Courtroom decisions are more like a game of chance than you may think.
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We live in a probabilistic world. The courts need to catch up – and start training juries in statistics.
Saturn and its rings backlit by the sun, which is blocked by the planet in this view. Encircling the planet and inner rings is the much more extended E-ring.
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With the probe now on its 'Grand Finale,' a Cassini team member describes the amazing discoveries it made about the ringed planet and its many moons.
A rally outside of City Hall in San Francisco in January.
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Twenty years ago, a sheriff won a lawsuit against a federal gun control law. Today, San Francisco is betting the same argument for state's rights will stop Trump from defunding sanctuary cities.
Peace Delegates on the Noordam – Mrs. P. Lawrence, Jane Addams, Anna Molloy.
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A century ago, American women organized to protest World War I. The fact that their efforts failed isn't the most important point.
The divide is in the data.
American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015 5 year estimates, Table S1810
More and more people are talking about the 'rural-urban divide,' but what does that phrase actually mean? We asked experts from around the country to illustrate the gap in graphs and maps.
Most revenge isn't violent or dramatic, but instead involves petty acts against coworkers or lovers. And some types work better than others.
After the Army Corps of Engineers approved an easement for the North Dakota Pipeline, two tribes requested – unsuccessfully – to halt construction while their lawsuit over the project is resolved.
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More than an easement: A scholar of Native American law lays out the legal arguments in the Dakota Access Pipeline and why they matter to all of us.
Regulators test soil for hazardous chemicals at a brownfield cleanup site in West Seneca, New York.
We may picture regulators tying businesses up in red tape, but research shows that many environmental regulators have collegial relationships with the companies they regulate.
A political sign in West Virginia reflects the claim that the Obama administration, by developing policies to reduce carbon emission, was waging a campaign against the industry.
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Scholars of communications pick apart the rhetoric behind the 'war on coal' and explain why it ultimately benefits the coal industry.
Michelle Obama with elementary school students in Washington on Oct. 6, 2015.
Michelle Obama placed motherhood at the center of her role as first lady – a decision not all women applauded.
The grave of women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony is covered with ‘I Voted’ stickers.
Clinton won women by 12 points and lost men by 12 -- creating a 24-point 'gender gap.' While that's the largest gender gap in history, the record shows that female voters were always different.
President Barack Obama pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey Abe.
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The presidential turkey pardoning draws on a language of forgiveness, common to many religious traditions.
The crew of scientists prepare to put the drill stem into the Greenland ice sheet to probe water flows about a half of a mile below.
A glaciologist develops a lightweight method for probing the depths of Greenland's ice sheet to answer a crucial question: How fast is it melting?
The Washington Redskins have been a flashpoint for the controversy surrounding Native American mascots.
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If your city has a team with a Native American mascot, you're more likely to hold stereotypical views of Native people.
Gravel bed rivers and their floodplains are vital to local ecosystems and their ability to adapt to climate change.
Conservation methods for gravel-bed rivers – which are ecological hotspots in the western U.S. – need to improve in order to deal with the effects of climate change.