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Lockdown Ramadan: One globe-trotter‘s homebound holy month

What happens when a pandemic forces a peripatetic travel writer to spend Ramadan in isolation in her New York apartment?

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Animal noises sound different in other languages

Animals vocalize more or less the same way, whether they‘re in France or America so why do they ‘speak‘ so differently in human languages?

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What are birds doing? David Allen Sibley knows.

David Allen Sibley‘s lavishly illustrated ‘What It‘s Like to Be a Bird‘ is more for perusing indoors - it‘s too big to fit in your pocket.

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As grilling season hits, could regulation rethink help with meat shortages?

The intense strain placed on the supply chain by COVID-19 is generating calls for Congress to give smaller meat producers more flexibility.

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Who will be Joe Biden‘s Joe Biden?

The Democratic ‘veepstakes‘ are in high gear, as prominent women audition to be Mr. Biden‘s running mate. Ideology will matter, but he also faces pressure to pick a woman of color.

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More security? US vs. China in ‘super-duper‘ missiles race.

The Pentagon wants 3.6 billion for developing hypersonic weapons in 2021. Driven by concerns about missile advances in Russia and China, the Trump administration says ‘super-fast‘ missiles are necessary. Critics fear a new arms race.

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Millions in India, Bangladesh head for safety amid cyclone, virus

A strong cyclone struck coastal India and Bangladesh on Wednesday sending millions of people to seek shelters, as evacuation measures become more challenging by the coronavirus.

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‘You don‘t feel alone‘: How medical workers help each other cope

Health care providers face a rising mental and emotional toll from COVID-19. Peer support programs can alleviate internal burdens and create a spirit of shared empathy.

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Why the US is experiencing a ‘baby bust‘

The economy is a factor. But the main cause for lower birth rates in the U.S. is a shift in attitudes about motherhood as couples have fewer children, later in life. The idea that there will be a lot of ‘coronababies‘ is ‘widely perceived as a myth,‘ one researcher says.

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Home theater: A feast for foodies and film fans

The Monitor‘s film critic suggests that movies featuring feasts and interesting characters can offer comfort to people stuck at home.

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A new challenge for Michigan residents: dam failure and flooding

On Tuesday, residents of Midland County Michigan were ordered to evacuate their homes in preparation of "catastrophic dam failures." Two dams have been breached. Balancing the need to social distance due to coronavirus, residents look for next steps.

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What will it take to get kids back to class? Three questions.

What K-12 education might look like in the fall is starting to take shape as educators consider options for returning students to class.

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Back to the future office

Those able to work remotely during COVID-19 may find bosses have already rethought the workplace and their relationship with employees.

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More security? US vs. China in ‘super-duper‘ missiles race

The Pentagon wants 3.6 billion for developing hypersonic weapons in 2021. Driven by concerns about missile advances in Russia and China, the Trump administration says ‘super-fast‘ missiles are necessary. Critics fear a new arms race.

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A books network in Zimbabwe is now a front-line virus response

Monitor readers still supply books, but now the group has found new purpose in helping communities prepare for the coronavirus pandemic.

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A helping hand? Amid pandemic, gangs cast themselves as protectors.

COVID-19 has created new opportunities for organized crime in Latin America, as leadership vacuums give gangs a chance to strengthen control.

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