Fractured concrete pavement slabs on a street in Canton, Mich.
'Bendable concrete' is not an oxymoron. Mimicking designs found in nature, engineers are making concrete that gives under stress without shattering – an advance that could improve US infrastructure.
What can this car do on its own, and what does it still need human help with?
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There are a few notable milestones along the road to fully self-driving cars.
More than 40 million Americans rely on SNAP for groceries.
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Cutting the program formerly known as food stamps would hurt low-income Americans and the whole economy.
Coca-Cola is the world’s most popular carbonated soft drink. The original is made with sugar, but the others contain artificial sweeteners that are now linked to a rise in obesity and diabetes.
Mounting evidence suggests that artificial sweeteners are linked to chronic health problems like obesity and diabetes. Should there be a tax on these foods?
39 percent of Americans report feeling more anxious than this time last year.
Americans are becoming more anxious about every element of their lives from safety to finances to politics.
Blooms of algae, like this growth in 2015 in Lake St. Clair between Michigan and Ontario, promote the formation of dead zones.
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Scientists have mapped a huge dead zone in the Gulf of Oman, without enough oxygen in the water to support life. This Speed Read explains why dead zones form in waters around the world.
Mosaics by artist Chuck Close on the walls of the new 86th Street subway station on the Second Avenue line in New York.
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In his short play from 1830, 'Mozart and Salieri,'
Russian poet Alexander Pushkin proposed that genius and evil are incompatible. Here's why this argument is worth revisiting in light of #MeToo.
The U.S. continues to wrestle with questions about the value of a college degree.
The presidents of the University of Michigan, the University of Oregon and The Ohio State University offer three ways to judge the value of a college education.
Former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush attend Barbara Bush’s funeral service.
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Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized for sepsis, which can be serious. Just what is this disease that accounts for one-third of all hospital deaths? A speed read explains the dangers.
Testosteron yang rendah itu hal bagus untuk menjadi ayah yang pengayom. Begini alasannya.
Cambodian villagers walk to a courtroom before appeal hearings for two Khmer Rouge senior leaders facing charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
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Research on profound human suffering requires more than intellectual understanding of legal and political mechanics. It requires a human journey that goes deeply into victims' experiences and needs.
With local news outlets facing tough times, who will cover neighborhoods like Detroit’s Oakwood Heights?
A new report looks at the ways social entrepreneurs are transforming journalism by creating media organizations that gain trust by being transparent.
What are the rules governing who’s watching you online?
US privacy laws focus on informing consumers what's happening with their data; other countries specifically restrict data collection and analysis.
Staffers listen to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt discuss this policy reversal.
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Manufacturers always have to make trade-offs when they design new cars, balancing the need to protect public health and the environment with their urge to wow customers.
Sinclair Broadcast Group is under fire, following the spread of a video showing anchors at its stations reading a script criticizing ‘fake’ news stories.
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It’s worth looking at how local news stations have traditionally operated.
One of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s signature moves has been to put the brakes on stringent fuel economy rules.
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An academic suing the EPA over its decision to bar certain scientists from serving on advisory boards says the EPA needs to address legitimate criticisms to rebuild after Pruitt.
A veteran salutes a flag. There is often a final one that occurs inside a VA hospital.
The Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals have been criticized roundly. Sometimes lost in the chorus of complaints is the depth of feeling that VA caregivers have for the veterans, a doctor writes.
Women who try to leave abusive relationships face many obstacles.
Rob Porter's ex-wife Jennifer Willoughby wrote movingly about staying in what she described as an abusive relationship. Her experiences are echoed in studies of abused women across the country.
It may seem convenient to think of technology companies as similar, but they’re really not.
When thinking about regulating them, it's useful to know Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft have some similarities. But generally they're not competing with each other – or anyone else.
Flint, Mich., has one of the highest crime rates in the country for a city of its size. One neighborhood has found a novel way to fight back.
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Crime is way down in one Flint, Michigan, neighborhood, where locals have teamed up to revamp neglected public spaces. Here, why 'busy streets' can prevent violence and save cities money.