Humanity’s control over nature represents a shift in the relationship between humans and the surrounding world.
It's time to admit the age of pristine nature is over. In its place is humanity and planet-shaping technologies, from gene editing to climate engineering. Earth Day in a Synthetic Age.
The Second Amendment used to be absent from constitutional law classes. No more.
The Second Amendment was barely taught in constitutional law classes two decades ago. That changed after a 2008 Supreme Court ruling that ensured a federal right to keep and bear arms.
Culverts installed for roads have led to a decline in salmon, which Northwest Indian tribes were ensured access to by treaty.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren
A Supreme Court case deals with the narrow issue of tribal salmon fishing rights in the Northwest, but raises fundamental questions about justice for American Indians.
President Donald Trump reviews border wall prototypes in San Diego.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
A legal scholar explains how even in the early days of the republic, Americans struggled to agree on who had the final say on immigration issues.
A computer-generated voice was essential to Hawking’s participation in the world around him.
AP Photo/John Raoux
You can probably hear Hawking's famously computer-generated voice in your head. His example showed tech as a tool that enables people with disabilities to fully participate in and contribute to the world.
Victims of domestic violence may not get the services they need.
Years after their trials, he got in touch with the victims he thought he had helped. They described feeling ‘dumped’ by the system.
Tribally led wellness encampment in Wyoming.
Compared to the average US citizen, American Indians and Alaskan Natives live shorter lives and are at greater risk for a number of health problems.
Big data makes it a bit easier to guess your next move.
Predicting human behavior is big business. But science may never be able to do so with perfect certainty.
Detail of figures from the Dance Macabre, Meslay-le-Grenet, from late 15th-century France.
For medieval cultures, the dying process and death itself was a 'transition,' not a rupture.
Talking to your kids about sex is important, even if they don’t welcome the conversation.
Think you've had the sex talk so now you're done? Think again.
AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File
On Indigenous Peoples' Day, a Native American scholar explains why water means more than just sustenance for life and how it's the place of the divine.
People walk out after the U.S. Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administration’s emergency request on the travel ban.
A professor of constitutional law gives a preview of what to expect when the travel ban cases reach the highest court this fall.
Fresh Air host Mark Stucky of Newton, Kansas shook hands with Thomas Flowers from Gulfport, Mississippi, as Doris Zerger Stucky – Mark’s mother – watched in this 1960 photo.
Mennonite Library & Archives, Bethel, Kansas
Many urban children who took part in a program that was supposed to enrich their lives dealt with racism instead. Why can't this cultural exchange become a two-way street?
Graphing calculators – like the ones used in this seventh grade Dallas classroom – have become ubiquitous in U.S. education.
AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
Teachers are starting to ditch graphing calculators for math apps. Was the expensive tech ever worth it – or is it just holding students back?
U.S. Rep-elect Greg Gianforte in Bozeman, Montana on May 25, 2017.
The race pitted a singing cowboy against a millionaire software entrepreneur – and it got ugly at the end.
The Trump administration will review the status of The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, one of the country’s most significant cultural sites.
Bureau of Land Management
Trump wants to scale back national monuments on federal lands in the name of boosting the economy. But this would undo decades of investments to manage our cultural and ecological resources.
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.
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
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.
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
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.
Library of Congress
A century ago, American women organized to protest World War I. The fact that their efforts failed isn't the most important point.