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How he did it: Reporter discovers pattern of Saudi students fleeing US amid charges

Annually, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy awards the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting to a stellar investigative report that has had a direct impact on government, politics and policy at the national, state or local levels. Six reporting teams were chosen as finalists for the 2020 prize, which carries a $10,000 […]

Climate warming is altering animals’ gut microbes, which are critical to their health and survival

It seems like each day scientists report more dire consequences of climate change on animals and plants worldwide. Birds that are migrating later in the year can’t find enough food. Plants are flowering before their insect pollinators hatch. Prey species have less stamina to escape predators. In short, climatic shifts that affect one organism are […]

How oil prices got wrapped up in the coronavirus outbreak

A novel coronavirus is affecting countries in every habitable continent, with recent shocks to oil prices only the latest wrinkle in the unfolding outbreak. During trading on March 9, crude oil prices dropped to half what they were in January. This is an example of an oil shock. A shock is a massive change — in this case, […]

Q&A: ‘Cancer vaccines will not replace surgery or chemo but could give long-lasting immunity’

Arming our immune system to fight cancer has been a long-standing dream for scientists and doctors. However, many cancers have tricks that allow them to hide from the immune system and suppress our immune defences. To unleash our immune system we have to tackle both of these tricks. A revolution in immunology over the past […]

Leuven named the 2020 European capital of innovation

The €1 million cash prize, which every year recognises cities’ innovative solutions to social challenges that engage and empower its citizens, was awarded to Leuven in a ceremony with EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel during the EU Research and Innovation Days in Brussels, Belgium, on 24 September. Speaking remotely at the digital awards ceremony, Mohamed Ridouani, the mayor of […]

How waste CO2 is helping to turn renewable energy into liquid fuel

Methanol can be made from CO2 captured from industrial sources, combined with hydrogen split out of water using surplus renewable energy. And the resulting fuel can be used in cars or ships, reducing the use of fossil fuels as well as emissions of greenhouse gases. ‘We are … transforming renewable energy into a liquid fuel […]

Internal Memo Shows Trump Administration Expects Drastic Drop in Demand for U.S. Visas for Years to Come

The Trump administration is predicting years of dramatically reduced international demand for U.S. visas, and planning for drastic budget cuts to visa services worldwide as a result, according to an internal memo seen by ProPublica. The projections made by the U.S. State Department in a memo signed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday […]

What Happens to New Jersey Officers Charged With Official Misconduct? We Gathered the Cases to Find Out.

As police accountability draws increased public attention around the country, we asked the question: What happens to police officers whose misconduct leads to criminal charges? New Jersey law calls for a mandatory minimum jail sentence when officers are convicted of official misconduct, the criminal charge for public corruption. Guidelines written by the state attorney general’s […]

A Real Vaccine Before the Election? It’d Take a Miracle.

Despite President Donald Trump’s promises of a vaccine next month and pundits’ speculation about how an “October surprise” could upend the presidential campaign, any potential vaccine would have to clear a slew of scientific and bureaucratic hurdles in record time. In short, it would take a miracle. We talked to companies, regulators, scientific advisers and […]

Heartbreaking Bills, Lawsuit and Bankruptcy — Even With Insurance

Matthew Fentress was just 25 when he passed out while stuffing cannolis as a cook for a senior living community six years ago. Doctors diagnosed him with viral cardiomyopathy, heart disease that developed after a bout of the flu. Three years later, the Kentucky man’s condition had worsened, and doctors placed him in a medically […]