Parents go to great lengths to make their kids believe the Santa myth.
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Most children are not likely to believe that fish live on the moon. What makes children accept some stories and be skeptical about others?
Are OPEC’s cuts all smoke?
Hasan Jamali/AP Photo
To see why, one must only consider the core economic principle of supply and demand.
Hillary Clinton supporters at a Clinton watch party in Austin, Texas.
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How southern accents, Puerto Ricans and bias at the polls could change the map of traditional swing states as we know it.
A voter at a polling station during the New York primary elections in the Manhattan borough of New York City.
How white Republicans and white Democrats feel about Muslims is influencing their candidate choice as well as willingness to vote in the 2016 election.
While Green Party candidates win elections and make policy in Germany, here the Green Party barely registers. Why? Contrasting electoral systems, and the fact that U.S. Greens run as purists, not as politicians.
Let’s see how this works.
Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Most people have a very limited understanding of what engineers do – and we engineers don't do a good job of expanding that view. But if we did, the benefits could be impressive.
Prendre des photos pour les partager sur les réseaux sociaux, une fin en soi ?
Notre tendance à documenter visuellement nos vies via les réseaux sociaux transforme en profondeur notre rapport à l’attention.
U.S. Coast Guard vessels battle the fire on the Deepwater Horizon while searching for survivors from the rig’s 126-person crew.
U.S. Coast Guard/Wikipedia
The new movie 'Deepwater Horizon' depicts the blowout that triggered the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A professor of petroleum engineering assesses what the film gets right and wrong.
Patient and doctor in hospital room.
Almost half of all needle sticks in a hospital may be unnecessary, a recent study shows. There's a way to be done with one, thus avoiding the pain of extra sticks.
What do black Americans experience in the school system?
What are the race-related struggles that African-American students experience throughout their school years? Here's the story of Tyrone.
Mandoza at the South African music Awards in 2012.
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Kwaito music star Mandoza was an important symbolic figure in the post-apartheid cultural scene. His success and his refusal to relinquish his tsotsi identity redefined what kind of man could be respected in a free South African.
Domestic energy production, both fossil fuels and renewables, has surged in the past decade, yet policy priorities haven’t.
Presidential candidates need to talk more about energy and address a tough question: what does the government do well on energy policy and what it should stay out of?
What if the person flipping the coin cheats?
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A new way to generate random numbers can improve mathematics, cybersecurity and even predictions about the future. How does it work, and what does it mean for us?
A woman protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by Baton Rouge police.
No federal database provides reliable info on deaths that occur in police custody. It’s the same situation in 48 states. But now California and Texas are offering new models of accountability.
What will be the impact of allowing guns on campus?
Do guns on campus threaten the very ideology of American higher education -- one that encourages critical thinking and intense scrutiny?
Cotton ready for harvest.
Bees and other pollinating insects are under stress worldwide. Research in South Texas shows that simple steps like planting wildflowers near fields can help pollinators and boost farmers' profits.
Partially demolished houses in the Vila Autodromo favela, with the Olympic Park in the background.
An architect rides through the streets of Rio amidst a cacophony of drills and jackhammers. He wonders: Is it worth it? What will the legacy of all this construction be?
Diamond Reynolds at a rally at the governor’s residence, St Paul, Minnesota on July 7, 2016.
The dead are not the only victims of police violence. Those left behind also suffer trauma and long-term health effects.
The police accountability, or cop-watching, movement includes activists who go out on regular patrols to videotape arrests.
Mary Angela Bock
With citizens filming police, and police recording public encounters, the key to the truth is establishing a clear timeline of events.
Benjamin Franklin observed many things about health, including the adverse effect of lead type.
Benjamin Franklin was the most famous man of his era not only because of his role in founding our country. He had a keen interest in health, with many ideas that hold up today.