Bullet-riddled vehicles that members of the LeBaron family were traveling in sit parked on a dirt road near Bavispe, at the Sonora-Chihuahua border, Mexico, Nov 6, 2019. AP Photo/Christian Chavez

Mormons in Mexico: A brief history of polygamy, cartel violence and faith

Rebecca Janzen, University of South Carolina

Who are the LeBarons, the Mexican-American Mormons who lost nine family members in a massacre on Nov. 4.?

What happened to make plague able to cause devastating epidemics, as in this depiction from 1349? Pierart dou Tielt/Wikimedia

Plague was around for millennia before epidemics took hold – and the way people lived might be what protected them

Sonja Eliason, University of Cambridge; Bridget Alex, California State University, Long Beach

People caught and died from plague long before it caused major epidemics like the Black Death in the middle ages. Could what scientists call cultural resistance be what kept the disease under control?

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