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A group of photographers, videographers, and members of the press stand over a table taking photos of seized handguns, fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine from a bust of a major drug trafficking ring.

Here’s why police drug busts don’t work

Study finds overdose rates doubled in neighborhoods following police raids. Disruptions to safer drug supply lines could play a role.
By Grant Victor and Brandon del Pozo
A dollop of transparent gel sits on a blue-grey texture. Light reflects through the gel and casts a shadow.

The future of contraception?

A new investigational product may open the door to male hormonal birth control.
By Amy Roeder
Photo illustration: A red-orange glowing earth acts as a nightlight in a room. The light emits a bright red-orange glow.

Climate change could be keeping you up at night

Nighttime temperatures are rising around the world. New research shows being too warm at night could disturb sleep, and lead to poorer health.
By Christine Mehta