Computers can be our prediction machines.
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Scientists of all kinds turn to computer models to investigate questions they can't get at any other way. Here's how models work and why we can trust them.
Prepaid cellphones are just one of many technological tools used by criminals and terrorists.
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Throwaway phones are just one piece of the ever-widening technological arsenal of extremists and terror groups of all kinds.
Should college be free?
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College education results in not just better earnings, but better health care and child development as well as political stability and lower criminal justice costs. Should states invest more?
Charter schools: here to stay?
Charters schools are here to stay. More than three million students are enrolled in 6,700 charter schools across 42 states.
In Nigeria 96% of households are connected to the grid, but only 18% of these connections function more than about half the time.
Africa still has numerous electricity challenges to overcome, but several countries are getting it right when it comes to providing electricity to their people.
Are students learning how to write?
The writing part of the new SAT, considered optional, is required by many colleges and universities. What special challenges does it pose? And are schools ready to teach students those writing skills?
Do school voucher programs help improve educational outcomes?
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A recent study on school vouchers shows that the program may be harming kids' academic achievement, at least in math. What's missing here? Are test scores the only way to judge a program?
Can Berkeley stay Berkeley after budget cuts?
State support for public research universities declined by 28 percent between 2003 and 2013. So, why does it matter?
Interrogatoire de police, des heures durant.
Un innocent qui s’accuse d’un crime qu’il n’a pas commis. Un cauchemar plus fréquent qu’on ne le croit. Mais comment en arrive-t-on à de faux aveux ? Les réponses de psychologues expérimentateurs.
Innocence puts you at risk in an interrogation room.
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Innocent people do confess to terrible crimes they had nothing to do with. Psychologists are investigating factors that contribute to false confession – including how well-rested a suspect feels.
Just Go for it: programming a computer to play an ancient game.
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While it's impressive, developing a computer to win at Go is not a big step toward the type of artificial intelligence used by the thinking machines we see in the movies.
Gateway to downtown Flint, Michigan.
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The state takeover and fiscal crisis in Flint hamstrung city managers, making it hard to provide basic services like water.
Lining up potential pitfalls: nonexperts and computers may misinterpret the vertical line in this image as a natural feature rather than a result of a mosaic compilation of multiple satellite images.
Expert image analysts have an important role to play, even in an age of computer interpretation and crowdsourcing.
Uneasy allies. U.S. President Obama with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.
The U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia goes back to the 1930s. Here's why recent uneasiness doesn't mean it's ending anytime soon.
In condemning terrorist attacks in Paris, French president Francois Hollande (center) used the term Da'ish to refer to Islamic State, a deliberate naming change.
The French term for ISIS – known as Da'ish or Daesh – has gathered more interest in the wake of the Paris attacks. Here's why this battle of naming matters.
Ice cold physics: hunting for neutrinos in Antarctica.
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A cubic kilometer of clear, stable ice could help physicists answer big questions about cosmic rays and neutrinos. Hardy scientists collect data via a unique telescope at the frozen bottom of the world.
Part of the ongoing debate: some papaya growers in Hawaii have planted a strain that has been genetically modified to resist a virus.
What explains the huge gap between US and European consumers on GMO foods? A short history helps explain.
Unequal education is a result of what happens in schools.
Students in the same grade in the same school receive a very different education based on the socioeconomic status of their parents.
Music teachers are being evaluated on subjects they do not teach.
A steakhouse wouldn't be evaluated based on a fish prepared at a seafood restaurant. But this is what teacher evaluation looks like.
About 98% of US exporters are small businesses.
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The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership belies the fact that the US's share of trade in the region has been declining for some time.