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Can machine learning help us find – and reduce – gender bias? Doctor/nurse via shutterstock.com

Removing gender bias from algorithms

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. Jim Young/Reuters

Election legitimacy at risk, even without a November cyberattack

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.
Warren Buffett’s voice has been one of the loudest arguing it’s time to raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires like him. Rick Wilking/Reuters

Are we ready to raise taxes on the rich? History says no

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.
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Who feels the heat first?

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. Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

Passer à une économie décarbonée, c’est pour quand ?

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.
‘Decarbonizing’ the energy system is above all an infrastructure problem. m-i-k-e/flickr

How fast can we transition to a low-carbon energy system?

Dealing with climate change will require countries to 'decarbonize' their energy infrastructure. The history of infrastructure suggests this could happen quickly once the transition starts.
Packets of synthetic cannabinoids illegally sold in New York City. Sebastien Malo/Reuters

Labs make new, dangerous synthetic cannabinoid drugs faster than we can ban them

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.

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