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.
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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.
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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.
Three-quarters of Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.
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Reports about trace amounts of pesticides, like the EWG's Dirty Dozen, can leave people afraid to buy fruits and vegetables. But the hype is often overblown.
Some soldiers’ wounds in WWI were more mental than physical.
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Mental health trauma has always been a part of war. Treatments have come a long way over the last century, but we still don't understand why the responses change for different people and times.
In Africa a study shows stark differences between perceptions of justice among the rich and poor.
Most Africans see courts as legitimate but only a slim majority trust them while one in three people believe judges are corrupt.
Modern high school students are learning two very different approaches to World War I.
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High school students in America learn two very different perspectives on World War I in their U.S. and world history classes. But which of these competing viewpoints should take center stage?
Indigenous games like ‘Honour Water’ can teach Indigenous values and ceremonial practices.
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A strengthening movement of Indigenous designers and developers is working to show Indigenous cultures, teachings, languages and ways of knowing through video games.
A student performs at the 2013 Louder Than a Bomb slam poetry competition in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Poetry has been a part of teaching and learning for hundreds of years. But how has poetry education changed? And how are young voices using poetry to express themselves today?
A woman holds a flag as she looks out over the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.
Data on violent incidents in the US reveal that our focus on Islamist extremism since 9/11 may be misguided.
More Dollies, cloned from the same cell line.
Courtesy of Kevin Sinclair, University of Nottingham
It took years of attempts before scientists were able to clone a mammal from an adult cell. And with that success came plenty more questions.
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With the number of multiracial Americans growing, there's a fierce debate in the black community over who's black – and who isn't.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Sacred music joins people in a collective expression - whether of joy, sorrow or protest.
Empty field north of downtown Detroit, photographed nine months before the city declared bankruptcy in 2013.
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Less than four years after Detroit filed for bankruptcy, boosters say a revival is underway in the Motor City. But two scholars say new growth has not spread yet to neighborhoods that need it.
Trump celebrates African-American History month.
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Despite an entrepreneurial heritage, black self-employment rates are about half that of whites. Could a rising economy lift their boats too?