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.
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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?
Warren Buffett’s voice has been one of the loudest arguing it’s time to raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires like him.
Two centuries of tax policy show efforts to raise taxes on the rich hinge on questions of fairness. The history also suggests proponents have a tough road ahead.
If you’re prone to snack when stressed, a pile of dirty dishes might put you over the edge.
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A new study highlights how the condition of your kitchen may affect unhealthy snacking.
Tough questions, but minimum wages may not offer solutions.
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The latest economic research suggests there are better ways to narrow the gap between the richest and the poorest.
For some, it’s not so easy to forgive and forget…
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New research highlights how the pain of a breakup can linger for years.
The good old days.
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An examination of orthopedic surgery and knee replacement showed that higher payments were associated with markets dominated by a few large physician groups.
An aerial shot of Tromsø, Norway.
Could a psychological approach alleviate the misery of the cold, dark wet winter?
Leaders celebrate the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Saturday.
The Paris Agreement is an extraordinary achievement. But there is much work to be done to ensure global warming does not exceed dangerous levels.
A particularly fruitful moment for technological innovation?
Viktor M Vasnetsov
Not all technologies are created equal. Researchers devised a new model to explain why, after eons of nothing much new, we sometimes see an explosion of innovation in the archaeological record.
Anti-immigration march in Riesa, Germany, September 9 2015.
Many Western policies that aim to prevent terrorism may actually be causing it.
Packets of synthetic cannabinoids illegally sold in New York City.
Synthetic cannabinoids – drugs that mimic the psychoactive effect of cannabis – have been linked to injuries and deaths. And when one is banned, another rises to take its place.
British singer Sam Smith is known for his soaring falsetto.
Sam Smith's Writing's on the Wall confronts the last taboo of the canon: Bond's hypermasculinity.
Migrants warm up by a fire as they wait to cross into Croatia, October 19 2015.
In the 1920s, refugees were allowed unrestricted passage to countries that needed workers. There's a lesson here.
Demonstration against the death penalty in Paris.
World Coalition Against the Death Penalty
Not only does capital punishment not deter crime but it's more expensive than keeping a convicted murderer in prison for life.
People attend the remembrance of the victims of the Srebrenica massacre on the Plein, in The Hague last week.
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Genocide has occurred throughout history, from the very beginnings of the social organisation of human communities until the present. But working out what do about it is no easy task.