A line of people outside the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles.
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How can we possibly know how many millions of people are living in the U.S. illegally? Demographers have actually refined a simple formula that's worked pretty well since the 1970s.
Senator John F. Kennedy speaks to supporters at Chicago Stadium four days before the 1960 election.
While it's unprecedented to call an election 'rigged' before voting has even taken place, there is a history of candidates crying foul after suspicious results.
Cheerleaders and smartphones are in the Supreme Court’s hands.
The Supreme Court is considering two cases stemming from the merger of design and function that could reshape intellectual property law. Can we protect innovation without impeding fair competition?
Digital media has feasted off Donald Trump’s lies.
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Lies, Twitter bots and sensation reign in the era of for-profit digital media.
A protester jumps over a wall erected at Washington State University.
Spending more on border control hasn't stopped migrants from crossing the border. Neither will a wall. Here's why.
Pendant la grossesse, les femmes peuvent ressentir d’étranges fringales.
La grossesse s’accompagne d’une cohorte de bouleversements que les neurosciences n’ont pas fini d’explorer : la maladresse, les fringales et les sautes d’humeur.
Do we contain the most elaborate set of instructions?
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The answer – fewer than are in a banana – has implications for the study of human health and raises questions about what generates complexity anyway.
President Barack Obama tours Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument on Midway Atoll, U.S.
President Obama has set aside more water and land than any president in history. But he didn't invent unilateral presidential powers.
La grossesse s’accompagne d’une cohorte de bouleversements que les neurosciences n’ont pas fini d’explorer : nausées, odorat surdéveloppé et problèmes de mémoire.
Pas si facile d'échapper aux préjugés. Les réactions de défiance vis-à-vis de ce que nous considérons comme extérieur s'ancrent dans nos cerveaux, héritage de l'évolution. Mais tout n'est pas dit...
Damage from Hurricane Matthew in North Charleston, South Carolina, October 2016.
Conservative commentators accused government officials last week of hyping risks from Hurricane Matthew. A meteorologist explains why this is impossible in the internet era.
The guided missile destroyer USS Barry deploys to sea from Naval Station Norfolk ahead of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Politicians are still debating whether climate change is real, but military planners call it a serious threat. A retired rear admiral explains how climate change affects U.S. national security.
What is teacher quality?
On the occasion of World Teacher's Day, on Oct. 5, a scholar explains why borrowing teacher quality models from high-scoring countries such as Finland, South Korea or Singapore is not effective.
Humility might have gone out of politics. But why does it matter?
At a time when politics is showing its most divisive side, a scholar argues that embracing humility could help us deal with hidden biases.
Mitt Romney and Barack Obama trade barbs during the 2012 presidential race.
Policy nuances often fail to stick in the minds of debate viewers. It's all about delivering the most memorable moment.
Hunter Woodhall of the United States leads the 4x100m race before the team was disqualified, giving the victory to the squad from Germany.
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An Access World News database search says everything you need to know: Type in 'Deflategate' and you'll get nearly twice as many hits as 'Paralympics.'
Natural soaps without antibiotics may be better for you than ones with triclosan.
The FDA banned the use of 19 antiseptics in hand soaps, saying that the soaps' makers had not shown that the chemicals did any good. Here's why the chemicals actually might have been doing harm.
The FitzPatrick nuclear plant in Oswego, New York will receive state subsidies to continue operating through 2029.
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A nuclear engineer makes the case that nuclear power plants are important resources and should receive economic rewards for providing steady supplies of carbon-free electricity.
Racewalkers turn a corner – keeping one foot on the ground – during the women’s 20-km event at the 2012 London Olympics.
Racewalking has been part of the Olympic Games since 1904, but gets little respect in the United States. That might change if Americans knew a little more about it.
Does it make sense to target female athletes with high testosterone levels? Caster Semenya competes in the women’s 800-meter semifinal during the London Olympics.
Some women naturally produce high levels of testosterone. Why is this innate condition treated differently from other conditions that potentially enhance athletic performance?