America’s running out of N95 masks – so people are getting these instead for $2

If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, we may receive an affiliate commission. Search hard enough and you’ll find N95 masks for sale online — but prices are gouged and the US is reportedly running out of N95 respirators for healthcare workers. For those reasons, people have…Continue Reading

One-third of America’s rivers have changed color since 1984

America’s rivers are changing color — and people are behind many of the shifts, a new study said.One-third of the tens of thousands of mile-long (two kilometer-long) river segments in the United States have noticeably shifted color in satellite images since 1984. That includes 11,629 miles (18,715 kilometers) that became greener, or went toward the…Continue Reading

Countdown to America’s first coronavirus vaccine: What to watch this critical week

For a nation ravaged by the pandemic, this week marks a pivotal moment – the final push by federal regulators to clear the first experimental coronavirus vaccine for a besieged populace. If all goes well over the next few days, the Food and Drug Administration could give emergency authorization to the vaccine as early as…Continue Reading

America’s year has been defined by protests

by Simon Romero, Shaila Dewan, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del RioPHOENIX: In downtown Portland, Oregon, they shouted, “Count every vote!” At the Detroit convention center, they urged those tallying ballots to stop. And outside a Philadelphia vote-counting site, they said they just wanted to watch. In a year defined by protests — for women’s rights and…Continue Reading

America’s Unlikely Savior

Sisyphus finally got the boulder up the hill. And Joe Biden—48 years after he was elected to the Senate and 33 years after he launched his first race for the White House—is president-elect.His belated triumph, which came when the networks in rapid succession called Pennsylvania for the Democrats, was achieved in true Biden fashion—after days…Continue Reading

America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 16 maps and charts

After mass shootings in Odessa and Midland, Texas, and Mobile, Alabama, this weekend, Americans are confronting the country’s unique relationship with guns. America is certainly an exceptional country when it comes to firearms. It’s one of the few countries in which the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected. But the relationship is unique in…Continue Reading

America’s Conspiracies of Profit

Over the summer, homegrown American conspiracism surged in tandem with the pandemic. On edge after months of lockdown, widespread infection and death, and a highly acrid political climate, people across the political spectrum nurtured a handful of increasingly fantastical explanations for the dismal state of things. On the right, the assorted delusions of QAnon converged…Continue Reading

America’s coronavirus complacency

The long-feared autumn spike in coronavirus cases has arrived, both in Europe and in the U.S. — and there’s a huge difference in how the two regions are reacting. Europe is on an emergency footing, while America … isn’t.Why it matters: We’ve seen this movie before, and we’ve seen the need for coordinated government action,…Continue Reading