Algorithms have been blamed for dividing society. What if they could support social cohesion instead?
Labeling a Russian rocket attack that killed 12 people in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, as a ‘tragedy’ sidelines human accountabilty.
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Calling something a ‘tragedy’ serves to minimize human responsibility for its causes, which can be convenient for the people who are causing the ‘tragedy.’
New research shows turning northern rivers inland to irrigate Australia’s dry interior would not increase rainfall. This is another argument against the Bradfield scheme.
The intersection of politics and social media is fertile ground for AI-powered disinformation.
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ChatGPT and its ilk give propagandists and intelligence agents a powerful new tool for interfering in politics. The clock is ticking on learning to spot this disinformation before the 2024 election.
You may be surprised by what’s growing on a familiar trail.
Botanizing is the practice of observing and appreciating plant life. Two plant scientists explain how it benefits people and the planet.
Diverse campuses better prepare students for leadership roles, research shows.
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Diversity programs benefit schools and students in multiple ways, research shows.
Maternal death rates are higher in the U.S. than in other high-income countries.
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Black women died during or soon after pregnancy at higher rates than any other racial group in every year from 1999 to 2019. American Indian and Alaska Native women had the greatest increase in risk during this period.
Former President Donald Trump greets supporters following a 2020 campaign rally in Arizona.
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New findings by political scientists at Northwestern University and Harvard Kennedy School provide a clearer picture of which demographic groups support Trump.
If people were dropped into a new situation tomorrow, how would they choose to govern themselves?
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The modern representative democracy was the best form of government mid-18th-century technology could invent. The 21st century is a different place scientifically, technically and socially.
Former President Donald Trump makes his way to the stage during a rally in Erie, Pa., on July 29, 2023.
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A key element in proving Trump’s guilt or innocence is determining the former president’s state of mind and whether he has shown a consciousness of guilt before and after the alleged crimes.
Cillian Murphy as physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer in ‘Oppenheimer.’
Spying was a concern from the dawn of the nuclear age, but charges that J. Robert Oppenheimer, who led the development of the first nuclear weapons, was a Soviet spy have been proved wrong.
The playful Heeler family has amassed fans of all ages.
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The seven-minute episodes show characters dealing with difficult emotions like fear and grief through play.
AI chatbots are becoming more powerful, but how do you know if they’re working in your best interest?
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It’s difficult to see how artificial intelligence systems work, and to see whose interests they work for. Regulation could make AI more trustworthy. Until then, user beware.
Daily naps may help preserve brain health.
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Our study revealed that people who nap frequently have larger brain volume.
AI could help elected representatives raise up constituent voices.
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Public comment could soon swamp government officials and representatives, thanks to AI, but AI could also help spot compelling stories from constituents.
Still from ‘All watched over by machines of loving grace’ by Memo Akten, 2021. Created using custom AI software.
Intellectual property law wasn’t written with AI in mind, so it isn’t clear who owns the images that emerge from prompts – or if the artists whose work was scraped to train AI models should be paid.
Former President Donald Trump speaks out against his federal indictment on June 10, 2023, during a speech in Georgia.
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One of the bedrock principles of the American legal system is that no one is above the law. When it comes to indicting a former US president, political factors must also be weighed.
Abortion-rights demonstrators protest in front of the Supreme Court building on June 25, 2022, a day after the announcement of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization ruling.
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In the year since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, giving decisions about the legality of abortion back to states, voters and state legislatures have made their preferences on abortion clear.
Under 10% of political donations from academic scholars go to Republican causes.
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Public data about individual donors’ political contributions supports the perception that American academia leans left.
A procession in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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Musicians established themselves in the US, where they continued to practice their cultural life, which flourished.