Warhead-containing nose cone of an inert Minuteman 3 missile.
AP Photo/Charlie Riede
As the US talks up denuclearizing North Korea, a former defense department official takes a look at the status of America's stockpile of nuclear weapons.
Violence in communities may have an additional unseen victim: young peoples’ developing brains.
Experiencing and witnessing violence in their communities can lead to emotional, social and cognitive problems for kids. A new study shows it affects how their developing brains grow, as well.
If you’re convinced Nessie’s real, would science unconvince you?
AP Photo/Norm Goldstein
If you're committed to a belief, it's hard to let go. Psychology and philosophy provide different ways to think about how skeptics respond to counterevidence.
Today many Americans see universities negatively. But, as the dean of USC Dornsife argues, academia has a unique capacity to solve society's problems. Yes, astrophysicists can help law enforcement.
A North Korean newscaster reports on the Inter-Korean summit during an April 28 broadcast.
Korean Central Television
The reclusive country’s media is tightly controlled and choreographed. But a close look at the tone and focus of the coverage can shed light on the regime’s priorities and resolve.
Xi Jinping votes on a constitutional amendment lifting presidential term limits.
Recent changes to China's constitution signal loud and clear that any hope for a path to democracy must be checked with reality.
Headline of a planned summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump.
AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon
A former US Department of Defense and State Department official explains why a hard-line approach on North Korea will likely fail, as it did with Iran.
There are many myths associated with St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. But Patrick's own writings and early biographies reveal the person behind the legend.
The admired US ambassador to Mexico is resigning, even as the two countries spat over trade, immigration and Trump's tweets. Can this critical diplomatic relationship survive yet another problem?
George Brich/AP Photo
Only recently did it come to represent the dream of fame.
Moviegoers familiarize themselves with the joystick that will allow them to interact with the film ‘I’m Your Man’ during its premiere on Dec. 16, 1992.
AP Photo/Richard Harbus
Sound, color and special effects transformed the moviegoing experience. These inventions decidedly did not.
California’s 1994 fight over immigration parallels the present-day U.S.
AP Photo/Nick Ut
In the 1990s, older Californians struggled to make way for a younger, more diverse generation. Here’s how that 'racial generation gap’ transformed the state – and what it means for the rest of the US.
Relics of St. Valentine of Terni at the basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin.
Dnalor 01 (Own work)
Valentine's Day originated as a feast to celebrate the decapitation of a third-century Christian martyr, or perhaps two. So how did the day become a celebration of love?
Confucius deemed reflection the best way to wisdom.
The ancient Chinese teacher called reflection the best way to become wise, yet we rarely consider it a core trait of a great leader. It's time for that to change.
King of a technologically advanced country, Black Panther is a scientific genius.
Seeing black lead characters who are accomplished scientists could be just the thing to help inspire future generations to follow in their footsteps.
President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.
Trump touted his administration's economic successes and laid out his immigration plan in an 80-minute speech to Congress. Our experts weigh in.
Some found his message a bit dissonant.
Trump's keynote address in Davos struck a discordant note with many of those in attendance, including this one.
North Korean women work at the cashier table of a bookstore in Pyongyang, North Korea.
AP Photo/Ng Han Guan
The state-produced stories, which include tales about apartment lotteries, theme parks and the Clintons, might seem absurd. But they offer a window into the regime's priorities and anxieties.
Searching for victims after a rain-triggered mudslide that blanketed a village and killed at least 178 people in north China’s Shanxi province, Sept. 13, 2008.
AP Photo/Andy Wong
While the Montecito, California mudslides took 20 lives, landslides kill far more people in developing countries. Tighter construction standards and early warning systems could help reduce their toll.
Science is one thread of culture – and entertainment, including graphic books, can reflect that.
'The Dialogues,' by Clifford V. Johnson (MIT Press 2017)
You might not think much about science topics as part of your everyday life. But science – like art, music, religion – is part of our culture, and scientists can help it reclaim its rightful place.