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.
Sven Lidström, IceCube/NSF
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.
Can the two biggest beer makers combine to stem the trend in craft brewing?
AB InBev's expected bid for SABMiller continues a trend of industry consolidation at the top, but the strong growth in craft brewing is challenging that strategy.
The Fed building in New York: just a nice facade?
Market speculation on whether the Fed will raise rates is reaching fever pitch, but the central bank no longer has the pull it once did.
King Mswati III, centre, with his regiments at Ludzidzini royal palace during the annual Reed Dance in August. Swaziland ranks among the worst in Africa for its level of democracy.
Satisfaction with democracy varies widely in Africa. Across 28 countries, only 46% of citizens say they are “very satisfied” or “fairly satisfied” with the way democracy works in their countries.
Time to reorder the flags?
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Back in 2001, a Goldman Sachs economist said Brazil, Russia, India and China would become the powerhouses of the global economy in the coming decades. Is that still in the cards?
Where will the money come from for Hillary Clinton’s college plan?
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Hillary Clinton's US$350 billion college plan will need a doubling of the federal government’s funding to colleges. But this large expansion in federal dollars will not be without its own costs.
A change in the scales isn’t likely to put a major dent in the growth in US exports to China.
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China's interventions to cheapen its currency relative to others will hurt US imports in the short term, but the country's surging "mainstream" will easily offset the impact.
The world was surprised when the usually peaceful country of Mali suffered a coup in 2012.
What are the early warning signs of threats to the stability of African democracies? The signs could be seen in Mali before it exploded in 2012. Ghana and others would do well learn from Mali.
Students of color are more likely to be suspended.
Students of color are subjected to harsher disciplinary measures. Are schools doing enough to check this practice?
Happier days in Africa.
Answers to the challenging question of why Africans unanimously supported Sepp Blatter for a 5th term -- and what they portend for the future.
Even a microbe won’t eat plastic.
Consumers and makers of plastic products want plastic to biodegrade to minimize the environmental impact, but some additives don't live up to the claims.
Average Americans don’t view science issues the same way scientists do.
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A new set of surveys of scientists and the public finds the two groups have widely different views about scientific issues. Conducted by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association…