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How to destroy a ‘forever chemical’ – scientists are discovering ways to eliminate PFAS, but this growing global health problem isn’t going away soon

How long do we really need chemicals to last? Sura Nualpradid/EyeEm via Getty Images PFAS chemicals seemed like a good idea at first. As Teflon, they made pots easier to clean starting in the 1940s. They made jackets waterproof and carpets stain-resistant. Food wrappers, firefighting foam, even makeup seemed better with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. […]
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Will the Inflation Reduction Act actually reduce inflation? How will the corporate minimum tax work? An economist has answers

Don't expect the Inflation Reduction Act to bring down prices all that much. AP Photo/David Zalubowski The U.S. is about to spend US$490 billion over 10 years on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving health care and reducing the federal deficit. Where’s all that money coming from? We asked University of Michigan economist Nirupama Rao to […]
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How gay rodeos upend assumptions about life in rural America

The misguided assumption that rural America is hopelessly backward and bigoted erases centuries of same-sex relationships in rural communities. It tells young queer people that they must flee their rural hometowns to far-flung cities in order to find safety and acceptance. That’s why we see so much value in the work of photographer Luke Gilford. […]
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Poland’s warm welcome to about 2 million Ukrainian refugees draws global praise, but it might not be sustainable

Polish volunteers give Ukrainian refugees food in May 2022. NurPhoto/Getty Images As Russia’s attack on Ukraine neared its six-month mark on Aug. 24, 2022, The Conversation asked Patrice McMahon to share her observations about how Poland is responding to the arrival of around 2 million Ukrainian refugees. McMahon, a political scientist at the University of […]
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Why letting Medicare negotiate drug prices won’t be the game-changer for health care Democrats hope it will be

Democrats hope their new health care, tax and climate law begins to rein in soaring prescription drug prices. One of its most touted provisions allows Medicare, America’s health insurance program for seniors, to negotiate some prescription drug prices for the first time, with some calling it “game-changing” and a significant victory over the pharmaceutical industry. […]
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Liz Cheney trounced: ‘Black sheep effect’ and GOP partisan identity explain her decisive defeat after criticizing Trump

Rep. Liz Cheney at a primary Election Day gathering at Mead Ranch in Jackson, Wyo. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong Republican Liz Cheney, a three-term member of Congress and the GOP’s leading – and lonely – critic of Donald Trump, lost her re-election bid on Aug. 16, 2022, to a Trump-supported primary challenger, Harriet Hageman. Cheney […]
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What is a fatwa? A religious studies professor explains

People gather at a vigil pray and observe a moment of silence after an attack on author Salman Rushdie on Aug. 12, 2022, in Chautauqua, New York. AP Photo/Joshua Goodman When news broke on August 12, 2022, that the writer Salman Rushdie had been attacked, many people immediately recalled the fatwa, or edict, calling on […]
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