COVID-19 prevention drug Evusheld work and who should receive it? An infectious disease specialist explains

While many immunocompromised and high-risk patients may benefit from AstraZeneca’s Evusheld, drug distribution and access have been uneven. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization to AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 antibody drug Evusheld on Dec. 8, 2021. Infectious disease physician Patrick Jackson of the University of Virginia explains how it… Continue reading How does the COVID-19 prevention drug Evusheld work and who should receive it? An infectious disease specialist explains