Shao Fei lights a cigarette on a Beijing street in 2015 as a co-worker looks on. Shao said at the time that higher taxes on cigarettes would lead him to stop smoking.
Tobacco taxes have been shown to curtail cigarette smoking. Why aren't more countries, including the US, implementing them effectively?
Atlanta mayoral candidates Keisha Lance Bottoms (left) and Mary Norwood will face off in December.
AP Photo/David Goldman
Atlanta is a black majority city that has elected black mayors since 1973. Two candidates now face a runoff in December.
Ethiopian girls carrying water.
According to a new UN report, more than two billion people around the world do not have access to clean, safe water in their homes. Most of the work of getting water falls to women and girls.
Latching springs provide a boost.
Yun Seong Song et al (2017)
For those with reduced mobility and even just the normally aging, stairs can pose a big problem. A cheap and efficient new prototype could help.
Ballet dancers can apply their intensive training to tasks they haven’t practiced.
Highly trained dancers provide insights for researchers helping design improved rehab programs for people with mobility impairments. The next step could include rehab robots as dance partners.
Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks at a press conference following the rate-hike decision.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh
The Federal Reserve lifted rates for the second time this year and expects to do so once more, suggesting it's fairly confident the economic recovery will continue. Is it overconfident?
How do they do while sleeping what we can barely do at all?
Carlos Bustamante Restrepo
These birds spend long periods, often asleep, standing on one leg. Is it passive biomechanics or active nervous system control of their muscles that allows them to do easily what's impossible for us?
A slave fortress in Cape Coast, Ghana.
AP Photo/Clement N'Taye
An online database explores the nearly 36,000 slave voyages that occurred between 1514 and 1866.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy administers the judicial oath to Justice Neil Gorsuch.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
Trump's promise to appoint conservatives to the Supreme Court could mean the fate of the death penalty rests in the court of public opinion.
What could genomic medicine do in the future?
DNA gel image via www.shutterstock.com.
Although genomics research has the potential to revolutionize medicine, it has limitations. It may not do much to prevent many of the leading causes of death.
While it may be a surprise for some, seniors still enjoy sex. But assisted living facilities may work to keep the older lovers apart in an effort to protect them.
Why are drugs so pricey?
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Trump has vowed to use new bidding procedures to curb the soaring cost of new drugs. There's a better solution, however, that doesn't risk also curbing the development of lifesaving treatments.
The ruling in the Apple-Samsung case is ambiguous, ensuring the case will drag on for years more, potentially even ending up back in the Supreme Court.
A woman enters the media workspace at the University of Las Vegas, site of the last 2016 U.S. presidential debate.
Do you feel as if the moderators keep asking the same questions of the presidential candidates? Our panel has some fresh ideas.
How much did Samsung’s phone sales depend on it looking like an iPhone?
Design patents cover how products look – but how much does appearance contribute to profits?
A vial of the Zika Virus Investigational DNA Vaccine from the NIH.
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The long vaccine development process is focused on ensuring production of the safest and most effective vaccine for use.
Chair Janet Yellen acknowledges: It’s a tough call.
The Fed left interest rates unchanged but said improving economic data means it will likely lift them later this year. We asked two scholars – and ex-Fed officials – if it was the right call.
Genetic techniques can help make pollen useful for cracking criminal cases.
Karen L. Bell
Pollen is all around us, is extremely durable and can provide clues about where someone's been. A new genetic technique will make it easier to use pollen evidence in criminal investigations.
A boy in Pakistan receives oral polio vaccine in July.
Polio for years has been close to becoming eradicated, with the entire continent of Africa going two years without a reported case – until early August. Here's why eradication is hard but attainable.
An injectable medication.
The maker of the EpiPen has raised the price of two injectable treatments to about US$600, six times the price nine years ago. Why do drug companies do this? Because they can. The FDA ends up helping.