Scapegoating rap hits new low after July Fourth mass shooting

Flowers are laid near the scene of a mass shooting during a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Ill. Jim Vondruska/Getty Images When local police named 22-year-old Robert E. Crimo III as “a person of interest” in the July 4 mass shootings in an affluent Chicago suburb, several news outlets described him in headlines… Continue reading Scapegoating rap hits new low after July Fourth mass shooting

No, submitting junk data to period tracking apps won’t protect reproductive privacy

Social media is flush with advice urging non-menstruating people to use period tracking apps in order to trip up the apps’ algorithms. Westend61 via Getty Images Social media users posted ideas about how to protect people’s reproductive privacy when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, including entering “junk” data into apps designed for tracking… Continue reading No, submitting junk data to period tracking apps won’t protect reproductive privacy

From caravans to markets, the hajj pilgrimage has always included a commercial component

A view of the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque during the hajj pilgrimage in the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia on July 6, 2022. AP Photo/Amr Nabil In early June 2022, Saudi Arabia announced a hajj “lottery” for Western pilgrims that made it mandatory for people from Europe, the Americas and Australia… Continue reading From caravans to markets, the hajj pilgrimage has always included a commercial component

How hot is too hot for the human body? Our lab found heat + humidity gets dangerous faster than many people realize

Long-term exposure to high heat can become lethal. Mark Wilson/Getty Images Heat waves are becoming supercharged as the climate changes – lasting longer, becoming more frequent and getting just plain hotter. One question a lot of people are asking is: “When will it get too hot for normal daily activity as we know it, even… Continue reading How hot is too hot for the human body? Our lab found heat + humidity gets dangerous faster than many people realize

Abortion decision cherry-picks history – when the US Constitution was ratified, women had much more autonomy over abortion decisions than during 19th century

Ben Franklin, center, inserted an abortion recipe in a popular textbook he republished in 1748. GraphicaArtis/Getty Images Justice Samuel Alito appears spellbound by the 19th century. In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the decision Alito wrote overruling 50 years of constitutional protection for women’s right to get an abortion, he deploys arguments that are… Continue reading Abortion decision cherry-picks history – when the US Constitution was ratified, women had much more autonomy over abortion decisions than during 19th century

How much for an amputation or checkup? It takes a complex formula and a committee of doctors to set the price for every possible health care procedure

The price physicians charge for every surgery, checkup or other procedure has a precise formula behind it. Morsa Images/DigitalVision via Getty Images Modern medicine is remarkable. Conditions like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C were once virtual death sentences. Both can now be treated easily and effectively. But for Americans, the wonders of modern medicine come at… Continue reading How much for an amputation or checkup? It takes a complex formula and a committee of doctors to set the price for every possible health care procedure

Fred Gray, the ‘chief counsel for the protest movement,’ to get Medal of Freedom for his civil rights work

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., left, and attorney Fred Gray, whom King called ‘the brilliant young Negro who later became the chief counsel for the protest movement,’ at a political rally in Tuskegee, Alabama, April 29, 1966. AP Photo/Jack Thornell Over the past seven decades, longtime Alabama civil rights lawyer Fred Gray represented… Continue reading Fred Gray, the ‘chief counsel for the protest movement,’ to get Medal of Freedom for his civil rights work

A growing number of women give birth at Catholic hospitals, where they do not receive the same reproductive health options – including birth control – provided at other hospitals

Research shows that short spacing between childbirth and another pregnancy comes with heightened health risks. Aleksandr Kirillov/EyeEm via Getty Images Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion, access to birth control has taken on new urgency. By moving the decision about abortion access to states, the fall of… Continue reading A growing number of women give birth at Catholic hospitals, where they do not receive the same reproductive health options – including birth control – provided at other hospitals

Democrats aim to design a presidential nomination process that gives everyone a voice – and produces a winning candidate

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg prepare to caucus for him in a high school gym, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images For the past few election cycles, the quartet of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina has had a lock on the early spots in the Democratic Party’s… Continue reading Democrats aim to design a presidential nomination process that gives everyone a voice – and produces a winning candidate

Buying into conspiracy theories can be exciting – that’s what makes them dangerous

A protester holds a Q sign as he waits to enter a campaign rally with then-President Donald Trump in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., in August 2018. AP Photo/Matt Rourke Conspiracy theories have been around for centuries, from witch trials and antisemitic campaigns to beliefs that Freemasons were trying to topple European monarchies. In the mid-20th century, historian… Continue reading Buying into conspiracy theories can be exciting – that’s what makes them dangerous