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‘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.
Vasopressin may be used to treat social deficits in children with autism. kids with ball, from shutterstock.com

Autistic kids low on vital social hormone, study suggests

Increasing autistic children's levels of vasopressin, a hormone that regulates social behaviour, could help treat the social deficits common to autism, research suggests.
The digital revolution is changing higher education. Head image via www. shutterstock.com

The end of college? Or a new beginning?

Kevin Carey's new book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere, envisions a future in which good education will be available to everyone everywhere.
The director of the Paris mosque, Dalil Boubakeur, in the front line Stephane Mahe/Reuters

The cycle of anti-Muslim discrimination in France is likely to worsen

Muslims in France and the French host population are locked in a discriminatory equilibrium. This is the conclusion, summarized in our soon-to-be published book, of a six-year research program that investigates…
Hurricane Sandy pummeled cities along the east coast in 2012, causing billions of dollars of damage. Shutterstock

The economic cost of climate change: time for new math

Climate change is as much an economic problem as an environmental one. The effects of climate change, such as damage from more severe weather or health problems from higher temperatures, will impose a…

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