The pandemic has pushed automation to center stage at a pace that’s alarming even to researchers who’ve spent years predicting robots’ rise.   Companies are pushing forward plans to automate everything from burger-flipping to room service delivery. White Castle plans to…

In a historic moment yesterday, California Senator Kamala Harris was named as Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick.     The daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica, Harris is the first Black woman to be nominated for national office by a major…

Russia has declared a COVID-19 vaccine ready for use—despite a chorus of international concern that it just began Phase 3 trials last week, the AP reports.

In the US—where Black women die during childbirth at 3–4X the rate of white women—it’s perhaps no surprise that discrimination against people of color giving birth has been exacerbated by the pandemic.  

In a watershed moment, the prestigious Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago suspended intersex surgeries last month. Activists hope other hospitals will follow suit.   The UN has condemned these surgeries, but they are legal in almost every country. (“…

Children—especially Black and Hispanic children—are vulnerable to severe COVID-19, according to a 

75 years ago, on August 6, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan—killing tens of thousands of people, leveling the city, and unleashing a nuclear arms race that still threatens humanity.

Critics say the White House’s much-anticipated new strategy to address the rise in suicides doesn’t go far enough—but it does take on a hot-button issue, particularly around veterans: access to firearms.  

2020 was once predicted as the worst year yet for acute flaccid myelitis, a rare polio-like condition that hits kids every other fall.  

Navajo Nation has suffered more COVID-19 deaths per capita than any US state, a scourge enabled by a basic lack of infrastructure on the reservation, where some 30% of homes lack running water.   Reservation leaders want to use a chunk of the $714 million federal aid…