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After North Korea's fifth nuclear test on September 9, the U.S. is calling for tighter global sanctions. New research shows that this strategy actually helps North Korea.
An elusive Clinton press conference on Sept. 15, 2016.
How is the Trump-Clinton contest being covered by the country's major newspapers and broadcasters? We look at the data.
A woman in northern Ethiopia feeds her chickens. Bill Gates has estimated that a farmer breeding five hens could generate up to $1,000 a year.
The factors limiting poultry production are similar to those affecting the rest of the agricultural systems.
Aerial view of the Pentagon, September 14, 2001.
The National Incident Management System (NIMS), created after 9/11, has helped government agencies respond to large-scale emergencies, including mass shootings and the Boston Marathon bombing.
Good investment? What do your friends think?
Research suggests how your online friends experienced the housing collapse affected how you perceived your local real estate market.
GMOs may very well have filled up that syringe.
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Public health experts enlist the molecular biology tools that create genetically modified organisms – as well as the GMOs themselves – in the fight against emerging infectious diseases.
Les gouvernements utilisent l’argent des contribuables pour servir les intérêts des investisseurs des banques et la dette. Ils doivent réorienter leur action vers les entrepreneurs et les actions.
Resistance to new technologies tends to be driven by perceptions rather than actual evidence.
Human resistance to innovation can be an obstacle to solving major global challenges.
Viewing wildlife in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
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A new study estimates that Americans would pay US$92 billion yearly in extra taxes to protect national parks. The finding underlines calls from experts for more money to preserve and maintain the parks.
Some farmers are suspicious of technological innovation. But technology can really help them.
It's been proved that prizes can boost cultural innovation. The same is certainly true for innovation in agriculture – which Africa desperately needs.
Should we act to prevent this from ever happening?
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Machines that can target and kill people without human intervention or accountability pose a moral threat to the world.
People get suspicious when ethically fraught science is discussed behind closed doors.
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A recent closed meeting about building synthetic genomes raised suspicions about just what scientists were planning, away from the public eye.
Neoliberal policies have given way to resentment toward immigrants in Germany and other European countries.
Why are populist candidates all the rage this year in the race for the White House? Recent research from Harvard and BU links it to the market economy and a similar trend in Europe.
There is very little evidence that commodity producing countries diversify their economies by adding value to their raw materials.
The downturn in the commodity boom will not automatically lead to diversification of Africa's economies. This can only be achieved through a focus on creating learning economies driven by innovation.
Trump or Cruz? Whom to choose?
A survey of 1,200 voters provides insight into which candidate is closest to the median American voter on the issues.
Most of us agree inequality is a problem, but solutions and causes differ greatly depending on our partisan blinders.
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Americans tend to agree inequality is a problem, but Democrats and Republicans have very different ideas about what is causing it and how to solve it.
An electoral officer in Benin.
A classical political science debate focuses on whether democracy is dependent on development. The director of the Electoral Integrity Project revisits the issue using new data from African elections.
Votes are counted during Minnesota’s Democratic caucus.
America is not a shining example for developing democracies. Many of the electoral issues arise long before a single vote is cast.
‘As president, I will repeal every word of Obamacare,’ Ted Cruz proclaimed during the Feburary 25 GOP debate.
The leading GOP candidates all claim one of their top priorities will be to repeal Obamacare. An architect of the original law outlines the thorny – but plausible – path to repeal.
The site of an al-Qaida attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in January 2016.
Western commentators tend to see ISIS and al-Qaida attacks as fueled by ideology. But in Africa, such attacks are more often turf wars in the illicit drug trade.