“Despite being illegal in Iraq, the BBC found that mutaa marriages were widely available in Kadhimiya. Out of 10 clerics approached by a BBC undercover reporter, eight said they performed them. Of those eight, we had further conversations with two who agreed to approve them for girls as young as nine.”
Humans didn’t start out being able to digest animal milk – but now many populations do. Why has evolution favored tolerating dairy?
Beneath a patch of woodland in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula there lies an organism over 1500 years old and heavier than three blue whales combined – a mushroom. The secret of its longevity is an extremely low mutation rate – meaning it avoids potentially damaging alterations to its genetic code. Could this fungus hold the key to fighting some human diseases?
Many countries are dealing with scorching temperatures this summer, and there is a growing consensus amongst climate scientists that the next 18 months will be critical in dealing with the global heating crisis.
A car wreck found at the bottom of Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota brought the search for a missing young mother, Olivia Lone Bear, to an end. But the discovery was made not by the police, but a mostly-female volunteer team of indigenous sleuths and activists led by Lissa Yellowbird-Chase.
Demand for vanilla from Madagascar has skyrocketed in recent years, but the process of exporting the spice to markets around the world is fraught with risk, unpredictability, and — increasingly — violence.
Seven of the eight members of Baltimore’s Gun Trace Task Force started robbing criminals of money, guns and drugs and violating citizens’ constitutional rights. Until they got caught.
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong recalls Saddam Hussein, Silvio Berlusconi, Vladimir Putin, and Muammar Gaddafi as she explores the history of comedy as not only a relief valve but also as a formidable resistance tactic against oppressive regimes.
Are you taking your vitamins? You might reconsider that.