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‘Monstrous births’ and the making of race in the nineteenth-century United States

Credit: CC0 Public Domain From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment, “monstrous births”—malformed or anomalous fetuses—were, to Western medicine, an object of superstition. In 19th-century America, they became instead an object of the “modern scientific study of monstrosity,” a field formalized by French scientist Isidore Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire. This clinical turn was positioned against the backdrop

At least 13 die in extreme heat wave in US

In recent days, temperatures in parts of the southern United States have felt like 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius). At least 13 people have died from the extreme heat wave that has been tormenting the southern United States for two weeks, officials said Friday, with air in other parts of the country polluted by

While humans were in strict lockdown, wild mammals roamed further—new research

Japan, May 2020: no humans to be seen. Credit: worldlandscape / shutterstock At one point in 2020, 4.4 billion people—more than half of the world’s population—were under lockdown restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19. This was such a sudden and substantial event that it has become known as the anthropause. Many bustling cities fell

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