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College is worth it. Who should pay for it?

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?
In Nigeria 96% of households are connected to the grid, but only 18% of these connections function more than about half the time. Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

What lies behind Africa’s lack of access and unreliable power supplies

Africa still has numerous electricity challenges to overcome, but several countries are getting it right when it comes to providing electricity to their people.
Do school voucher programs help improve educational outcomes? Lower Columbia College (LCC)

Do school vouchers improve results? It depends on what we ask

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?
Interrogatoire de police, des heures durant. Shutterstock

Somnolent ? Gare à ne pas avouer un crime que vous n’avez pas commis !

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. Interrogation image via www.shutterstock.com.

Feeling sleepy? You might be at risk of falsely confessing to a crime you did not commit

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. Donar Reiskoffer/Wikimedia Commons

Evolving our way to artificial intelligence

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.
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. Google Earth

In sea of satellite images, experts' eyes still needed

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. Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS

US–Saudi relations and the search for leverage

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. Reuters

Islamic State versus Da'ish or Daesh? The political battle over naming

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.
About 98% of US exporters are small businesses. Cargo ship via www.shutterstock.com

We may have cinched TPP, but is US trade a lost cause?

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.

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