In India, a light complexion is associated with power, status and beauty, fueling an innovative and growing market of skin-bleaching products.
Indian girls grow up in an environment where they are constantly reminded that fair is beautiful.
Will the robots come to control us?
He spends his days developing artificial intelligence systems. What about AI keeps him up at night?
U.S. President Donald Trump is welcomed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the first day of the G-20 summit.
AP Photo/Jens Meyer
Merkel’s popularity at home and on the global stage continues to grow as she runs for a fourth term as chancellor.
Eight billion cans sold and counting…
Eighty years ago, Hormel Foods introduced a simple, canned meat product called Spam. It would go on to become one of the greatest marketing success stories of all time.
What is the meaning of the 2,500-year old Hebrew psalm for oppressed groups?
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Frederick Douglass used the words of Psalm 137 in his famous speech, 'What to a Slave is the Fourth of July?' For centuries, this poem has resonated with writers and composers, with its consideration of how humans deal with trauma.
More and more African students head to China each year to study.
Newly translated Chinese Ministry of Education records shine light on China's shifting place in the global higher education landscape.
Gregg Henry portrays President Donald Trump in the role of Caesar in the Public Theater’s Free Shakespeare in the Park production of ‘Julius Caesar,’ in New York City.
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Some have denounced the New York Public Theater for encouraging violence against President Trump. But the play does just the opposite, warning of the pitfalls of political assassination.
Children as young as three internalise a bias against dark skin.
At the root of the skin bleaching phenomenon is a psychological complex.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly supports the nation-state bill.
A linguistics scholar explains why the loss of Arabic in Israel would be a loss of history, culture and possibly human rights.
The Saudi king presents Trump with The Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud medal on May 20, 2017.
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Shared economic and security interests have kept Saudi Arabia and the US close over the decades despite dramatic differences in the way the two countries are governed.
A file photo of a girl picking up a cupcake as she breaks fast at King Fahad Mosque in Los Angeles, California during Ramadan.
There are many myths around Ramadan. A scholar explains the religious observance and its spiritual significance.
It’s software: There’s always a way in.
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It can be useful to think of hackers as burglars and malicious software as their burglary tools. Both types of miscreants want to find ways into secure places and have many options for entry.
Artificial intelligence can bring many benefits to human gamers.
Sam Jordan Belanger
Twenty years after Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov at chess, artificial intelligence can make games more fun, and perhaps even endlessly enjoyable, if it learns to adapt.
How does bad data affect predictive policing algorithms?
Crime data reflect only what crimes are identified by the police – not all the crimes that occur. So decisions based on crime data are necessarily biased and incompletely informed.
People seem to think industry-funded research belongs in the garbage.
Scientists need funding to do their work. But a new study finds turning to industry partners taints perceptions of university research, and including other kinds of partners doesn't really help.
Don’t panic: An international survey finds concerns about fake news are overblown.
Concerns over filter bubbles and fake news are often based on anecdotal evidence. There is relatively little systematic research on the topic; a new survey finds widespread fears are unwarranted.
Why do so many state constitutions have provisions precluding funding for religious schools?
A number of state constitutions have clauses restricting state funding for religious schools. Some of these go back to an amendment proposed in 1875, known as the Blaine Amendment. What is it?
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry walks off the court after a game against the Denver Nuggets in February.
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To white Americans, the idea that skin color and toughness go hand-in-hand might seem odd. But in the black community, it's a big deal.
A Bible study group for school students in Oklahoma.
AP Photo/Brandi Simons
In the early 19th century Catholics were persecuted for refusing to participate in Protestant Bible reading in schools. In many schools, those opting out of Bible classes are harassed, even today.
Mishaps can spiral out of control quickly these days.
Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo
Incidents that may have been mere hiccups a few years ago today can go viral in an instant, causing a massive backlash and leaving some of the biggest companies wrong-footed.