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The US military is trying to build portable nuclear reactors again. It didn’t go so well when it tried 60 years ago

In May 2021, the Pentagon asked for $60 million to design and build a small, truck-mounted portable nuclear reactor within five years. The US military has tinkered with such reactors before, and its first attempts didn't work out well in terms of environmental contamination, cost, human health, and international relations. LoadingSomething is loading. In a tunnel 40 f...
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2 social scientists explain how childcare insecurity is hurting caregivers across the US

Childcare insecurity, or limited or uncertain access to adequate care, is a public health issue. The pandemic caused a spike in need that impacted the well-being and mental health of caregivers. Biden has proposed policies to address the issue, but economic constraints aren't the only cause. See more stories on Insider's business page. Childcare insecurity is a term we've come up with to describe limited or uncertain access to adequate childcare.It factors into many Americans' decisions whether to even have a child. Parents — mothers especially — often weigh the cost of childcare in their decision to return to work. And when a kid ...
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Economic uncertainty and expanding opportunities for women have lowered the US birth rate — and it could lead to future labor shortages

From 1950 to 2021, we saw a 50% decline in US birth rates, from 25 births per 1,000 people to 12. Sociologist Ann Oberhauser says the decline is tied to progress in areas like reproductive medicine and access to education. Lower fertility rates could translate to possible future labor shortages in many sectors of the economy. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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Why your brain may need time to readjust to social gatherings after the pandemic, according to a neuroscientist

36% of adults in the US and 61% of young adults reported "serious loneliness" during the pandemic. Nearly half of Americans also reported feeling uneasy about returning to in-person interaction. Neuroscientist Kareem Clark says it may take time for some to reset their'social homeostasis,' or need to socialize. LoadingSomething is loading. ...
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5 books young people should read to open a dialogue about race in America

Literature can be a great introduction into race discussions, especially when using an anti-bias lens. These five titles are starting points to engage young people in conversations about race in America. "Angel of Greenwood," "A Song Below Water," and "Land of the Cranes" top the list. See more stories on Insider's business page. With a national debate raging about how — or even if — teachers should discuss race in their classrooms, many educators may find themselves uncertain about how to navigate the subject of race.Parents may also find it difficult to broach topics of race in conversations with their teens.As a former junior hi...