Scientists know that many toxins, such as those found in cigarettes, cause most lung cancers, whose cells are depicted here. But isolating causes for other cancers is an ongoing effort.
What causes cancer? A scary truth might be that we have created an environment for it. An anthropologist's search for answers to her own diagnosis raises questions for all of us.
Have the Supreme Court’s rulings changed over time?
The Supreme Court's public reputation is strong in part because people see it as less political than other government branches. What can text analysis tell us about how accurate that perception is?
German journalist and novelist Theodor Fontane.
Theodor Fontane was a German newspaper's England correspondent – who reported 'from' London without leaving his Berlin desk.
Molecular machines are ready to join forces and take on real-world work.
Research on molecular machines won last year's Nobel Prize in chemistry. Now scientists have figured out a way to get these tiny molecules to join forces and collaborate on real work on a macro scale.
How do friendship networks work?
College is a time for friendships. But how can students best leverage the power of those friendships? First, by learning how those networks work.
Trump and Clinton shakes hands
We asked a group of scholars to listen to Clinton vs. Trump and pick just one quote to react to. Here’s what the experts heard.
The TPP’s a real noodle scratcher.
The 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership has its share of boosters and bashers. But for those still uncertain what it's all about and whether it's worth it, here's a primer.
NYC Fight for $15 rally.
A global movement of low-wage workers is improving conditions for fast food employees and others in the U.S. and around the world. A Dartmouth labor historian examines the movement's origins.
Medical student and child at Minnesota Indian Health alternative spring break experience.
Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth
The sustainability of academic medical centers and the value of a liberal education have both been under attack. Both are essential and integrated components of our best U.S. institutions.
Changing a centuries-old format will take some big thinking.
With the one-city format no longer viable, an Olympics expert proposes a radical new vision for the format of the Olympic Games. It actually makes a lot of sense.
Trump talks trade and U.S. economic independence in Monessen, Pennsylvania.
Trump's claims about free trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership generally don't hold water.
A progressive tag team to save the TPP?
Leading progressives including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have been very vocal in opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Here's why they should get on board.
Brian Halsey, 'Novem II,' 1981, 8 Color Silkscreen Serigraph
Many praise the internet as a democratizing force. But with online spaces replacing physical public squares as places for debate, what do we risk losing?
Denise Barlage and Venanzi Luna.
Wal-Mart is the largest private employer in the world. The retailer's size means it has huge influence on labor standards. A Dartmouth historian profiles the women who are pushing Walmart to improve.
Who owns your thoughts? And other important questions raised by technology.
Hands and brain via shutterstock.com
New and imagined digital technologies have important ethical implications. We should devise relevant social norms through a high-profile, public, collaborative process.
Who will make a better dance mix – a computer or a human?
Copyright © Annelise Capossela; used by permission
Testing whether machines are capable of generating sonnets, short stories or dance music that is indistinguishable from human-generated works.
Both Hamlet and ‘True Detective’‘s Rust Cohle make audiences wonder whether they’re deserving of sympathy or blame.
Nick Lehr/The Conversation
The psychological complexity of Shakespeare's characters has rendered them timeless. Today, we see The Bard's influence in shows like 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective.'
Theranos founder and CEO Elizathbeth Holmes arrives at the WSJDLive in October 2015.
Theranos has had medical laboratory experts scratching their heads for some time. What the company was promising just didn't make a lot of sense.
An x-ray showing a pair of lungs infected with TB (tuberculosis).
Many people in the U.S. have no idea that TB is still found here, or what a major health risk it poses in other parts of the world.
Ted Cruz and his backpfeifengesicht?
Even if you don't have a word for it, you can make one up.