As of Election Day 2020, 1 in 3 Americans live in a state where adults can legally buy cannabis. Here’s what we know about the drug.

Bob Leeds, co-owner of Sea of Green Farms, shows some of the marijuana he produces during at his facility in Seattle.
Bob Leeds, co-owner of Sea of Green Farms, shows some of the marijuana he produces during at his facility in Seattle.
Bob Leeds, co-owner of Sea of Green Farms, shows some of the marijuana he produces during a tour of his company’s facility in Seattle, Washington June 30, 2014. Photo: Jason Redmond/Reuters

By Erin Brodwin and Julia Naftulin

Marijuana’s official designation in the US as a Schedule 1 drug — something with “no currently accepted medical use” — means it has been pretty tough to study.

That remains the case, despite the fact that, at a state level, the drug is increasingly accessible for the general public.

As of Election Day 2020, when Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota gave the green light to marijuana…


Experts agree: This virus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But it’s possible that in the months ahead we’ll devise bright new ways to fight back.

A vaccine syringe.
A vaccine syringe.
Experts agree: The novel coronavirus isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Photo: Samantha Lee/Insider

By Andrew Dunn, Aria Bendix, and Hilary Brueck

As the pandemic approaches its second year, the coronavirus has morphed into a tougher foe.

Several mutations that scientists have identified in rapidly spreading variants are particularly worrisome. They raise concerns that these strains will be more contagious or be able to at least partly evade protection provided by vaccines and by prior infections.

Let’s be clear: No one knows how the next phase of the pandemic…


Rudy Giuliani’s pathetic press conference underscored how little President Trump has to back his claims of election fraud. It was also hilarious.

Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Former New York City Mayor and current Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Image

By Linette Lopez

On Thursday former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — representing the President of the United States — took to television to decry the outcome of the 2020 election, spout conspiracy theories, and echo disproven lies.

One of his equally glassy-eyed fellows claimed that former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — a man who died in 2013 — helped rig the 2020 election.

Giuliani sweat so profusely that his hair dye ran down his face. He…


Remote work has increased productivity, saved workers time and money, enabled employees to relocate, and diversified the talent pool, Upwork finds.

An individual using a laptop.
An individual using a laptop.
Remote work has been good in many ways. Photo: Bruno De Hogues /Getty Images

By Hillary Hoffower

Now that vaccines and a massive stimulus package are here, the US economy is uniquely positioned for a great new era in the 2020s.

A major factor underlying the great economic potential of reopening lies with how the pandemic ushered in an era of remote work, which is likely here to stay to some extent in a post-pandemic world.

More than two-thirds of professionals were working remotely during the peak of the pandemic, according to a…


Activists should stand in solidarity without comparing Asian hate crimes to anti-Black oppression, says Katie Li, a second-generation Chinese American.

Activists at a demonstration in Atlanta, Georgia in March 2021.
Activists at a demonstration in Atlanta, Georgia in March 2021.
Activists at a demonstration in Atlanta, Georgia in March 2021, after shootings left eight people dead. Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images

By Katie Li

Warning: This article contains racial slurs.

As a second-generation Chinese American, I’ve always felt disconnected from Chinese culture — I struggle with the language, am unfamiliar with its customs and traditions, and feel like an impostor in a Chinese body when interacting with first-generation immigrants.

But I also constantly feel alienated in America. Despite having lived in the US my entire life, I can’t help but feel like a foreigner in my own hometown, where people look…


Insider compiled nine experts’ explanations of why the currency that was started as a joke is surging in popularity.

Dogecoin.
Dogecoin.
Social-media momentum has led to impressive gains for a digital asset that was created as a joke. Photo: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

By Shalini Nagarajan

An accumulation of interest in Dogecoin has taken the cryptocurrency by storm, with its 8,000% rally so far this year.

The meme-based token rose by more than 200% last week, fueled by Elon Musk’s “Doge Barking at the Moon” tweet on Thursday. A day before the billionaire’s tweet, only several hundred Twitter users had engaged with the hashtag $Doge. …


You’re more likely to get a blood clot on birth control than after a vaccine, but that narrative can undermine women’s life-threatening experiences.

A syringe.
A syringe.
The risk of birth-control-linked clots is being used to demonstrate the safety of J&J’s vaccine. Photo: Crystal Cox/Business Insider

By Anna Medaris Miller

On Christmas Eve 2014, Melissa Firicano baked cookies with the little girl she nannied, had her car washed, and watched a movie with her then-boyfriend, Daryn. Then, she had a stroke.

“I went to the bathroom, and I just fell over and hit my head on the side table,” Firicano, now 38, told Insider.

When Daryn, who is now Firicano’s husband, called for her after returning from a late-night dog walk, she didn’t…


“We had such a spectacular outcome with coronavirus that we absolutely need to embark on this platform and test it,” a veteran HIV researcher said.

Biotechnology company Moderna protocol files for COVID-19 vaccinations.
Biotechnology company Moderna protocol files for COVID-19 vaccinations.
Biotechnology company Moderna protocol files for COVID-19 vaccinations are kept at the Research Centers of America in Hollywood, Florida, on August 13, 2020. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

By Patricia Kelly Yeo

Moderna’s investor presentation on Wednesday showcased the Massachusetts-based biotech’s efforts to develop vaccines against HIV and eight other infectious diseases.

The company’s mRNA technology, which has built upon decades of research, will now contribute to the long frustrated effort to contain the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Working in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, Scripps Research, the Gates Foundation, and other partners, Moderna said it would begin testing two HIV vaccine…


The GOP brand stands for standing against other Americans. The new law out of Arkansas is the latest attack on American’s civil rights.

L.G.B.T. activists and their supporters rally on the steps of New York City Hall on October 24, 2018.
L.G.B.T. activists and their supporters rally on the steps of New York City Hall on October 24, 2018.
L.G.B.T. activists and their supporters rally in support of transgender people on the steps of New York City Hall on October 24, 2018. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

By Michael Gordon

Republicans are the party of hate. The party of anti-. The party against progress. That is — and has been — their calling card for a generation.

Their motto should be: “We keep people down! We stand in the way of progress! Vote for us!”

The latest — but not the last or first — group facing Republicans’ ire is transgender children. This was on full display in Arkansas, as the state recently passed…


America is seeing a “baby bust” as women put off having kids during the pandemic. It could mean lower growth over the long term — or a delayed boom.

Individuals with a baby.
Individuals with a baby.
The number of births have been declining during the pandemic. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

By Hillary Hoffower

The predicted baby boom is looking more like a baby bust.

While many thought a year locked up would lead to some serious babymaking, Brookings Institute economists Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine forecasted the opposite last June: The pandemic would lead to 300,000 to 500,000 fewer births in 2021, they said.

So far, their predictions are on track.

Nine months after the first lockdowns began in the US…

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