How do government agencies make decisions?
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Data-driven algorithms drive decision-making in ways that touch our economic, social and civic lives. But they contain inherent biases and assumptions that are too often invisible to the public.
Behavior change is key to decreasing domestic violence.
Should those convicted of domestic violence be punished differently? A professor from the University of Maryland thinks harsher policies may make the problem worse.
Trump’s popularity reflects a broader cultural phenomenon.
Research from the University of Maryland suggests that 'Trump culture' is part of human culture, and has its roots in warfare, famine and natural disasters.
Nitrogen is one of the most important nutrients for soils and Africa doesn’t have enough.
Nitrogen inputs in African soil must be carefully used. If they're not, there will be unintended consequences for the environment and human health.
Justice scale and flag.
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Many observers have called for criminal prosecutions in Flint, Michigan's water crisis. A law professor with experience in federal and state government reviews the laws that may have been broken.
Supreme Court justices at the State of the Union: will its surprising EPA decision be seen as an environmental version of the controversial Bush v. Gore?
By halting Obama's cornerstone climate policy before considering its legality, the Supreme Court could further tarnish its partisan reputation.
Language learning is not a passive process in which children simply absorb and copy their parents.
Children don't learn all aspects of language from their parents, but invent a language structure themselves.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah.
Behind the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon lie decades of controversy over federal control of public land in western states.
Locked down? Obama, with Secretary of State John Kerry, committed to further cuts in emissions from the US at Paris climate summit.
Could future presidents unravel the commitments to cut emissions the US has made at the Paris climate summit?
Anti-immigration march in Riesa, Germany, September 9 2015.
Many Western policies that aim to prevent terrorism may actually be causing it.
It is a rarely discussed fact that some police officers commit domestic violence.
Police are entrusted with enforcing the laws against domestic violence – the same laws that some are breaking in their own relationships.
Nutrient runoff is one of the major contributors to crown-of-thorns outbreaks.
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Despite 15 years of concerted action by the Australian and Queensland governments the health of the reef is not improving and in fact may be continuing to deteriorate.
Police in NSW will soon be equipped with body cameras – as will their counterparts on Queensland’s Gold Coast in domestic violence incidents.
Police-worn body cameras could be a helpful tool for law enforcement in cases involving domestic violence. But they could also have unintended consequences.
How do people make social choices?
A professor's extra credit question goes to show how, as humans, we do care for each other. The challenge is: how do we apply it to more pressing problems of the world?
Obama announces the EPA Clean Power Plan at the White House.
A panel of scholars provide analysis of the Obama administration's EPA Clean Power Plan and its impact on the electricity sector, the climate and politics at home and abroad.
Unmanned aircraft, better known as drones, could have positive spin-offs for the African continent.
Drones have a positive role to play on the African continent, from delivering medicines to fighting poaching and even giving visitors to game parks a head-up on where to spot the game.
Walking in sync.
A scholars' panel looks at the diplomacy, the science and the pragmatism behind the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed between Iran and six world powers.
A school run by Bridge International Academies in Nairobi, Kenya.
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The Bank has come under fire for its investment in Bridge Academies, which runs a network of schools in East Africa.
Federal public land tends to return less revenue than state-run land because of bureaucracy and inefficient management.
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After 100 years of policies pushing federal land management, it's time to admit they've been a costly failure.
Now what will the people think?
Polls in Iran and US underscore the mutual popular mistrust that could scuttle a final deal.