It’s the case of the missing ‘a.’
Nick Lehr/The Conversation via NASA
Armstrong always insisted that he said, 'That’s one small step for a man.' Yet everyone omits the 'a' when they repeat the quote. A linguist tries to get to the bottom of what happened.
Weighing what’s fair takes deliberation.
A decision-making process that relies on intuitive feelings rather than careful deliberation invites a host of biases that make bad decisions and disproportional consequences far more likely.
The bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter lie on the bank of the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico.
AP Photo/Julia Le Duc
A photo of a drowned father and his 23-month-old daughter at the US-Mexico border has prompted horror and outrage on social media. Can it spur aid for migrants?
Sound waves let researchers visualize what’s happening below the surface.
Geophysicists use sound waves to build a picture of the magma and rock beneath this active volcano, most of which is underwater. It's like CT scanning the Earth.
Environ un enfant sur dix qui a subi une commotion cérébrale aura des problèmes à long terme. Mais les erreurs de diagnostic sont fréquentes, empêchant un suivi adéquat.
Brain injury can happen even if you don’t pass out.
About one in ten children who have suffered concussion are thought to have long-term problems.
Archaeological visualization of Angkor Wat at sunset, with site map at upper right.
Tom Chandler, Mike Yeates, Chandara Ung and Brent McKee, Monash University, SensiLab, 2019
Many tourists hold an outdated romanticized image of an abandoned temple emerging from the jungle. But research around Angkor Wat suggests its collapse might be better described as a transformation.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves Southwark Crown Court in London, May 1, 2019.
Julian Assange's indictment under the Espionage Act, a sweeping law with heavy penalties for unauthorized receiving or disclosing of classified information, poses a threat to press freedom.
Thurgood Marshall outside the Supreme Court in Washington in 1958. Marshall, the head of the NAACP’s legal arm who argued part of the case, went on to become the Supreme Court’s first African-American justice.
While the Brown vs. Board of Education case is often celebrated for ordering school desegregation, history shows many black people in the city where the case began opposed integrated schools.
Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen testifies in February at a public hearing at the Washington legislature against limiting legislative branch disclosure.
AP/Ted S. Warren
Government produces millions of pages of records every day: studies, reports, memos, emails, budgets and more. These reports belong to the public, but increasingly, lawmakers are trying to hide them.
Julian Assange goes back to court in London on May 2.
The US indicted WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange for conspiring to hack into a government computer. But the prosecution of Assange may also pose a risk to the rights of journalists in the US.
A U.S. Forest Service employee using a drop torch during a planned burn in Arizona’s Coconino National Forest.
Decades of wildfire suppression have allowed flammable fuels to pile up in US forests. Scientists and managers say careful use of planned fires can reduce risks of large, out-of-control burns.
Free office food isn’t there just to fill your belly.
From Ford to Facebook, companies have long used benefits to mold employee behavior – even incentivizing the 'right' kind of lifestyle.
Flames and smoke rise as fire rages in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.
AP Photo/Thierry Mallet
The Notre Dame Cathedral was long a powerful symbol of church authority - but it wasn't static. The design kept changing to keep up with the changing times.
‘Laugh so you don’t cry’: Venezuelan students crack up as they stand near a damaged mural of Venezuelan independence hero Simon Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 7, 2019.
AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd
The rise of black comedy to explain Venezuela's chaos recalls an old saying in the crisis-stricken South American country: 'Laugh so you don't cry.'
Assembling backpacks of food for students to take home in Flint, Mich.
Kathleen Payton/Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
Backpack programs that give students easily prepared foods, like boxed macaroni and cheese and canned beans, can make a difference.
Anne McClain of NASA runs through procedures in the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft during a vehicle fit check Nov. 20.
Designing for women goes beyond just making gear in a size small. By not tailoring equipment and uniforms for women and other underserved people, we prevent them from reaching their full potential.
If the goal is to communicate, why should the speaker bear all the burden?
It can be hard to understand a non-native speaker of your own language. But conversation is a two-way street and linguists are figuring out how native listeners can improve their half of the interaction.
Grounded Boeing 737 Max airplanes sitting on the tarmac in Washington.
Boeing's response to the crisis over its 737 Max planes has made the company seem defensive and passive. A crisis management expert explains how Boeing could reclaim the narrative.
Rose McGowan, with #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, was among the first women to speak out against Harvey Weinstein.
Workers are increasingly not keeping their employers' secrets secret, as evidenced by the mass whistleblower event that is the #MeToo movement.