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Why birth is so dangerous for black Americans (The New York Times)
by Linda Villarosa
Black women and infants face far more danger in childbirth than white ones. Researchers used to think that was a matter of poverty and disadvantage. Now they know it’s also about the accumulated stresses of living in America as a black woman.

Why air strikes? (The Washington Post)
by Susan Hannah Allen and Carla Martinez-Machain
What was the point of the U.S. airstrike against Syria? Looking at how nations make choices about resolving international disputes, the decision appears predictable, but probably not very effective.

Are antidepressants like insulin? (New York Magazine)
by Danielle Tcholakian
Many people now using antidepressants may never be able to quit. Is that disturbing, or is it a sign that they’re getting the care they need?

Facebook and political science (Pacific Standard)
by Francie Diep
Facebook is working with social scientists to study the interactions between social media and the real world. Can this project produce reliable results?

Viruses to the rescue (Aeon)
by Emily Monosson
When antibiotics don’t work, could viruses help cure us? A century-old therapy that was eclipsed by penicillin is showing new promise.

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