Construction at Plant Vogtle, Georgia, Dec. 1, 2014.
Nuclear power provides 60 percent of US carbon-free electricity generation, but existing plants are aging and only one is under construction. Should government intervene to keep nuclear energy in the mix?
Shale gas drilling site, in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.
Nicholas A. Tonelli
Natural gas is widely viewed as a clean fuel, but methane, its main component, is a powerful greenhouse gas. Two experts propose a plan for detecting and cutting methane leaks across North America.
So many numbers, so little time.
CFOs spend two-thirds of their waking hours working, according to a new survey. The difficulty that companies are having hiring and retaining qualified employees is also at a 20-year high.
Pools at an algae farm in Borculo, east Netherlands.
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Scientists and government agencies have been studying biofuel production from algae for years. Research points toward a more affordable and efficient production process that recycles water.
Scientists call large marine protected areas effective tools for conserving sea life. But do they benefit countries that create them? Scholars explain how Palau's huge marine protected area seeks to protect resources for Palauans.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) flanked by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as they addressed the unpopularity of their replacement bill.
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Poor people who have cancer are one of the most financially vulnerable groups in the US. Obamacare aimed to improve their access to care. A recent study shows how it did.
Weapons used in the attack in San Bernardino in 2015.
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While mass shooting tragedies in Las Vegas and elsewhere make headlines, the reality is gun violence is becoming almost routine in many American neighborhoods. Where do the guns come from?
Is it safe to cross?
Duke Humans and Anatomy Lab
Pedestrians ensure their safety by making eye contact with human drivers. Autonomous cars will have to communicate with nearby people in other ways.
Everyone looks for price, but there are smarter ways to communicate fuel efficiency on car labels.
It's all in the presentation: In studies, consumers were more apt to choose fuel-efficient vehicles depending on how the same pieces of information were displayed on labels.
Mark Zuckerberg is, quite famously, a college dropout. But his case is the exception – not the rule.
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While the media glamorizes famous college dropouts like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, the reality is that most successful people in the U.S. went to – and finished – college.
Human genome editing raises a lot of questions.
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A new report from the National Academies of Science and Medicine outlines conditions that have to be met before gene editing that results in heritable genomic changes can be considered.
Human oocyte in vitro fertilization.
Medical tourism for assisted reproductive technologies raises a host of legal and ethical questions.
The way you talk to your baby makes a difference.
Babies first learn to recognize the rhythm and intonation of language. The process begins in the womb, where the intonation patterns are transmitted to the baby through the fluids.
When should you let your gifted child skip grades?
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About two out of seven children are likely bored in their classrooms, as they aren't learning much that is new. Should these children skip grades? What's the evidence on grade-skipping?
Race and perceived beauty are closely intertwined.
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A sociologist wanted to know how simply self-identifying as 'multiracial' – regardless of how you actually looked – would influence your attractiveness.
In Wells Fargo’s case, a discussion often wasn’t required.
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Regulators fined Wells Fargo US$185 million for fraudulently opening up more than two million fake deposit and credit card accounts. Will the victims get their pound of flesh from those responsible?
Women line the Atlantic City boardwalk to protest the 1968 Miss America pageant.
Feminist Theories & Art Practices
For decades, the Miss America pageant had excluded minorities while celebrating a very narrow definition of womanhood. Then two separate protests – a women's liberation picket and the lesser-known Miss Black America pageant – said 'enough is enough.'
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
This article has been withdrawn. See editor's note.
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.