Only 3 percent of these prizes have gone to women since 1901.
Progress has been made toward gender parity in science fields. But explicit and implicit barriers still hold women back from advancing in the same numbers as men to the upper reaches of STEM academia.
The #MeToo movement and more recent allegations against Brett Kavanaugh have posed questions about past conduct.
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Whether the sins of our past stay with us forever has become a pertinent question of our time. A philosopher argues we don't need to carry our past burdens – although there are some moral conditions.
The Left’s Gift to Nixon.
1968 is often remembered as a time when protest galvanized the left. But it was also the year that Richard Nixon won the White House — which Republicans would control for most of the next two decades.
Richard Nixon, Republican candidate for president, is seen in August 1968.
From Thomas Jefferson to Donald Trump, the idea of the little guy ignored by politicians has loomed large in American political rhetoric.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sept. 27, 2018.
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Contentious or politically driven Supreme Court nominations are not new. But US history shows that many of those contested nominees who were confirmed would go on to author controversial opinions.
Will people use technology, or will it use us?
Google controls what billions of people find, see, know or even are aware of. As it gets better at delivering what it thinks people want, how will that affect humans' perceptions of their own needs?
Environmental regulations generally improve communities’ preparedness and resilience during disasters.
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The damage to coal ash sites from Hurricane Florence demonstrates how a community's vulnerability to natural disasters is closely linked to how stringent environmental regulations are.
Suburbanites now outnumber urban and rural dwellers.
Today, 8 out of every 10 Americans live in a city or suburb.
In 1968, the idea of romance between the races was still a controversial proposition. That made it all the more revolutionary when an episode of Star Trek featured a kiss between black and white characters, the first interracial kiss on American TV.
Nervous about how southern television viewers would react, NBC executives closely monitored the filming of the kiss between Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner.
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The career arc of Nichelle Nichols – the first black woman to have a continuing co-starring role on TV – shows how diverse casting can have as much of an impact off the screen as it does on it.
Prison jobs are always low paid, often difficult, and produce many of the foodstuffs and services many Americans use every day.
Enslaved workers used to grow cotton and mill flour. Now prisoners grind beef and crate eggs. Here, a historian explores Americans' troubling habit of consuming the products of slave labor.
A 2002 protest against clergy sex abuse.
An expert explains how a complex set of canon laws and trials are the major obstacle to holding priests accountable. The power to take action is often vested in the Vatican.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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The financial crisis provoked by the lira's fall isn't the true drama in Turkey. The real drama is a democratic transformation threatens the increasingly authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Interested in a juicy burger grown in the lab?
Cultured meat comes from cells in a lab, not muscles in an animal. While regulatory and technological aspects are being worked out, less is known about whether people are up for eating this stuff.
The Latinoamericana Tower stands amid smog in Mexico City.
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Pollution is killing people in the developing world at an alarming rate. While there are many reasons for this, one looms large: China.
It’s a political job, not a scientific one.
Almost two years in, Trump finally has a science adviser in position. History demonstrates that the role is at least as political as it is scientific.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a California fundraiser in August.
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The victory of a Democratic Socialist in a New York primary will not lead to the dictatorship of the proletariat. It's an incremental addition to the long history of moderate socialism in the US.
Roy Orbison’s hologram performs with an orchestra.
Critics say hologram tours exploit the dead for a quick buck. But there's something about Roy Orbison's ethereal mystique that makes this one a particularly fitting tribute.
Is it ethical to eat meat?
The coworking company, WeWork, has banned meat, citing an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint. For centuries, philosophers have made a moral case against meat-eating.
Presidents Trump and Putin in Helsinki.
Donald Trump admires Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Putin's track record over his career reveals a serial liar, and presents damning evidence of complicity in multiple critics' violent deaths.