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  • What Is a Hate Crime? Experts Say It Is Hard to Charge & Convict

    Bias-motivated attacks became a distinct crime in the 1980s. But police investigate only a fraction of the roughly 200,000 hate crimes reported each year – and even fewer ever make it to court.

  • How Effective Is the First Shot of the Pfizer or Moderna Vaccine?

  • St. Patrick’s Day: A Time to Toast … Your Liver

  • Billions of Cicadas May Be Coming Soon to Trees Near You

  • Daylight Saving Time Could Hit Even Harder This Year Because of COVID-19

  • 3 Medical Innovations Fueled by COVID-19 That Will Outlast the Pandemic

    The coronavirus pandemic has driven a lot of scientific progress in the past year. But just as some of the social changes are likely here to stay, so are some medical innovations.

  • Support for QAnon Is Hard to Measure – & Polls May Overestimate It

  • The Science Behind Keeping Frozen Wind Turbines Spinning in the Cold

  • 6 COVID-19 Treatments Helping Patients Survive

  • How Black Cartographers Put Racism on the Map of America

  • How Does the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Compare to Moderna & Pfizer?

    The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is different from the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in a few important ways that could make it a huge help to global vaccination efforts.

  • What’s Behind $15,000 Electricity Bills in Texas Amid Weather Crisis?

  • Long COVID: How Many People Get It & Who Is Most at Risk?

  • Power Outages: 4 Questions Answered About Weather-Driven Blackouts

  • NASA Perseverance Rover Seeks Evidence of Past Life on Mars

  • Valentine’s Day: This Trait Could be Key to a Lasting Romance

  • How the Affordable Care Act Can Keep People out of Prison

  • Trump Impeachment Trial: Research Shows Language Can Incite Violence

  • 4 Things About mRNA COVID Vaccines Researchers Still Want to Find Out

  • COVID-19 Variants, Viral Mutation & Vaccines: The Science You Need to Know

    The COVID-19 coronavirus is evolving and new strains are more transmissible. Will the vaccines work against these new variants?

  • Here’s How the COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy Is Working So Far in the United States

  • COVID-19 Is Derailing Other Important Scientific Research

  • Remote Learning Isn’t New: Radio Instruction in the 1937 Polio Epidemic

  • Why GameStop Shares Stopped Trading: 5 Questions Answered

  • TikTok Sea Shanty Trend: How COVID-19 Pandemic Life Mirrors Months at Sea

    Crews sang the songs to ease the fears, anxieties and loneliness of daily life on merchant ships. Now, TikTok has made sea shanty songs popular amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Why COVID-19 Won’t Kill Cities

  • Why Do Presidential Inaugurations Matter?

  • How to Stay Safe With a Fast-Spreading New Coronavirus Variant on the Loose

  • Black People Are 3 Times More Likely to Experience Pulse Oximeter Errors

  • Neighborhoods With MLK Streets Are Poorer & More Segregated: Study

    US cities began naming streets in Black neighborhoods for Martin Luther King Jr. after his 1968 assassination. Researchers studying these areas 50 years later found entrenched deprivation.