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How do you spot a witch? This notorious 15th-century book gave instructions – and helped execute thousands of women

The ‘Malleus Maleficarum,’ a medieval handbook, was used to try and execute supposed witches. Its influence lasted for centuries – including at the Salem Witch Trials. Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images Melissa Chim, General Theological Seminary Books have always had the power to cast a spell over their readers – figuratively. But one […]

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CDPH Warns Consumers about Risks of Wearing Decorative Contact Lenses

SACRAMENTO – California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás J. Aragón today warned consumers about the risks associated with wearing decorative contact lenses. “Advertised as color, cosmetic, fashion and theatrical contact lenses, decorative contact lenses are especially popular around Halloween,” said Dr. Aragón. “Wearing any kind of contact lens, including […]

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Spooky Science: Thirteen Fearful Field Sites, Creepy Creatures and Terrifying Topics

October 27, 2021 – USGS researchers frequently brave potentially haunted field sites and study spooky-looking creatures. Here’s a list of 13, right in time for Halloween. Equipped with maps, water and sunscreen, Kate Scharer was studying the active Simi-Santa Rosa Fault just outside of Los Angeles this past summer. While looking for the best place to park the field truck for the day, she opened her phone to […]

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New original planetarium show, Living Worlds, opens November 5 at the California Academy of Sciences

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Premiering November 5, 2021, the California Academy of Sciences’ newest original, all-digital planetarium show, Living Worlds, takes viewers on a revealing exploration of the ways life has transformed Earth’s surface and atmosphere over billions of years, and invites audiences to journey through the cosmos in search of life in our Solar […]

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Books: Hot Air: Climate denial and scientific discoveries ’emerged simultaneously’

Denial of climate science emerged simultaneously with key scientific discoveries about humanity’s impact on our planet, according to a new book. Professor Peter Stott – author ofHot Air: The Inside Story of the Battle Against Climate Change Denial – began 25 years ago in the then-obscure field of the detection and attribution of climate change. As […]

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Study finds Airbnb units expand market but reduce long-term rentals, including affordable housing

Marketplaces for short-term accommodations have emerged as a way for landlords to promote their properties to short-term renters. This can lead some landlords to switch from long-term rentals and affect the supply and affordability of rental housing. Despite recent government regulations to address this concern, it is unclear how many and what types of properties […]

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New book explains how “retributive justice,” the high-profile sanctioning of some in society, helps authoritarians solidify public support

October 13, 2021 – By some lights, it seems curious how authoritarian leaders can sustain their public support while limiting liberties for citizens. Yes, it can be hard to overthrow an entrenched leader; that does not mean people have to like their ruling autocrats. And yet, many do. After all, authoritarian China consistently polls better […]

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Growing climate anxiety poses significant threat to individuals and society

The world’s climate is changing in every region and across the whole climate system, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group confirmed in its report Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis in August 2021. [1] Described by the United Nations secretary general António Guterres as a “code red for humanity,” the report’s alarm bells were “deafeningly loud,” […]

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World Contraception Day, September 26, 2021

GENEVA (23 September 2021) – Under international human rights law, States must ensure sexual and reproductive health services, including modern forms of contraception, and information and education on family planning. Ahead of the World Contraception Day on 26 September, the experts* issued the following statement: “Access to family planning and contraception services, free of coercion […]

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In the Extreme: Women Serving Life Without Parole and Death Sentences in the United States

Today the Alice Project – a collaboration among The Sentencing Project, the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, and the Cornell University Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide – released a new report analyzing extreme sentences imposed on thousands of women in the U.S. One of every 15 women in prison – amounting to more than […]

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Surveillance Advertising Raises the Potential for Discrimination, Manipulation, Privacy Violations and Identity Theft

oday Consumer Federation of America (CFA) released a series of fact sheets about surveillance advertising.  Also known as targeted advertising or behavioral advertising, surveillance advertising is the practice of showing individual consumers different advertisements based on inferences about their interests, demographics, and other characteristics drawn from tracking their activities over time and space. “Surveillance advertising […]

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Books: The Politics of Rights of Nature, By Craig M. Kauffman and Pamela L. Martin

August 17, 2021 – With the window of opportunity to take meaningful action on climate change and mass extinction closing, a growing number of communities, organizations, and governments around the world are calling for Rights of Nature (RoN) to be legally recognized. RoN advocates are creating new laws that recognize natural ecosystems as subjects with […]