Air pollution harms the brain and mental health, too

People who breathe polluted air experience changes within the brain regions that control emotions, and as a result, they may be more likely to develop anxiety and depression

Where’s Putin? Leader leaves bad news on Ukraine to others

When Russia’s top military brass announced in a televised appearance that they were pulling troops out of the key city of Kherson in southern Ukraine, one man missing

Why Pope Francis chose to highlight religious freedom during his visit to Kazakhstan

Pope Francis spent three days in Kazakhstan, starting Sept. 13, 2022, to attend the Seventh Congress of World and Traditional Religions. The pope met with religious leaders, called

6 ways to keep kids’ school skills sharp over the summer

Over the summer, students typically lose the equivalent of about a month’s worth of learning, mostly in the areas of math facts and spelling. Research has also found

James Webb Space Telescope: An astronomer explains the stunning, newly released first images

The James Webb Space Telescope team has released the first science-quality images from the new telescope. In them are the oldest galaxies ever seen by human eyes, evidence

Pandemic’s impacts on how people live and work may change city centers for decades to come

If companies allowed more of their employees to permanently work from home, businesses would gravitate toward city centers, while people would primarily live in the periphery, resulting in

Millennial Money: 4 items for your midyear money checklist

A lot can happen in six months. That’s why, as we close out the first half of the year, it makes sense to check in on your financial

At last, COVID-19 shots for little kids – 5 essential reads

For many parents of kids under age 5, a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine could not come soon enough. A full year and a half after shots first

Worry about stagflation, a flashback to ‘70s, begins to grow

Stagflation. It was the dreaded “S word” of the 1970s. For Americans of a certain age, it conjures memories of painfully long lines at gas stations, shuttered

History suggests US won’t be able to prevent a recession

With inflation surging to a new 40-year high and continuing to accelerate, the Fed is expected to lift interest rates by a half-percentage point at the end of

How is Trans-Dniester related to war in Ukraine?

Among the sites of the former Soviet Union’s “frozen conflicts,” a long and narrow strip of land in Moldova has been the most stable for three decades. Trans-Dniester

Local governments attractive targets for hackers

Local governments in the U.S., like schools and hospitals, are particularly enticing “soft targets” – organizations that lack the resources to defend themselves against routine cyberattacks, let alone

Calling Asians ‘robotic’ is a racist stereotype with troubled history

When U.S. figure skater Nathan Chen won the gold medal in men’s figure skating at the 2022 Winter Olympics, a Washington Post article attributed his win to a

Zelenskyy, Biden show different styles, missions

U.S. President Joe Biden and Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy are men of different generations, countries and styles — and with very different missions. Zelenskyy is fighting to save

Kyiv has faced adversity before – and a stronger identity grew in response

This is not the first time residents of Kyiv have fought to defend the city from an encroaching, larger army. On Jan. 30, 1918, a force made

Gas price hikes fueling electric vehicle conspiracy theories

Some social media users suggest that soaring fuel prices in the U.S. aren’t the result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, increased consumption or supply chain issues as

Meet Russia’s oligarchs – who won’t be toppling Putin anytime soon

U.S. President Joe Biden and other world leaders are setting their sights on Russia's oligarchs as they seek new ways to punish Vladimir Putin – and those who have

Battles over book  bans reflect conflicts from the 1980s

A conservative leader found fault with how “respect for our nation’s heritage” had been mostly stripped from the textbooks of public schools. “From kindergarten right through the

Ukraine war tests growing China-Russia partnership

Three weeks ago, the leaders of China and Russia declared that the friendship between their countries “has no limits” as they met in Beijing on the eve of

In Russia’s Ukraine plans, how much does the mud matter?

The Russian expression “tanks don’t fear mud” is common enough that it’s been the title of a short-lived Russian television series and can be found stenciled on car

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