What are your in-groups and out-groups?
Our neural circuits lead us to find comfort in those like us and unease with those who differ, resulting in a battle between reward and distrust. But these brain connections aren't the end of the story.
Drought conditions can foster conflict but this is rare.
It is misguided to blame armed conflict and violence on climate change alone.
What secrets will your DNA give away?
When you send off a cheek swab to one of the private genome companies, you may sacrifice not just your own privacy but that of your family and your ancestors.
Bisakah kita berhenti dari Facebook?
Pengguna Facebook seharusnya tidak perlu mempercayai media sosial tersebut tapi bukan berarti mereka bisa mengabaikan fitur yang dianggap penting untuk berhubungan dengan orang lain.
What is this man doing with your data?
AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
Users shouldn't trust Facebook, but that doesn't mean they should immediately abandon what has become a crucial platform for connectedness.
College move-in day at New York University in August 2017.
Duke University recently decided to assign random roommates for incoming students. Is this silly social engineering or smart policy?
People collect water piped in from a mountain creek in Utuado, Puerto Rico on Oct. 14, 2017, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans were still without running water.
AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa
Climate change threatens to widen the health gap between the haves and have-nots. Here's why addressing environmental issues that drive poor health is a starting point.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File
America's understanding of justice may be compromised, which is a more fundamental issue than enforcing the law.
Beds with patients in an emergency hospital in Camp Funston, Kansas, during the influenza epidemic around 1918.
National Museum of Health and Medicine.
Many healthy young men and women, including military personnel, died in the 1918 flu pandemic. It's a reminder of how dangerous influenza can be.
The Statue of Liberty casts a wary eye at the bike path that runs along the western edge of Manhattan, where the Oct. 31 attack occurred.
The president is urging lawmakers to end the program in the aftermath of the deadliest attack in New York City since 9/11. Doing so would be a mistake.
There are more than 58,000 names on the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. Eight of them belong to women.
Almost hidden in the orderly rows of men's names on the Vietnam War Memorial are those of eight female nurses who died in the conflict.
The DACA program’s inherent diversity is what makes it a boon for the U.S. economy.
AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Trump's decision to end the DACA program, as well as his support for a bill that would drastically curb legal immigration, would hurt the US workers he says he's trying to help.
For safety, look to text-only messaging.
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It's impossible to be certain of safety while using Gmail, Yahoo mail and other web-based email systems. The best solution is a radical one: It's time to return to plain, text-only email.
A huge solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun on Sept. 6, 2017. A separate image of the Earth provides scale.
At a time in the sun's cycle when space weather experts expect less solar activity, our star is going bonkers with solar flares and coronal mass ejections. What effects will Earth feel?
Musicians protesting against government while holding instruments in Caracas, Venezuela.
AP/ Fernando Llano
Musicians who learned how to play through a state-funded program called El Sistema are taking their instruments to the streets to protest the government.
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.