Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is known as a master of Senate rules. If the House impeaches President Trump, what could he do to influence the process – and outcome – of a trial?
Private prisons have long been a topic of controversy in the U.S. A professor of sociology explains what they are and why they matter.
California's legislature has approved a bill that would let college athletes get paid endorsements. A sociologist explains what the measure would mean for the players.
Textbook prices are causing many college students to forego the books they need for class, putting their grades in peril and leading many to miss out on certain courses, research shows.
In the wake of yet more mass murders, people want answers. Some questions that arise about the tragedies relate to mental illness. A psychiatrist answers three here.
The 2020 census and congressional apportionment have dominated the headlines in recent months. What could it all mean for the average American voter?
The US hit the debt ceiling in March and is expected to run out of ways to get around the new $22 trillion limit by September. An economist explains why the ceiling is a dysfunctional relic.
Throughout the nation, parents and students are pushing back against personalized learning. An expert on the different ways that students learn explains what's behind all the fuss.
Iran's leaders are threatening to breach a 2015 agreement that froze their country's nuclear program. What is uranium enrichment, and what would it mean for Iran's ability to build nuclear weapons?
Muslims throughout the world will celebrate the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, a celebration at the end of Ramadan. Here's an introduction to this important feast and its partner, Eid al-Adha.
The growing number of cases of measles has many people asking: Am I safe? A vaccine expert provides some answers.
The FDA has given the green light to sell the first genetically engineered animal – farmed salmon –in the US.
The Trump administration has proposed a major revamp of the National Flood Insurance Program since its inception in 1968. Here's why it needs fixing.
New England Patriots CEO Robert Kraft's criminal charges in a suspected sex trafficking case draw new attention to this illicit underground economy.
Working class families have struggled for years to afford quality child care. Could the newly proposed Child Care for Working Families Act make a difference? A child care policy scholar weighs in.
Robocalls are common and becoming increasingly frequent. A scholar explains how they work, and why they're such a pain.
The Conversation has access to top academic experts, and we want them to use their knowledge to answer questions from teenagers.
The Conversation has access to Australia's top academic experts, and we want to unlock their expertise to answer teenagers' questions.
An atmospheric scientist explains why water can do some strange-looking things at very cold temperatures, and what's different about snowfalls on Mars.
According to a new study, the oceans have absorbed more heat from climate change than previously thought. This could mean the Earth will warm even faster in the future than scientists have predicted.