Chair Janet Yellen acknowledges: It’s a tough call.
The Fed left interest rates unchanged but said improving economic data means it will likely lift them later this year. We asked two scholars – and ex-Fed officials – if it was the right call.
Genetic techniques can help make pollen useful for cracking criminal cases.
Karen L. Bell
Pollen is all around us, is extremely durable and can provide clues about where someone's been. A new genetic technique will make it easier to use pollen evidence in criminal investigations.
A boy in Pakistan receives oral polio vaccine in July.
Polio for years has been close to becoming eradicated, with the entire continent of Africa going two years without a reported case – until early August. Here's why eradication is hard but attainable.
An injectable medication.
The maker of the EpiPen has raised the price of two injectable treatments to about US$600, six times the price nine years ago. Why do drug companies do this? Because they can. The FDA ends up helping.
Introducing the Clinton-Kaine ticket.
The senator from Virginia has a reputation for integrity, speaks Spanish and comes from a purple state. Also, control of his Senate seat isn't in play.
Emergency and police vehicles respond to the shooting outside the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
While no one can predict an act of terror, hospitals are prepared through practice to respond to such disasters.
Hillary Clinton celebrates her nomination.
Political scientists from Texas A&M, UMass Boston and Emory University react to Tuesday’s big milestone for women in American politics.
Obama’s speech announcing his new overtime rules emphasized their impact on economic growth.
Obama's new overtime rules will be a big win for workers, but they could also give a boost to companies and the economy.
Carrying water in rural Kenya.
Many women in developing countries spend hours every day fetching water for their families. Reducing the burden of water work will improve their health and welfare.
We have known for decades that folic acid can prevent most common neural tube defects, but most countries don't fortify staple foods with the nutrient.
Marco Rubio, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz speaking over each other at the debate.
The 10th Republican debate offered a chance for establishment candidates to slow Donald Trump's momentum just five days before Super Tuesday.
Our brains are different, but can sex explain why?
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Are there sex differences in the human brain? The answer is more nuanced than yes or no.
C'est qui ?
Les psychopathes ne ressemblent pas tous à Hannibal Lecter, le tueur du « Silence des agneaux ». Certains utilisent les aspects dynamiques de leur personnalité psychopathique pour réussir dans la vie.
Get the shot.
While studies suggests that cholesterol-lowering statins can make the flu shot less effective, the vaccine remains the best available tool for reducing flu-related complications and death.
Justice Scalia speaking in 2014.
The long-serving justice changed how judges talk about statutes, but not, argues one law professor, how they ultimately interpret them.
Hillary Clinton takes a selfie with supporters in front of a US Secret Service agent.
Our global newsroom responds to the first results in the US presidential election. We hear from scholars in the UK, US, Australia and France.
The problems of diversity are deeply rooted, extending beyond an annual awards show.
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Underneath the sheen of the Oscars is an arcane organization that's historically sought to consolidate power.
Some psychopathic traits can lead to success, at least in the short term.
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Despite the popular perception, most psychopaths aren't coldblooded or psychotic killers. Many live successfully among us, using their personality traits to get what they want.
An all-white affair?
Just one underrepresented minority was nominated for an Oscar this year. Is that too few? Let's look at the data.
Oil’s continuing slide so far isn’t leading to lower U.S. production, but concerns are growing that it’ll drive some out of business.
Producers keep pumping more oil, even as prices are falling to fresh 12-year lows every day. What's driving this?