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Why gun control feels out of reach — and why there’s still hope

A gun control expert on mass shootings, the progress gun control advocates have made, and why the NRA no longer defines gun culture in the US.

The long, long, twisty affair between the US military and Hollywood

For the Pentagon, films like Top Gun: Maverick are more than just a movie.

In Appalachia, a race to preserve the practice of plant healing

Even as ginseng, St. John’s wort, and other herbs grow in popularity, the region is struggling to keep its age-old practice of herbalism alive for a new generation.

How bad could the monkeypox outbreak get?

Health experts are optimistic monkeypox can be contained. Here’s why, and where it could go wrong.

Countries are limiting food exports. It may make global hunger worse.

Trade is vital to mitigating the global food crisis.

America’s unique, enduring gun problem, explained

The factors that lead to tragedies like Uvalde are deeply ingrained in US politics, culture, and law.

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No, the gun control debate was not “over” after Sandy Hook

Australia confiscated 650,000 guns. Murders and suicides plummeted.

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The Most Dangerous Branch: A well-regulated militia

With six conservative judges on the bench this term, the Supreme Court could rule in favor of the most sweeping gun rights laws yet.

The complicated tension of telling the truth at Cannes

How the internet gets people to plagiarize each other

Is it still ethical to collect butterflies for science?

The eel-shaped parasite that threatens a $7 billion economy in the Great Lakes

Quantum computers could change the world — provided they can work

What we know so far about monkeypox

The Supreme Court just condemned a man to die despite strong evidence he’s innocent

Why Biden’s off-the-cuff comment about defending Taiwan matters

An oil industry consultant explains why she’s had enough

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The profound impact of giving American families a little more cash

Six months of payments lifted millions of children out of poverty. Then they stopped.

The progressive push to oust the last anti-abortion House Democrat, explained

Stronger public health systems and uniform messaging are critical to fight Covid-19

Why Trump is struggling to take down Georgia’s Brian Kemp

The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, explained

Is the center shrinking in the Democratic primaries?

The problem of global energy inequity, explained by American refrigerators

Title 42, the controversial Trump-era border policy, explained

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