The treacherous toilet.
Public 'restroom' is a euphemism of the highest order. We don't find it restful.
You see with your brain, not just your eyes.
Sure, your eyes are crucial for seeing the world around you. But it's your brain that does the really hard vision work.
Cables crisscross the oceans carrying your internet info.
Telegeography Submarine Cable Map
Thin cables about as big around as a garden hose traverse the Earth's oceans carrying all our intercontinental internet data. No one's in charge and no one's defending them.
Did you watch the GOP debate, or just follow it on Twitter?
Was the latest GOP debate designed just to give candidates – and viewers – something to tweet about?
A protester holds a sign in support of Kim Davis, September 9 2015.
A scholar visited a dozen churches to learn why some religious folks oppose same-sex marriage. He discovered it's not a simple case of homophobia.
Boehner quits on Friday, September 25.
The speaker calls it quits after five years of trying to get Tea Party leaders to stop squabbling and play nice. The road ahead looks rocky for the GOP.
GOP candidate Carly Fiorina gave a feisty performance at Wednesday’s debate.
Carly Fiorina was the only newcomer on the main debate stage Wednesday night. Having battled her way into prime time, did she manage to stand out?
An image by Nilufer Demir dominates news coverage.
Powerful images – like the one of Aylan Kurdi that flooded the Internet last week – can spark political change.
Where did the children go post-Katrina?
There were only 3,964 seniors in the graduating New Orleans class of 2015, which represents only half of the original cohort of babies. What happened to the missing children?
Hamilton is shown whispering into Ben Franklin’s ear in Howard Chandler Christy’s depiction of the signing of the Constitution.
Alexander Hamilton and the policies he pursued as America's first treasury secretary set the US on a course of national unity. That’s just what Europe needs today.
Sandra Bland’s body is removed from a Texas jail.
Waller County Sheriff's Office/via REUTERS
With the rate of suicide on the rise, it's time to train law enforcement officials to recognize the signs of mental illness.
There’s still lots of untapped potential with mobile advertising.
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The data tell the story: mobile ads work.
Ken Kendricks Jr puts his hands together in prayer at a makeshift memorial to Michael Brown on August 22 2014.
A movement grew out of Michael Brown's death one year ago. The people in #BlackLivesMatter want us to fully witness violence against black youth. Their tools are cell phones and social media.
Angry messages taped up outside Palmer’s dental office were repeated thousands of times online.
Palmer was publicly shamed to a degree that's only possible in a world connected by social media. Could any good come from it?
How much of the research in these journals could be reproduced?
Tobias von der Haar
It's a problem when much of what winds up in scientific journals isn't replicable, for various reasons. The research community is taking baby steps toward addressing the "reproducibility crisis."
Forgiveness, as we have seen in the aftermath of the Charleston killings, is a hallmark of the Black Church. But what psychic toll do these acts of forgiveness exact?
Gathering data at the calving front of the Ilulissat Glacier, Greenland.
To create accurate models that predict how ice sheets and oceans will react to changing climate, modelers need precise current data. One researcher heads to the ends of the earth to collect just that.
In bank stress tests, what’s worse: runs or lemons (the other kind)?
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US regulators chose to reveal detailed information to the public about the state of the banks. They were able to be so transparent, without triggering a run, because of a strong fiscal backstop.
The production of indicators, such as the World Economic Forum’s ranking of economies on competitiveness, is a political process.
Reuters/Victor Ruiz Garcia
Governance indicators have become essential for policy formation and political decision-making, helping us make sense of the messy social world, manage and govern it.
With c-sections becoming so common, it’s time that we started to investigate what that means for child health.
Baby via www.shutterstock.com.
As more and more babies are delivered by cesarean section, we need to start investigating what that means for their long-term health.