What makes a brain tick is very different from how computers operate.
Brain functions integrate and compress multiple components of an experience, including sight and smell – which simply can't be handled in the way computers sense, process and store data.
The world’s smallest frog can fit on a dime.
E.N. Rittmeyer et al. (2012)
Scientists have identified the world's smallest animal - for now. It could be possible smaller creatures exist that have not yet been discovered.
Anti-vaccine protesters at a rally.
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Studies have shown that the reasons for anti-vaccine sentiment run deep, and scientific facts don't often matter. A new study drills deeper into reasons for resistance and possible ways to counteract them.
Researchers pour a barrel of hagfish into a holding tank aboard a research vessel about 20 miles off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Hagfish have been called the most disgusting creatures in the ocean. But what are they?
Heavily built-up areas can experience more disastrous damage in an earthquake.
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Engineers know how and where to build to minimize earthquake damage. But laws don't always reflect that wisdom. A new study suggests it's because of a mismatch between risk perceptions and reality.
Professional mountain climbers installing synthetic, waterproof tarps over the gutted, exposed exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral.
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The influence of Notre Dame Cathedral extended into every part of the life of Paris. The cathedral school was the training ground for medieval thinkers and the place of birth of the first university.
An election official checks a voter’s photo identification at an early voting polling site in Austin, Texas.
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States may have passed these laws with the aim of reducing turnout. But new evidence suggests that they have a minimal or nonexistent effect.
Worldwide, 1 in 10 presidents and prime ministers has relatives who were already in politics. Europe and Latin America, both democratic regions, have the highest proportion of leaders who come from political families.
To reach the highest rungs of power, a new study shows, it really helps if your dad was president.
The US is not the only country with a stake in North Korea’s denuclearization.
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With all the drama between Trump and Kim, it’s easy to forget that the US is not the only nation involved in denuclearizing North Korea. China is hugely influential — but it's not clear quite how.
A professor teaches an online class with students from around the world.
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Artificial intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, traditional universities.
What’s the link between technology and consciousness?
Researchers' views depend in part on what technology is (or will be) capable of – and in part on what consciousness actually is.
Using the internet is what matters.
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Giving rural residents the option of using broadband access isn't enough to boost their community involvement. To really improve civic engagement, rural dwellers need to use the internet.
Can Trump restore America’s manufacturing might through threats and incentives?
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States have been using tax breaks and other incentives like the kind Trump dangled before Carrier for years. There's little evidence they work, and in fact they may lead to widening inequality.
Getting internet access to rural areas can be difficult.
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Only 55 percent of people living in rural areas have access to the speeds that currently qualify as broadband, while 94 percent of the urban population does.
Trump versus Clinton – who would win?
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Using a new model that considers state-by-state polling, statisticians from Oklahoma State look at who would win the presidential election if it were held today.
A line snakes down the sidewalk at Western High School in Las Vegas during the Nevada Republican presidential caucus.
Simply by voting in a church, you're more likely to support a conservative cause or candidate.
Except for Ben Carson, there’s a slate of clean-shaven candidates.
Beards are in. So why aren't politicians following suit?
Pop quiz! How many of the GOP presidential candidates can you name?
Fox News is using polling to justify their picks for the GOP debate, but the way they averaged those polls was a little fast and loose.
Polling professionals aren’t too happy with Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.
Picking 10 top GOP candidates from five national polls isn't as easy as Fox News wants you to believe. Here are some ways it could – and probably is – going wrong.
Poorer Americans are still connecting to the internet at a snail’s pace, even though broadband is widely available.
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Research suggests that helping low-income households access the internet with broadband connections could bolster job and economic growth.