The Supreme Court has curtailed EPA’s power to regulate carbon pollution – and sent a warning to other regulators

Smokestacks at the coal-fired Mountaineer power plant in New Haven, West Virginia. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images In a highly anticipated but not unexpected 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled on June 30, 2022, that the Obama adminstration’s Clean Power Plan exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority under the Clean Air Act. The ruling… Continue reading The Supreme Court has curtailed EPA’s power to regulate carbon pollution – and sent a warning to other regulators

Abortion benefits: Companies have a simple and legal way to help their workers living in anti-abortion states – expanding paid time off

As the last abortion clinic in Mississippi closes, workers in the state may get some support from their employers. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis Employers looking for ways to support their workers seeking abortions in states where it’s now illegal or soon will be don’t have it easy. From an employer’s standpoint, abortion is considered a… Continue reading Abortion benefits: Companies have a simple and legal way to help their workers living in anti-abortion states – expanding paid time off

Supreme Court’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ ruling puts immigration policy in the hands of voters – as long as elected presidents follow the rules

A migrant from Haiti waits with others at a clinic for migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. AP Photo/Gregory Bull In the very last decision of its latest term, the Supreme Court released a major ruling that not only clears a barrier to ending a signature policy of the Trump administration but also signals that the future… Continue reading Supreme Court’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ ruling puts immigration policy in the hands of voters – as long as elected presidents follow the rules

Viruses can change your scent to make you more attractive to mosquitoes, new research in mice finds

Mosquito-borne diseases are estimated to cause over 1 million deaths a year. mrs/Moment via Getty Images Mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest animal. Over 1 million deaths per year are attributed to mosquito-borne diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, Zika and chikungunya fever. How mosquitoes seek out and feed on their hosts are important factors… Continue reading Viruses can change your scent to make you more attractive to mosquitoes, new research in mice finds

Winning the Tour de France requires subtle physics, young muscles and an obscene amount of calories – 3 essential reads

Last year’s Tour de France winner was Tadej Pogacar, in the yellow jersey here – his second consecutive Tour title. SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The 2022 Tour de France is here. Starting in Copenhagen on July 1, the tour covers almost 2,100 miles (3,380 kilometers) over 24 days of riding through Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland… Continue reading Winning the Tour de France requires subtle physics, young muscles and an obscene amount of calories – 3 essential reads

When does the fetus acquire a moral status of a human being? The philosophy of ‘gradualism’ can provide answers

A patient seeking abortion services at the Women’s Reproductive Clinic in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. Robyn Beck /AFP via Getty Images I lost my twins in the second trimester of my first pregnancy. One fetus died around 14 weeks, and a month later I went into preterm labor – likely caused by the death of… Continue reading When does the fetus acquire a moral status of a human being? The philosophy of ‘gradualism’ can provide answers

Kremlin tightens control over Russians’ online lives – threatening domestic freedoms and the global internet

Russia has pioneered the concept of digital sovereignty and used it to severely restrict Russians’ access to the internet. NurPhoto via Getty Images Since the start of Russia’s war on Ukraine in late February 2022, Russian internet users have experienced what has been dubbed the descent of a “digital iron curtain.” Russian authorities blocked access… Continue reading Kremlin tightens control over Russians’ online lives – threatening domestic freedoms and the global internet

Let’s spare a few words for ‘Silent Cal’ Coolidge on July 4, his 150th birthday

President Calvin Coolidge stands with members of a nonprofit group called the Daughters of 1812. Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images A woman sitting next to President Calvin Coolidge at a dinner party once told him she had made a bet that she could get him to say more than two words. “You lose,” replied… Continue reading Let’s spare a few words for ‘Silent Cal’ Coolidge on July 4, his 150th birthday

WNBA star Brittney Griner’s release still uncertain as her trial begins in a Russian court

Brittney Griner appears at a hearing at the Khimki Court outside Moscow on June 27, 2022. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images Although a Russian court ruled that WNBA star Brittney Griner’s detention may be extended for six more months, her trial on alleged drug charges begins on July 1, 2022, and gives her supporters a… Continue reading WNBA star Brittney Griner’s release still uncertain as her trial begins in a Russian court

Putin’s propaganda is rooted in Russian history – and that’s why it works

Russia’s war against Ukraine is pressing into its fifth month – despite several rounds of failed peace talks, and Western countries’ issuing severe economic sanctions against Russia. The war isn’t happening just on Ukrainian soil. President Vladimir Putin’s propaganda is propelling the Ukraine war through Russia media, while continuing to intensify tensions with the West.… Continue reading Putin’s propaganda is rooted in Russian history – and that’s why it works