A federal housing incentive could have untapped potential.
With some tinkering, a federal tax credit that encourages developers to create new units that low-income Americans can afford to rent might yield other benefits.
A public worker clears a storm drain in Carson City, Nevada.
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The US wants to invest in more infrastructure to handle our rainfall and melted snow. Stormwater credits could help cut costs and protect the environment.
In an emergency, responders’ telecommunications could get delayed by overloaded networks.
City of Hampton, Virginia
A new data management system can give emergency responders a fast lane on the internet to help speed rescue efforts after a disaster.
When school gets tough, do you think it’s worthwhile? Or time to give up?
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A high school science test, a Psych 101 course, long job applications: Sometimes it's hard to be motivated to succeed. As it turns out, how you respond to difficulty and ease can make all the difference.
Are research nonprofits holding up their end of the tax-exempt bargain?
Holding patents can be a lucrative and powerful position to be in. Here's a proposal for how nonprofit patent holders can do more for the common good – and live up to their end of the tax break bargain.
People have always asked for alms, including the men depicted in this 17th-century European etching.
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The courts are saying that down-and-out Americans have a right to seek curbside alms despite efforts to ban the practice. Two scholars have come up with an alternative to anti-panhandling ordinances.
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, left, and Mayor Eric Garcetti pose next to an all-electric car in this 2015 photo.
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More than 200 mayors have committed their cities to stick with the Paris climate deal no matter what the US does. Electric vehicles offer a promising route to making good on that pledge.
Demonstration of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, at a naval base in California.
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For-profit corporations are deeply embedded in US national security infrastructure – and they're not going anywhere.
Most students graduate with a ton of debt, which makes it harder to save for a home or retirement.
More than half of American families aren't able to save a dime to cover the cost of college, and the 529 college savings plan has done almost nothing to change that.
Waving an American flag along 5th Avenue.
In past wars, taxes were increased to cover some of the extra spending. That's not the case for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the costs are adding up fast.
Veterans and service members on the job hunt.
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Large numbers of veterans hold misconceptions about IT work that discourage them from pursuing careers in the field.
People don’t want to be interrupted to update their software.
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People don't want to endure the interruptions and inconveniences of keeping their computer software up to date. Research tells us why, and how we might fix the problem – and protect ourselves.
A shot of fake news now and your defenses are raised in the future?
Does science have an answer to science denial? Just as being vaccinated protects you from a later full-blown infection, a bit of misinformation explained could help ward off other cases down the road.
The Pinocchio anole lizard (Anolis probiscis) was first described in Ecuador in 1953, then believed to have become extinct until it was rediscovered in 2005.
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'Doom and gloom' messages about nature are less effective than positive ones. The Lost & Found project tells the stories of creatures thought long gone but eventually rediscovered.
No need for a bank: Just a smartphone and a blockchain.
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Already becoming a darling of Wall Street, blockchain technology's biggest real benefits could come to the world's poorest people. Here's how.
Planting a diverse blend of crops and cover crops, and not tilling, helps promote soil health.
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Conventional wisdom says we need industrial agriculture to feed the world. Not so, says geologist David Montgomery: Practices that focus on creating healthy soil can transform agriculture.
Medical students protest outside the office of Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) to express their views on changes to Obamacare.
Republicans have tried dozens of times to repeal Obamacare, but their biggest challenge has been the lack of a workable replacement plan. Here's an idea devised by two health economists.
A visitor checks on her family’s plot after more than 170 Jewish headstones were toppled in University City, a suburb of St Louis, Missouri.
The first US Truth and Reconciliation Commission was set up in 1999. Here's why truth commissions matter today.
Martin Luther King Jr.‘s message of love matters today.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision of love was not sentimental. It demanded that individuals tell their oppressors what they were doing was wrong. How can this vision help with community-building today?
U.S. middle class, R.I.P.?
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Finding a way to reduce inequality is key not only to solving a host of other problems but also to rescuing America's fast-disappearing middle class.