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.
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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.
At yesterday’s COP21 science briefing, University of Reading climate scientist Ed Hawkins displayed a chilling (pun intended) colour-coded world map. Nation by nation, it showed which countries are already…
La décarbonisation du système énergétique est avant tout un problème d’infrastructure.
Le décollage en matière de production d’électricité renouvelable a déjà commencé et devrait continuer à progresser rapidement. C’est ce que nous enseigne l’histoire des infrastructures.
A particularly fruitful moment for technological innovation?
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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.