Image 1. Studies have found that sharks use the Earth’s magnetic field as a kind of natural GPS as they navigate the ocean. Photo: Jay Fleming/Getty Images

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Sharks use Earth’s magnetic field as a GPS, scientists say

Humans often find their way around by using a technology system called GPS. This system uses a device to calculate the position of individuals or things from any place on the ground or in the air. …

Having bandages available for multiple skin tones demonstrates that everyone’s skin color matters. Photo: Grace Cary/Getty Images

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Brown bandages would help make medicine more inclusive

When she was a child, Linda Oyesiku skinned her knee on her school’s playground. The school nurse cleaned her up and covered the wound with a peach-tinted bandage. On Oyesiku’s dark skin, the bandage stuck out. So she colored it with…

Image 1. Wang Qihang, a drag queen, lip-syncing to a song on stage during a voguing ball on March 27, 2021, in Beijing, China. Photo: Jade Gao/AFP/Getty Images

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“Beautiful and fierce”: Voguing balls let LGBTQIA+ Chinese shine

Voguing is a kind of dance. It first developed in New York City in the 1980s. Voguing dances are performed in front of an audience. The voguing events are called ballrooms, or balls.

LGBTQIA+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer…

Finalists for the 2021 national youth poet laureate are, from left: Faye Harrison of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Alexandra Huynh of Sacramento, California; Serena Yang of New York; and Alora Young of Nashville, Tennessee. Photo: National Youth Poet Laureate/Urban Word; Emmy Phan; Stephanie Yang; family photo

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National youth poet laureate finalists found confidence and friendship through words

Millions of TV viewers were mesmerized by Amanda Gorman’s reading of her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration in January. …

Naomi Osaka competes at the 2021 French Open tennis tournament in Paris, France. Photo: Corbis Sport/Getty Images

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Opinion: Tennis star Naomi Osaka deserves compassion for her mental illness

Naomi Osaka was the talk of the French Open tennis tournament for weeks even though she played only one match.

Osaka is a 23-year-old superstar in the women’s game. She is rated second in the world and has won four major…

Image 1. Asian American women played an active role in the American war effort during World War II. Here, female firefighters run a training exercise at Pearl Harbor around 1941. From left to right, the women in this photo are Elizabeth Moku, Alice Cho, Katherine Lowe and Hilda Van Gieson. Photo: Three Lions/Getty Images

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The Asian American women who fought to make their mark in World War II

Asian American women played a critical part in America’s war effort during World War II. …

In addition to being fun, video games can build real-world skills. Photo: Brothers91/Getty Images

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Big Questions: Is gaming good for kids?

Gamers, have you ever noticed that you’re the first person to spot animals at the zoo? Or if someone drops candy on the ground, you know exactly where every piece landed? That may be because you play video games.

Research has…

People around the world are all dreaming about the same thing, the new coronavirus and the way it has upended the lives of millions around the globe. Illustration: Peter Hamlin.

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Infecting our dreams: Pandemic sabotages sleep worldwide

Sleep does not bring relief for millions of people around the world dealing with the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. The horrors of the coronavirus 2019 are infecting their dreams. The virus is called COVID-19 for short.

Everyone from a college…

Native American leaders protest the “Redskins” name before a National Football League game between the Washington, D.C., team and the Minnesota Vikings in October 2019. Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn/AP Photo

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Washington’s NFL team drops its name after 87 years

On July 13, a change long in the making happened for the Washington National Football League (NFL) team. It announced it is dropping both its “Redskins” name and the Indigenous person’s head that is used in the logo. In doing so…

Loren Ackerman holds a piece of wooden money he printed on an 1890s-era press in Tenino, Washington, on May 21, 2020. In an effort to help residents and local merchants alike get through the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, the small town has issued wooden currency for residents to spend at local businesses, decades after it created a similar program during the Great Depression. Photo: Ted S. Warren/AP Photo

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Washington city helps residents, merchants with wooden money

TENINO, Washington — The blue-cheese salad dressing, butter, ground turkey, cans of grain-free dog food and new toothbrush came to $24.97.

Laurie Mahlenbrei handed the cashier a slice of wood marked $25, and walked out.

The wooden currency is good only…

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