New York City’s use of stop-and-frisk was found to be unconstitutional in 2013.
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Evidence from NYC shows that stop-and-frisk policing leads to greater mistrust of police and more racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
Massive gains in productivity haven’t led to more time free from work.
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In 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes famously predicted that within a century, the normal workweek would decrease to 15 hours. Why was he wrong?
He’s not alone.
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Think the norm is to join the workforce straight after school, work for five decades and then retire? Think again.
These highways displaced many Black communities. Some Black activists are using mapping to do the opposite: highlight hidden parts of history.
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Black activists have long used maps to help illustrate their communities’ history and to document historical injustices.
Jonathan E., played by James Caan, competes as the owners watch from the stands.
As the journalism industry continues to crater, wealthy plutocrats are consolidating their control over information systems.
Control towers at airports are only the most visible parts of the complex national air traffic control system.
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An air traffic safety expert explains why humans will remain central to managing the nation’s airports and airspace even as AI promises to improve air traffic control.
Republican elites have embraced Trump as their leader.
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A second Trump presidency may be a danger to democracy, but that’s more to do with the Republican Party than Trump himself, researchers of authoritarianism explain.
Israeli artillery fires toward Gaza.
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Israel and Hamas are running through countless weapons in the ongoing war − but where are those weapons coming from?
Legislators make policy based on the information at hand, which isn’t always the latest scientific findings.
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Researchers want real-world impact. Lawmakers want programs that work. The public wants to benefit from taxpayer-funded research. Building a bridge from academia to legislatures is key to all three.
Some researchers predict social robots will become common in K-12 classrooms.
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Social robots can be useful tools to help students learn about programming, but here’s why they won’t be replacing classroom teachers anytime soon.
How school attendance zones are drawn can affect segregation.
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As the nation approaches the 70-year anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education, an education professor lays out the state of school segregation in America.
Former Harvard President Claudine Gay, left, speaks as former University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill listens during a House hearing in December 2023 − before they both resigned.
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Barring evidence of moral turpitude or excessive absenteeism, former administrators are very hard to force out.
Philadelphia’s neighborhoods are green and not so green.
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An interdisciplinary group of researchers at Penn State ran computer models on two Philadelphia census tracts. The neighborhood with more vulnerable residents was also hotter.
LHS 3154b, a newly discovered massive planet that should be too big to exist.
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A newly discovered planet that should be too big to have formed around a tiny star is throwing into question what researchers know about planet formation.
Will Tesla’s workers be the next to approve a UAW contract?
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Wooing those workers will be expensive and require a lot of creativity, since many of them are employed in ‘right-to-work’ states.
The sum is greater than the parts when researchers build an ensemble from multiple coordinated but independent models.
Policymakers rely on models during uncertain times to figure out how their choices could affect the future. Over the pandemic, an ensemble of many COVID-19 models outperformed any one alone.
The music room of the Ospedaletto is known for its remarkable acoustics.
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On the wall of an orphanage in Venice, a musicologist encountered a fresco featuring an aria written for an opera. She’s since embarked on a project to bring this forgotten music back.
“Goodbye” is the name of a new PSA that seeks to show the impact of gun violence.
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The US attorney for the District of Maryland recently released a PSA to help stem the tide of violence in the state. But will it work?
Giraffes face survival challenges in may parts of Africa.
Giraffes are vulnerable to extinction, mainly due to habitat loss and killing for bushmeat markets. The good news is human actions can alleviate that danger.
Cancer cells don’t follow the typical rules that allow a multicellular collective to function.
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From math to evolutionary game theory, looking at cancer through different lenses can offer further insights on how to approach treatment resistance, metastasis and health disparities.