Historically, the high-water mark for American dissatisfaction with government was the 1970s — the era of Vietnam, Nixon and Watergate.
AP Photo/John Duricka
Russian meddling has shaken Americans' faith in democracy. But public discontent after a scandal is hardly new. Trust in government began to erode under Nixon, and it's mostly worsened since then.
Maasai women on a conservation project in Kenya.
Joan de la Malla
A new map shows that more than 25% of all land outside Antarctica is held and managed by Indigenous peoples. This makes these communities vital allies in the global conservation effort.
Detainees at Otay Mesa immigration detention center in San Diego.
Trump’s executive order to end family separations at the border is too little too late, a human rights expert writes. Indefinitely detaining immigrants is breaking the law.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos stated recently that guns are not a focus of a federal school safety commission meant to tackle school shootings.
After Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said a school safety commission won't focus on guns, a school safety scholar says the commission may miss an important part of the discussion.
Computer-generated dinosaurs walk the Earth.
Universal Pictures Studios
The first time computer-generated characters interacted with humans on a movie screen was 25 years ago, in 'Jurassic Park.' Since then, technology has improved, giving directors more choices.
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a Cabinet meeting in Moscow’s Kremlin.
Vladimir Putin's recent re-election was bad news for democracy in Russia. And it's a major loss in the struggle for liberalism, as anti-democratic leaders are assuming power across the globe.
A student retrieves her belongings from Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, where a gunman opened fire on May 18 and killed 10 people.
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School climate and culture are just as important, if not more, than security measures when it comes to preventing school violence, a scholar argues.
Should an algorithm try to guess what gender people are by how they look?
It can be unpleasant to be mistaken for someone of a different gender. When an algorithm does it secretly, it's even more concerning – especially for transgender and gender-nonconforming people.
An artist’s illustration of a black hole “eating” a star.
Astronomers are gathering an exponentially greater amount of data every day – so much that it will take years to uncover all the hidden signals buried in the archives.
A mother in the Mother Goose on the Loose program reading to her infant.
University of Maryland Medical System Foundation
A new program has been show to help parents of preemies use their voice to foster their premature baby’s language development. The findings are hopeful, the researchers behind the program say.
Securing your home’s connection to the internet.
Here's how to secure your home network, whether or not it has already been attacked by hackers.
Cities and towns are becoming more technologically sophisticated – but remain vulnerable to attack.
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Local governments don't pay much attention to cybersecurity, leaving them vulnerable to hijacking as happened to Atlanta and Baltimore.
Police help students at Great Mills High School in Maryland, after a shooting there in March 2018.
A new law and Maryland calls for an expanded law enforcement presence in Maryland schools. But lack of funding and inadequate training could potentially undermine the initiative.
Snow on the ground after a winter storm.
NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response
Why can't meteorologists call the weather correctly every time? Blame the battle of the weather models.
Flapping flags flutter.
Whether or not you’ve ever used the word flutter, you’ve encountered the phenomenon – in flags, airplanes, bridges and more. Mathematicians are still figuring out exactly why and how this happens.
Demonstrators in front of the White House protest inaction on gun control.
A recent cut to federal funding for school safety research could hurt efforts to make schools more secure, a scholar warns.
What’s inside Olympians’ skis?
AP Photo/Luca Bruno
Highly engineered composite materials let skis ride smoothly, carve neatly and turn quickly – for top athletes and regular consumers alike.
Times Square traffic jam.
New York soon may charge a fee to drive into central Manhattan as a way of reducing traffic and raising funds for public transit. An urban scholar says this step is overdue in the United States.
The tech sector has long had a diversity problem.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson
Amazon, like the entire tech sector, has suffered from a lack of diversity in its workforce. This trend is likely to continue when it opens a second headquarters in one of 20 cities.
Is this cloud secure?
Storing data in the cloud is convenient, but how secure is it? And what are users' options for stepping up their data security?