How can this robot know where to move safely, and where it will collide with something else?
Using a technique inspired by how human brains operate, researchers have found a way to help robots move more smoothly and more quickly.
What’s the impact of violence on screen?
Donnie Ray Jones
Witnessing violence harms all children, even if it only on screen. However, for gifted children the impact could be more severe.
Drilling on a farm in North Dakota, site of a huge economic upswing from the oil and gas industry.
The boom in oil and gas development has brought new revenues to many communities in the U.S., but rural areas in particular have struggled to handle the rapid downturn in prices.
Woman at wreckage of deadly car bomb in Baghdad.
Obama's military strategy in Iraq and Syria hasn't defeated the Islamic State, but it isn't a total failure either. A retired major general and law professor looks at the successes and shortcomings.
Universities expose students to difference, providing them with a unique opportunity to learn from others.
Universities have an important role to play in developing students’ ability to engage successfully across different cultures and experiences.
Who’s in charge once your biological material is out of your body?
Next-generation genomic research depends on study participants sharing their biological materials with scientists. But concerns over how that information is protected may hold some people back.
What makes gifted kids from advantaged families get ahead?
America's low-income but high-achieving kids fail to find the necessary resources, and consequently fall behind. This has huge implications for innovation as well as the GDP.
Honor Guard standing outside the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on December 10, 2015.
A retired major general and judge advocate considers the legalities of Trump's bombastic anti-ISIS talk.
Does gender make a difference on a jury?
Jury trial via www.shutterstock.com
Do women in the Oval Office or the courtroom make a genuine difference? Research from English juries suggest they do.
If the U.S. moved to electric vehicles, there would be a substantial cut in air pollution – and health benefits to go with it.
Global warming is often seen as a problem for future generations, but focusing on the immediate – and substantial – health benefits of clean energy can change public perception of climate change.
Ice Bucket challenge: for you or the cause?
Effective altruists say you should make the greatest difference – here's a better way to get people giving.
Being too clean isn't what's making us sick. It's the loss of biodiversity in the bacteria and organisms that live in our bodies and work with the immune system.
Legal or illegal, the US is awash in guns.
Though the perpetrators of the mass shooting in California appear to have acquired their guns legally, the vast majority used in violent crimes are obtained illegally.
A memorial for 20-year-old UCSB student Christopher Michael-Martinez one of nine crime scenes in the Isla Vista neighborhood of Santa Barbara, California in 2014.
America’s gun violence problem actually is producing policy reform. It's just that most of this activity is happening on the state level and has received little attention in the national media.
Should professors engage with the lay public?
Two scholars discuss the joys of writing for a lay audience. So why aren’t more academics writing for the public?
Four rat tapeworms harvested from a single laboratory rat are shown in a six-well plate. The worms don’t harm the rats. Each worm, between two and three feet long, can produce more than 1,000 eggs per day.
The thought of intestinal worms sneaking around our bodies is pretty unpleasant, but some types of worms are beneficial and could help treat inflammatory diseases.
Nature or nurture?
Academically advanced students from countries such as India are spending much more time studying STEM subjects. Should US kids work harder to compete?
EPA to states: we need a reductions plan.
Complicated and controversial, the EPA Clean Power Plan is well-conceived and has the potential to curb emissions but still faces serious hurdles.
Humpback whale populations have leapt on both Australia’s east and west coasts.
Ari S. Friedlaender (under NMFS permit)
Chalk it up as a rare conservation win: humpback whales have bounced back so strongly since the whaling era that there is no longer a need to include them on Australia's official threatened species list.
A first: limits on carbon emissions from power plants.
Despite looming legal challenges, states are devising plans to comply with limits on power plant carbon emissions – a crucial part of Obama's climate policies.