The FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The Orphan Drug Act was enacted 34 years ago to encourage the development of drugs for rare diseases. Drug companies were guaranteed seven years of exclusivity. Then the rush was on to run up prices.
Trolling can spread from person to person.
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You might think that trolling on the internet is done by a small, vocal minority of sociopaths. But what if all trolls aren’t born trolls? What if they are ordinary people like you and me?
An insider can bypass many layers of security.
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Basic safeguards are not enough to protect against insider threats. It requires rethinking how to overcome the biases that cause us to dismiss the danger.
Unmasking identities online.
You might think you're anonymous when you're browsing the web. But a new study shows that browsing history can often be tied to your real-world identity.
Jeff Sessions gets ready to face the Senate Judiciary Committee.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
When serving as Alabama's attorney general, Sessions supported a bill that would have expanded the state's death penalty -- even past the point where it was constitutional.
Damage from a 2010 explosion and fire in San Bruno, California, caused by a leaking natural gas pipeline. The disaster killed eight people.
Infrared cameras are the technology of choice for detecting gas leaks across the US. New research shows that these cameras can be quite inaccurate, and leaks can persist without being detected.
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Cab drivers have long discriminated against African-Americans and other minority groups. New research suggests ride-hailing apps haven't solved the problem.
President-elect Donald Trump during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Dec. 15, 2016.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke
President-elect Trump has said the issue of gay marriage is settled, yet he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade, which upheld a woman's right to abortion. What will he do once he becomes president?
Rice paddies are one of the major sources of methane in agriculture.
Methane concentrations in the atmosphere are growing at a faster rate than any time in the past 20 years.
Many changes in electricity generation are already en route, regardless of regulations.
The 'war on coal' is not really a result of onerous regulations but a combination of market forces over which a Trump administration has limited control.
Whom should I save?
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As self-driving cars proliferate, we need a system to handle difficult situations.
China’s concerns about air pollution from burning coal is one reason behind the emissions slowdown.
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For three years, carbon emissions from fossil fuels have grown little or not at all, opening a window of opportunity to halt climate change.
People around the world woke up to a new U.S. president-elect.
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Four of our economic scholars weigh in on Trump's legislative agenda, healing the divide, uncertainty and something known as the 'presidential puzzle.'
The great grey owl is imperiled by intensive logging of northern-hemisphere forests.
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The jury is in and the debate is over: Earth’s sixth great extinction has arrived.
The New Jersey Transit system train that crashed in Hoboken lacked mandated auto-stopping technology used on other trains.
The New Jersey Transit train that crashed in Hoboken didn't have a mandated auto-stopping safety system. Why not?
Can machine learning help us find – and reduce – gender bias?
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Algorithms that learn from large data sets can pick up inherent social biases. That could perpetuate the biases, or even worsen them.
Seeking a peaceful handover of power between parties and political opponents.
It's true that sophisticated hackers may be able to tilt the presidential election. But the more likely threat to democracy comes from sore losers who sow doubt about voting integrity.
Seized counterfeit hydrocodone tablets.
Drug Enforcement Administration/Handout via Reuters
Counterfeit drugs and heroin laced with illicitly made fentanyl have been linked to overdoses across the country. So what can be done?
Trump speaks to the Detroit Economic Club at the Cobo Center in Detroit.
Trump revisited familiar themes during his economic address in Detroit and offered a few new ones. Two of our economic experts express their takeaways.
A polarized nation.
Income inequality and political polarization have both surged in recent decades and are the worst they've ever been. Is one causing the other?