Why does that one video crack you up?
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One viral video might leave you in stitches; another leaves you cold. Psychology researchers have worked out several theories of humor to explain why.
A high school talks over a civics assignment in an advanced placement class.
Only about 40-45 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds turned out to vote in the 2012 election. Civic education can improve youth turnout. But civic education itself remains neglected in US schools.
A hydro-responsive thread can be used with sensors to monitor body functions.
Alonso Nichols, Tufts University
Flexible, easy to make, inexpensive, stretchable and simple to coat with nanomaterials, threads are also very commonly used by doctors already.
Chinese dancers perform during the launching of a promotion in Shanghai in 2004, the year China became Coca-Cola’s biggest Asian market.
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Uber's 'retreat' from China has led to soul-searching about whether the country is worth it. Don't tell that to Coca-Cola and GM, however, which have found great success in the People's Republic.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wins the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
Scholars share their research with former combatants in Colombia, after a majority of Colombians voted against a peace deal. Can understanding reintegration help peace negotiations move forward?
Olympic rowers train in waters near Rio. The lack of sufficient treatment has raised health concerns for athletes.
Expecting the rest of the world to adopt expensive, centralized sewage treatments systems common in the U.S. is not realistic.
As problems occur, rapid design adjustment will advance autonomous cars’ abilities.
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Sometimes a user's death causes technology development to slow down – but other times, progress speeds up to address the newly uncovered problems.
Women are making inroads in the solar industry, but still represent only about 25 percent of the U.S. solar work force.
Women are underrepresented in the energy sector at a time of rapid change and demand for new talent. Hiring more women could make energy companies more innovative and speed the shift to clean fuels.
President Obama with UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
Obama has said he expects European allies to chip in their fair share of defense spending, and European public opinion supports it. But as a Tufts expert points out, many challenges in Europe remain.
Orlando, Florida, June 13, 2016.
How is the electorate reacting to Trump's call for surveillance of American mosques? A survey taken after the 9/11 attacks suggests some answers.
Host James Corden performs with all the nominees during the 70th annual Tony Awards.
On the surface – and when compared to the Oscars – the 2016 Tonys looked like a groundbreaking moment for diversity in entertainment. But when it comes to inclusion, Broadway has a long way to go.
The computer does more of the work than you might think.
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Pairing more powerful computers with increasingly sensitive scanners can yield many benefits in medicine and other fields.
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Who's more likely to help you find a job, your close friends or the casual acquaintance you see at the gym? An examination of Facebook friends offers some clues.
What are America’s children learning in civics classes?
Ninety-seven percent of high school seniors have studied civics in school. While they can recall facts, they are unable to apply that knowledge to current politics. Why is that?
Quand les robots seront capable de refuser un ordre.
Savoir dire non permet aux humains de se prémunir des conséquences négatives d’un acte et de respecter l’éthique. Les robots n’en sont pas capables. Comment leur apprendre ?
Is this robot refusing a human order?
How can we humans avoid harmful results of robot obedience?
Bernie Sanders supporters line up in California.
The RNC and DNC are indifferent to young voters -- and the young voters are returning the favor.
Patient-specific aorta models with diseased coronary arteries.
Computer simulation and 3D printing are allowing scientists to develop faster, safer ways to test medical devices without installing them in live humans or animals.
A molecular beam epitaxy machine used to create semiconductor samples.
John C. Bean (University of Virginia) and Tom Vandervelde (Tufts University)
As we reach the limits of what can be done with silicon, the search for new and improved superconductors is on.
Too much of what we know about Africa is still coming from outside the continent.
African academics should be leading the pack when it comes to producing research and information about the continent. So what's holding them back?