Labor laws are often based on how we worked decades ago.
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Hundreds of court cases show that companies are using features of timekeeping software to shortchange workers, a few minutes at a time.
A Georgia penitentiary in 1911.
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Digitized state records help to tell the stories of African-American prisoners in the 19th and 20th century.
Can Mexico become a ‘loving republic’ built on forgiveness rather than punishment?
Mexico's presidential front-runner wants to end violence in Mexico by pardoning drug traffickers and corrupt officials. Some 235,000 people have died in the country's 11-year cartel war.
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.
Using this many devices at once doesn’t mean a person is addicted to technology.
Popular concerns about technology use and alleged addiction don't hold up to scholarly scrutiny.
A blood test can reveal whether the level of a protein produced by prostate cells is elevated.
Prostate cancer is the second deadliest cancer among men, but not all types of the disease are as deadly as others. That has led to confusion over screening. An expert explains why new guidelines make sense.
Santa Fe High School graduates bow their heads in prayer during a service Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas.
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The Santa Fe High School shooting underscores the need for an educational approach to school violence and to examine how students deal with the 'status tournament of adolescence.'
Wild bumble bees provide natural pollination for blueberries in North America.
Honeybees receive a lot of attention, but the first North American bee to be listed as an endangered species is a wild bumble bee. Wild bees are vital pollinators, and some are declining rapidly.
All bottled water comes from somewhere.
Nestle pays the state a pittance in exchange for its water at a time when public awareness of water issues is rising.
The lighter citrus plants have been edited using CRISPR to alter the phytoene desaturase (PDS) gene which gives them a white color.
GMO crops have been rejected in many countries where food shortages are dire. Now, a scientist at the University of Connecticut has figured out how to create better crops with DNA editing.
Arbitration trials don’t always result in equal justice.
The court narrowly ruled that employees who sign arbitration agreements can't bring class action suits over unpaid wages.
What does a machine see when it looks at you?
When people see their bodies in 3D, they feel worse about themselves and more negative in general. That might not put shoppers in a buying mood even for clothes that fit better.
Troops in a 2015 U.S.-South Korea joint drill in South Korea.
Since the Korean War, U.S. troops have helped South Korea with military training and planning. Our Speed Read describes the regular joint exercises designed to deter North Korean aggression.
Solar panels being installed in new housing under construction in Sacramento, Calif.
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Environmentalists and climate hawks are cheering, but many experts aren't excited about the state making rooftop solar panels mandatory on most new homes beginning in 2020.
A female deer tick on a piece of straw.
The CDC recently announced an uptick in diseases spread by vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks. Here's why and what you can do to lower your risk.
Reading over the consent form.
You should be aware of the amount of genetic information you might disclose in a research study – and what the benefits and risks will be.
Users may want to know more than what’s in a basic report from a genetic testing company.
Data and privacy issues are tangled up in the DNA reports consumers get from big genetic testing companies – and the third-party sites they turn to in order to glean more from their raw DNA.
Ammonia production is one of the most energy-intensive industrial processes on the planet.
Producing ammonia, which is a key ingredient in fertilizers, is one of the world's most energy-intensive chemical manufacturing processes. Now there's a new low energy option in development.
Immigrants and inspectors in the registry room for legal inspections at Ellis Island.
Thousands of Jewish immigrants and their children changed their names in America – but not at Ellis Island. The reasons are complicated and part of the Jewish struggle with their identity in America.
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.
Shipping containers are loaded onto a ship at the Port of Long Beach in California.
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The Trump administration wants China to cut its trade deficit with the US by more than half. An economist explains why that's not going to happen.
Outside Santa Fe High School in Texas on May 18, 2018.
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A criminologist reviews recent research to dispel common misconceptions about mass shootings.
A scene from Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan.
Maps can be an invaluable tool in a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis. A pilot project trained Syrian refugees at a Jordan camp to create their own.
Smog alert in Cleveland, Ohio, July 20, 1973.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to change the grounds for setting US air pollution targets. An environmental lawyer explains why Pruitt's approach misreads the law and could roll back decades of gains.
The Berry Fire burns in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, August 27, 2016.
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With elevated wildfire risks forecast across much of the western US this summer, here's how travelers can track local conditions, stay out of harm's way and avoid accidentally starting fires.