Surface oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Andreas Teske, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Genetic analysis shows that marine bacteria broke down much of the oil from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. These findings could lead to more effective cleanups after future spills.
What struggles do black families face over the summer?
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Summer is not an idyllic time for all. Two researchers who are black and are parents to two black children describe why they feel the weight of the summer.
Scientists need to learn how to hit other communication goals.
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Broader goals like building trust, fostering excitement about science and influencing policy decisions don't necessarily just fall into place when researchers focus only on describing their work.
Visitors walk past a field of United States flags displayed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund on the Boston Common. The 37,000 flags are planted in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Revolutionary War to the present.
The culture all veterans share may provide the best support for those struggling with mental health issues.
Spanking is a common parenting practice in the U.S.
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Spanking does not lead to better behavior by children. Instead, it could lead to some adverse, long-term consequences.
It’s not just power-hungry pot farms: the connection between drugs and oil and gas industry runs deep.
It's not just energy-hungry pot farms: the ties between energy and drugs run deep. Can we develop a national drug policy drawing on the lessons of the domestic oil and gas boom?
Has play gone out of kindergarten?
Navy Hale Keiki School
Kindergarteners are under tremendous pressure – doing as many as 15 academic activities in a day, with a shorter recess time. What is the long-term impact?
What does the progress of black students look like?
Statistics on black student graduation rates don't reveal the complete picture: at highly selective colleges and universities, black student graduation rates range from 88 percent to 96 percent.
Posters advertise the dramatization of Sinclair Lewis’ ‘It Can’t Happen Here.’
Sinclair Lewis' 1935 novel 'It Can't Happen Here,' which described the rise of an American dictator, was turned into a play seen by over 500,000 people.
Maybe not, if you work on Wall Street.
Falling homeownership rates, stagnant wages and diminishing retirement savings mean that for more and more Americans, the middle-class dream is slowly dying – if it's not already gone.
There’s been a lot of research on whether being unemployed hurts your ability to get a new job. But what about if you’re working part-time or below your skill level?
Thinking of going solar? Prices are approaching the cost of grid electricity, but only in some places – so far.
When will residential solar be cheaper than the cost of power from the grid? This point of 'grid parity' is a moving target but moving closer in a number of places.
Pi is at the center of all circles.
We know pi appears when we talk about circles. But it appears in many other places, too. Why, pi, why?
The U.S. oil industry is in the doldrums, but there’s not much the next (or current) president can do about it.
The next president will have little power to slow the growth of renewable energy, sliding oil prices or coal's decline.
Introducing a child to the wonder of 3D printing.
Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin
As 3D printing gets cheaper and easier to use, what might children - the next generation of innovators - make?
When we’re flooded with images, how much of their content do we retain?
Penelope Umbrico, '541,795 Suns from Sunsets from Flickr (Partial) 01/23/06,' 2006-ongoing, detail, 2500 4 inch x 6 inch c-prints. Courtesy Mark Moore Gallery and Bruce Silverstein Gallery.
Snapping and sharing photographs has never been easier. But being inundated with images can have a host of unintended consequences, from heightened anxiety to impaired memory.
Women read Zika virus flyers at the departures area of Santiago’s international airport, January 28, 2016.
Models based on where the mosquitoes that transmit Zika are found and human travel patterns to and from infected areas are key to predicting where the virus will spread.
Why do immigrant kids perform poorly in school?
School and teacher attitudes have a lot to answer for when it comes to the achievement gap between immigrant and non-immigrant children.
Are today’s drivers yesterday’s horses?
Winton Motor Carriage Company
Five million people work in the U.S. transportation sector. It's unclear where they'll end up as driverless technology takes off.
Will your share of the income pie get bigger or smaller in 2016?
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Three of our regular writers offer their thoughts on the key economic issues and themes in the new year.