Have the Supreme Court’s rulings changed over time?
The Supreme Court's public reputation is strong in part because people see it as less political than other government branches. What can text analysis tell us about how accurate that perception is?
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As the Trump administration settles into office, regulators and lawmakers have big plans for shifting the country's media landscape, with potentially profound effects on the public.
Will talk of adapting to climate change be less polarizing politically? Faced with rising seas, Miami is adapting by raising its roads.
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Talk of adapting to climate change is less polarizing to conservatives than the idea of slashing emissions.
What's the proper way to behave at a Holocaust memorial? Is that even the right question?
Michel de Montaigne mentionne un mariage entre deux hommes à Rome, au XVIᵉ siècle.
Le mariage entre personnes du même sexe n’est pas un phénomène récent : voilà des siècles que les couples d’hommes et de femmes réclament le droit de se marier.
Does our dependence on smartphones harm our social fabric?
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The more often Americans used their phones to obtain information, the less they trusted strangers. How can this be, and what does it mean?
French essayist Michel de Montaigne once described a ceremony between two male lovers at Saint John at the Latin Gate in Rome.
Same-sex marriage is not a 20th-century phenomenon; couples have long claimed the right to marry.
FBI Director James Comey on Capitol Hill explaining his why he won’t prosecute Hillary Clinton.
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A historian and biographer of J. Edgar Hoover answers questions on how FBI director James Comey is handling a position with a dark past.
The FCC has the power to save us from slow, expensive internet service.
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The Federal Communications Commission has broad power to support fast, affordable internet service reaching every home in the U.S. What are its limits – and its possibilities?
Profits from slavery funded education. Washington and Lee University campus.
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The slave trade was used to fund American universities. Scholars are looking to recover the lost stories of the enslaved humans who built some of America's oldest institutions.
A colorized 1937 photograph of a shantytown on the outskirts of Seattle.
Like Brazil's favela dwellers, America's working poor felt a sense of pride and community in their shantytowns – and desperately resisted the powerful interests that sought to demolish them.
A common sight: smartphones at mealtime.
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Anecdotal evidence suggests the pervasiveness of smartphones is making us increasingly distracted and hyperactive. Does research support that conclusion?
Activists surround Shell Oil rig in Seattle’s Elliot Bay to protest Arctic drilling plans.
Offshore drilling debates boil down to "Drill, baby, drill" versus "spill, baby, spill." But economists say the right question is when we know enough to drill safely – and often that means waiting.
But did you vote for the candidate that best matches your beliefs?
Even with free, private ballots, a quarter of us still end up voting for the 'wrong' presidential candidate. Here's how to make sure you vote for the one who best matches your beliefs and hopes.
Flaking lead paint in a home in Muncie, Indiana.
How did lead poisoning become a persistent threat in U.S. cities? Lead paint and slumlords played key roles, but so did postwar housing policies that trapped minorities in crumbling inner cities.
If scientists’ knowledge is segregated in non-overlapping silos, there can’t be cross-pollination between fields.
Scientists often prioritize deep goals over broad ones. But today's "wicked" problems demand an interdisciplinary approach. A new study shows how they can tweak work styles to alter their deep/broad ratio.
A homeless person sleeps under a post promoting marriage equality.
A new book documents how the gay rights movement has catered to a certain type of LGBT person: white, gay, male and middle-class.
What does it mean if the majority of what’s published in journals can’t be reproduced?
Researchers from around the globe tried to replicate 100 published psychology studies. They were successful on only 36.
Too many innocent people ended up here: the death chamber in Huntsville, Texas.
The US Supreme Court is bitterly divided over the death penalty. One reason for that is all the convictions based on coerced confessions
What keeps workers going when the goal isn’t even in sight?
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What does it take to devote your life to a work goal with such a long time horizon you might never reach it in your lifetime?