At least one economist worries we’ll be mostly poorer.
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We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.
Did college help don Michael Corleone become a better criminal?
The Godfather effect: how higher levels of education helped Italian mobsters earn more money and live in wealthier neighbourhoods.
This man may soon be the world’s ‘second-most-powerful person.’
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The chair of the Federal Reserve is often considered the world's 'second-most-powerful person.' So who is Jerome Powell and why does it matter that he may soon head the Fed?
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un called Trump a ‘dotard.’
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The latest salvo of insults and threats between President Trump and North Korea's Kim brought the region a little bit closer to war. China, North Korea's closest trading partner, may be the only way out.
Apple’s products would be a lot more expensive if the U.S. didn’t trade with China.
The president said he's considering ending trade with any country that does business with North Korea. Here's why that will never happen.
The U.S. is slapping tariffs on China-made aluminum, which could lead to a trade war.
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Some fear that recent actions against China taken by the Trump administration mean we're on the verge of a trade war. What would be the cost?
The news of an exchange of threats between the U.S. and North Korea is reported in Tokyo on Aug. 9, 2017.
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The most viable nonmilitary solution to the standoff with North Korea is to get China to apply pressure. But that's not so easy.
Chinese President Xi Jinping may be the only person able to rein in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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China is North Korea's biggest trading partner by far, giving the former a great deal of leverage over the behavior of its neighbor.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pushing for stricter sentencing in criminal cases.
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Jeff Sessions wants prosecutors to 'charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense.' That's a step back to our failed experiment in mass incarceration.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, sitting at the president’s right, announced the China trade deal.
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The Trump administration's new deal with China, which won't benefit many workers, shows the pitfalls of pursuing bilateral agreements at the expense of multilateral ones like NAFTA.
A lot is riding on the first head-to-head meeting between Trump and Xi.
Nothing less than the fate of the global economy lies in the balance as the two strong-willed leaders sit down for their first one-on-one meeting.
Cancer precision targeting at the Systems Biology and Cancer Metabolism Laboratory. Credit: Systems Biology and Cancer Metabolism Laboratory.
Fabian V. Filipp
A field called epigenomics looks at chemical modifications that do not change our DNA sequence but can affect gene activity. What are the limitations, and can biomedicine use this to our advantage?
Marlene Mosqueda’s father was arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in February.
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Three stories show how today's deportations are reminiscent of what immigrants experienced during immigration raids under President Obama.
Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28, 2017, as VP Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan applaud.
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Three scholars grade Trump's first address to Congress. How did he do on Obamacare? What would his 'merit-based' immigration proposal mean? And can he play nice with others
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Get a taste of a drone-enabled future by looking at innovations and explorations from researchers, students and employees at one of the nation's largest university systems.
How can students think critically about information in today’s age?
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Since the 19th century academic librarians have helped students navigate the complex world of information. In today's unpredictable information environment, how might they rethink their role?
Students gather to participate in the #SanctuaryCampus protest in New York.
Twenty states not only accept undocumented students in higher education institutions, but also provide them with financial support.
Should the public pay to read research?
The public pays for academic research and then again to read the published results of that research. A new initiative proposes a radical Open Access model. Can it work?
Rachel Dolezal isn't the only one who experiences a transition in racial categories, but what are the implications of inconsistent racial identifications on mental health?
Experiment design affects the quality of the results.
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Embracing more rigorous scientific methods would mean getting science right more often than we currently do. But the way we value and reward scientists makes this a challenge.