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In 2015, gas prices fell below $2 per gallon in Moscow Mills, Missouri. The trend of low gas prices across the United States delay a signature Obama proposal to reduce emissions from cars and trucks. Whitney Curtis/Reuters

Cheap gas could delay America’s efficiency targets for cars and trucks

Faced with stringent fuel economy standards but cheap gas, automakers may seek to delay CAFE rules. What's the best way to reevaluate these emissions-cutting rules?
Joe Louis and Neil Scott help Isaac Woodard up a set a stairs soon after a beating left him blind. Ossie Leviness/New York Daily News

The police beating that opened America’s eyes to Jim Crow’s brutality

Seventy years ago, a horrific beating left a black World War II vet blind. His determined fight for justice would earn the support of Orson Welles, Woody Guthrie – and even the president.
Eye in the sky: the ‘spidercam’ is just one of the technological innovations bringing ever more information to football fans. J. Glover/Wikimedia Commons

Super Bowl 50’s data deluge: How much is too much?

Is there now so much information being shown on football broadcast screens that it's time for another announcerless game?
Refugees arrive in Germany. Michael Dalder/Reuters

Do refugees have a ‘right’ to hospitality?

Today's refugee crisis is not just about the movement of people. It is also about the human immobility that is baked into contemporary laws and politics. What, then, of the code of hospitality?
The tallest mountain in the US is again called Denali. Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS

In Alaska, it’s always been Denali

For millennia, the Koyukon Athabascan have called the 20,000-foot mountain "the tall one."
Greek"No" supporters celebrate referendum results. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

What now for Greece and the euro?

The media predictions are dire, but the reality of the Greek monetary crisis may be less sensational.
World Food Programme (WFP) staff members load bags of split yellow peas into a truck in a WFP warehouse based in El Fasher, North Darfur, for delivery and distribution in camps for displaced persons (IDPs) in Shangil Tobaya, North Darfur. UN Photo/Albert González Farran

Good intentions and poor results – John Steinbeck’s lessons on humanitarian aid

Steinbeck highlights an insight all too often lost on many contemporary poverty fighters around the world: efforts to help sometimes turn out to harm.
People are becoming more likely to believe that high-tech visualising techniques might allow us to see psychopathy in the actual physiology of the brain. JE Theriot/Flickr (resized)

Looking for psychopaths in all the wrong places: fMRI in court

In the latest instalment of our series Biology and Blame Micol Seigel poses some important questions about the assumptions behind the legal use of fMRI. Of the current uses of psychiatry in legal settings…
The latest research has found that quite a lot of young people are accessing sexually explicit material. Alejandro Lorenzo

Do we need to protect young people from porn?

Porn. Just utter the word aloud and hearts pound, pulses quicken, and minds start racing. Depending on the context, these effects may be the result of concern for young people’s well-being rather than…

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