Law and science seek proof in similar ways, but at very different speeds.
What is proof? In both law and science, it's basically a consensus of experts – but they work at very different speeds. That means juries may reach verdicts on an issue before the science is settled.
What came first – all-seeing Gods or complex societies?
God the Father and Angel, Guercino Giovan Francesco Barbieri via Wikimedia Commons
God only started watching over us quite recently, according to a new study that analysed 414 societies from 30 world regions.
Preliminary drawing of title page for ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ (New York: Harper & Row, 1963), 26:7, The Maurice Sendak Collection.
Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Library. © The Maurice Sendak Foundation.
The book took eight years from conception to publication. In the earliest dummy, the monsters that millions have grown to love actually started out as horses.
A Landsat view of Mount St. Helens in 2011.
U.S. Geological Survey
Since 2008, Landsat data has been free for the world to use, spurring new applications and scientific research. But that door could soon slam shut.
Henry David Thoreau lived at 255 Main Street in Concord, Massachusetts from 1850 until his death in 1862.
Many people associate Henry David Thoreau with solitude in the outdoors. But Thoreau understood in the mid-1800s that there was no such thing as nature separate from humans.
The Periodic Table of the Elements.
Hydrogen is the first element in the periodic table and essential for life on Earth. It may also be key to shifting away from fossil fuels toward clean sources of energy, but challenges remain.
Some charter school operators make profits by leasing space to themselves at unusually high rates.
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Charter school operators have been capitalizing on lax laws that let them lease building space to themselves at above-market rates. A simple ban could end the practice, two education scholars argue.
A Ugandan family works on their farm near the capital Kampala.
Little effort has been made to improve the quality control of the seed supply chain as a whole in Uganda.
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Cualquiera que haya tenido la gripe puede atestiguar que se siente fatal. Pero, ¿por qué? ¿Qué está sucediendo dentro del cuerpo que produce tanto dolor y malestar? Una inmunóloga lo explica.
Un monstruo de Gila (Heloderma suspectum).
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El monstruo de Gila proporcionó a los humanos un tratamiento para la diabetes. ¿Qué otros milagros médicos estamos perdiendo por no proteger la vida silvestre y los ecosistemas?
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Los investigadores están explorando las diferencias genéticas que determinan por qué algunas personas sufren más dolor que otras, y cómo traducir sus hallazgos en tratamientos personalizados.
The Gila monster.
The Gila monster gave humans a treatment for diabetes. What other medical miracles are we losing by failing to protect wildlife and ecosystems?
Natural supplements may be popular, but they can have dangerous side effects when they include prescription drugs.
Men who can't take drugs for erectile dysfunction and overweight people who can't lose weight sometimes turn to natural supplements, thinking they are safe. Many times, they are not.
Habitantes de Ciudad de México navegan por la web en una “aldea digital” en 2015 dentro del programa del Gobierno para asegurar el acceso a Internet de todos los ciudadanos.
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México hizo de la conectividad a Internet un derecho constitucional en 2013, pero la mayoría de las personas pobres aún no tienen acceso. De obtenerlo, gozarían de una mayor movilidad económica.
Mexicans surf the web at a ‘digital village’ in Mexico City in 2015, part of the country’s effort to get all citizens online.
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Mexico made internet connectivity a constitutional right in 2013, but most poor people still aren't online. Research shows that internet access would give these residents more economic mobility.
Certaines personnes supportent moins bien la douleur…
Comprendre pourquoi certaines personnes sont plus sensibles à la douleur que d’autres permettrait de mettre au point des traitements personnalisés beaucoup plus efficaces.
It doesn’t matter what exercise you choose, just move.
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The new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans have just been released, and here is the bottom line: Just move. Bike, walk, run or lift weights. It all counts toward your weekly exercise quota.
Former University of Maryland football coach DJ Durkin pictured on the field in an undated photo.
Even though Maryland college football coach DJ Durkin has been fired, his 11th hour ouster will not rid college football of some of its deepest problems, argue two scholars on race and college sports.
Bottles of Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer in the United Kingdom, relabelled by activists to highlight the World Health Organization’s judgment that its main ingredient is a probable carcinogen.
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Thousands of people are suing Monsanto, claiming that its Roundup herbicide gave them cancer. A California judge has reduced the first damage award but let the verdict against Monsanto stand.
Some people feel more pain than others.
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Researchers are exploring the genetic differences that dictate why some people suffer greater pain than others, and how to translate these findings into personalized pain treatments.