Illustration of hot, dense, expanding cloud of debris stripped from the neutron stars just before they collided.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab
Until the recent observation of merging neutron stars, how the heaviest elements come to be was a mystery. But their fingerprints are all over this cosmic collision.
The US compares relatively poorly with equivalent countries when it comes to voter registration.
There are good reasons to be concerned about the procedures used for voter registration in many countries, including many long-established democracies.
Mass evacuations in response to natural disasters like Hurricane Maria are a logistical challenge, but also face psychological barriers to residents being willing and able to leave.
Promoting individual resilience will contribute to reductions in disaster threats for at-risk communities globally.
A product’s calorie label is a common form of nudging behavior.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
Government initiatives to prod people to make better decisions got a lot of attention after Richard Thaler won a Nobel in economics for his working on nudging.
The community of L'Atelier Paysan is building a wheat thresher.
Chris Giotitsas/University of Leicester
Globally designed products which are then locally manufactured could lead to sustainable and inclusive forms of production and consumption.
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort traveled to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
Ernest R. Scott/U.S. Air Force/Handout via Reuters
The military can make a big difference right away but humanitarian deployments should generally be rare and brief.
What’s in the water?
AP Photo/David J. Phillip
Natural disasters expose people to toxic gases, bacterial illness and other serious dangers. How can people maximize their safety as they return home?
Kim Jong Un guides the test-fire of Pukguksong-2 in an undated photo released on Feb. 13, 2017.
Kim Jong Un's regime has already earned millions from the export of arms, missiles, drugs and endangered wildlife products.
Trucks cross the friendship bridge connecting China and North Korea on Sept. 4, 2017. Trump has threatened to cut off trade with countries that deal with North Korea.
AP Photo/Helene Franchineau
The international community has been trying to stop North Korea from developing long-range missiles for decades. So what went wrong?
Unless you live near a disaster area, sending money may do more good than a mountain of toilet paper.
AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
If you want to do the greatest good, send money.
Les étudiant(e)s de Créteil en séance de travail avec leurs collègues de Harvard (elles/ils portent les casquettes des Red Sox de Boston !)
L’organisation d’un journal club scientifique entre étudiants impliqués dans une cordée de la réussite et ceux d’un programme de Harvard. Vu par les étudiants et par les enseignants. Un cas d’école.
Bartolomeo Vanzetti (left), handcuffed to Nicola Sacco, 1923.
Boston Public Library
At a time when anti-immigrant sentiment was widespread, the Sacco and Vanzetti trial starkly divided American opinion and stirred up a violent backlash around the world.
Somalian refugee Mohamoud Saed stands in his friend’s clothing shop he helps out with in Clarkston, Georgia.
AP Photo/David Goldman
Instead of focusing only on crime, the government can help set refugees up for success by collecting data on what's working and what's not in the integration process.
Far fewer Americans speak a second language than in most other developed countries – and the problem starts in the classroom.
Whether it's due to native language loss or unsupported high school curricula, the lack of bilingualism in the US is notable. Why can't more Americans speak another language? How should that change?
What does the shrinking of the Colorado River mean for Native American religions?
Historically, indigenous peoples used the natural seasonal cycles of weather, plants and animals as part of their religious calendar. What will be the impact of climate change on their practices?
Boston Children's Hospital
Almost one-third of human disease requires surgery, but most of those people who need surgery are not getting it. Here's why we need to make surgery more accessible.
People with disruptive behaviour often have poor sleep. But not all...
Waving an American flag along 5th Avenue.
In past wars, taxes were increased to cover some of the extra spending. That's not the case for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the costs are adding up fast.
Do you know how much salt is in your food?
Evidence suggests that most Americans wildly underestimate the amount of sodium in their food.
The Haymarket affair saw workers protesting for a 40-hour working week.
Harper's Weekly [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
It’s time to update the old agenda of the 19th century: less working time and more money for all, in the form of shorter work days and a universal basic income.