Ukrainian funeral

Ukraine: most people refuse to compromise on territory, but willingness to make peace depends on their war experiences—new survey

June 30, 2022

Survey shows that Ukrainians’ attitudes about a peace settlement and any territorial concessions to the Russians differs depending on their experience of war.

Demonstrators stand outside the Supreme Court

There is no one ‘religious view’ on abortion: A scholar of religion, gender and sexuality explains

June 24, 2022

Views on abortion differ not only among major religious traditions, but within each one.

Protestant Christians have been debating – and more often than not, supporting – modern contraceptives since they first appeared.

Protestants and the pill: How US Christians helped make birth control mainstream

May 26, 2022

Conservative Christians have cheered restrictions on some birth control. But many decades ago, Christian leaders’ support helped contraceptives become acceptable in the first place.

Wilted primroses' petals turn pink and then red when temperatures rise in the morning.

Evening primroses show the complexities of floral fragrance

May 24, 2022

Some varieties have a citrus fragrance with a hint of spice, reminiscent of lavender, bergamot and lily of the valley; pollinators seem to like it.

Anti-abortion protesters gathering outside the Supreme Court.

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, there’s no guarantee that people can get abortions in liberal states, either

May 23, 2022

25 states aren’t expected to ban abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. But limits on abortion in these places, too, make it an uncertain refuge for people seeking abortions elsewhere.

packrat palace

Packrats build time capsules inside canyon walls

April 26, 2022

Although sandstone walls might look solid, they can be riddled with their residents’ long-lasting residue.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, accompanied by Patriarch of Russia Kirill and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (in background), at a monastery outside Moscow in 2017.

Russian church leader puts the blame of invasion on those who flout ‘God’s law,’ but taking biblical law out of its historical context doesn’t work

April 22, 2022

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, preached a sermon on March 6, 2022, in which he suggested the violation of “ God’s law ” provided divine license for the war against Ukraine. In particular, Kirill pointed to Ukrainian acceptance of gay rights and the promotion of gay...

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We need to talk about stress, coping and recovery

April 4, 2022

It’s no great pleasure to discuss long-term stress and trauma, and that’s surely a big reason why people tend to avoid such topics. Sometimes, however, hard conversations are necessary. One important takeaway from the messages I have received recently from faculty, staff and students is that frustrations are still festering,...

Foothills death camas

A rare relationship between death camas and death camas miner bees

April 1, 2022

Plant is deadly to animals, but one species of bee has a unique symbiosis with it.

Desert holly

Native Americans used desert holly for food, dyes and medicines

March 17, 2022

The San Rafael River cuts through the San Rafael Swell, forming the Little Grand Canyon. In early April, we were hiking upstream in the canyon when we stopped for a rest and a snack and to assess the curtain of rain that appeared to be bearing down on us. My...