Wardrobe choices can be part of a delicate social dance.
Recent research explores how women ‘dress defensively’ to avoid the aggression of other women.
Your own biases shape what you think about what the poor should eat.
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An often invisible force is undercutting support for policies that help Americans facing economic hardship.
Some researchers believe atheists are disliked because people link their lack of belief to an overall lack of values.
Many Americans have a distrust of atheists. A group of researchers found that some of the distrust relates to beliefs about atheists’ family values.
A supporter of former Bolivian president Evo Morales tells a police officer to respect the nation’s indigenous people, in La Paz, Bolivia, Nov. 12, 2019.
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Evo Morales is at least the ninth Bolivian president to by forced out of office by a mass uprising. But even in exile he remains by far the most popular politician in the country.
Will quantum computers ever reliably best classical computers?
Google claims quantum supremacy – IBM says not so fast. One researcher explains why he doesn’t see quantum computers outpacing classical computers any time soon … and maybe not ever.
Roger Waters continues to perform ‘The Wall’ even after leaving Pink Floyd.
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The story of the album, which was released 40 years ago, is a classic tale of how bands struggle with unchecked egos and competing visions.
New York’s offer of incentives to Amazon to open a headquarters in the state faced significant opposition.
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The gap between rich and poor is at record levels in the U.S., yet it varies widely among the states. A political scientist explains why.
What makes a brain tick is very different from how computers operate.
Brain functions integrate and compress multiple components of an experience, including sight and smell – which simply can’t be handled in the way computers sense, process and store data.
The world’s smallest frog can fit on a dime.
E.N. Rittmeyer et al. (2012)
Scientists have identified the world’s smallest animal – for now. It could be possible smaller creatures exist that have not yet been discovered.
Anti-vaccine protesters at a rally.
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Studies have shown that the reasons for anti-vaccine sentiment run deep, and scientific facts don’t often matter. A new study drills deeper into reasons for resistance and possible ways to counteract them.
Researchers pour a barrel of hagfish into a holding tank aboard a research vessel about 20 miles off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Hagfish have been called the most disgusting creatures in the ocean. But what are they?
Heavily built-up areas can experience more disastrous damage in an earthquake.
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Engineers know how and where to build to minimize earthquake damage. But laws don’t always reflect that wisdom. A new study suggests it’s because of a mismatch between risk perceptions and reality.
Professional mountain climbers installing synthetic, waterproof tarps over the gutted, exposed exterior of Notre Dame Cathedral.
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The influence of Notre Dame Cathedral extended into every part of the life of Paris. The cathedral school was the training ground for medieval thinkers and the place of birth of the first university.
An election official checks a voter’s photo identification at an early voting polling site in Austin, Texas.
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States may have passed these laws with the aim of reducing turnout. But new evidence suggests that they have a minimal or nonexistent effect.
Worldwide, 1 in 10 presidents and prime ministers has relatives who were already in politics. Europe and Latin America, both democratic regions, have the highest proportion of leaders who come from political families.
To reach the highest rungs of power, a new study shows, it really helps if your dad was president.
Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, the Navy’s largest base, is endangered by sea level rise.
Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott
Military veterans have concerns about climate change at about the same level as nonveterans, a recent study suggests. What might this mean for acceptance of climate science?
The US is not the only country with a stake in North Korea’s denuclearization.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
With all the drama between Trump and Kim, it’s easy to forget that the US is not the only nation involved in denuclearizing North Korea. China is hugely influential — but it’s not clear quite how.
A professor teaches an online class with students from around the world.
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Artificial intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, traditional universities.
What’s the link between technology and consciousness?
Researchers’ views depend in part on what technology is (or will be) capable of – and in part on what consciousness actually is.
Using the internet is what matters.
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Giving rural residents the option of using broadband access isn’t enough to boost their community involvement. To really improve civic engagement, rural dwellers need to use the internet.