Rice farmer in Longsheng, China.
As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, rice plants produce fewer vitamins and other key nutrients. This could worsen hunger, malnutrition, child stunting and other diet-related health problems.
NuScale Power aims to build the nation’s first advanced small modular reactor.
U.S. Department of Energy
Advanced small modular reactors, known as SMRs, will probably have many advantages over older technology. But it's not yet known how they will stack up against other sources of electricity.
Balancing personal privacy with detailed insights.
Researchers analyze social media data to gain useful insights into modern society and culture. But it's important to protect users' privacy. How can both ends meet?
SpongeBob Squarepants has become a cultural icon.
The cartoon-turned-Broadway sensation is set in a place named after the Bikini islands, which has a dark history of forced removal and exile of native people from their land.
An American suburb.
Poverty rates across the suburban landscape have increased by 50 percent since 1990. This suburbanization of poverty is one of the most important demographic trends of the last 50 years.
It doesn’t look like a kidney, but this ‘kidney-on-a-chip’ is a breakthrough for new drug testing.
Researchers who've created a kidney-on-a-chip explain why these kinds of devices are an improvement over traditional ways to test new drugs.
Users may want to know more than what’s in a basic report from a genetic testing company.
Data and privacy issues are tangled up in the DNA reports consumers get from big genetic testing companies – and the third-party sites they turn to in order to glean more from their raw DNA.
Why is bullshit so harmful?
The bullshitter may do even more damage than the liar in politics.
Iranian demonstrators burn a picture of the U.S. President Donald Trump.
AP Photo/Vahid Salemi
Does the work of the international agency responsible for verifying whether Iran was in compliance with the deal matter to the US?
An International Atomic Energy Agency inspector at Iran’s Natanz facility, 2014.
AP Photo/IRNA, Kazem Ghane
Who do you call when there's a nuclear crisis? The International Atomic Energy Agency, unless the crisis involves North Korea -- then things get complicated.
More Chinese wines are finding their way into the liquor aisle.
AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel
As the US celebrates Wine Day, China's young winemakers are a reminder of the power and value of cameraderie and cooperation in this age-old industry.
The coils winding facility building in France, where a global effort to build the ITER fusion energy reactor is underway.
As fusion becomes more technically viable, it's time to assess whether it's worth the money because breakthroughs in the lab don’t guarantee success in the marketplace.
What could be the consequences of including a question on citizenship?
U.S. Department of Agriculture
An expert explains why a recent plan to include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census is unjust, both for citizens and noncitizens.
Hurricane Harvey flooded one-third of Houston and displaced more then 30,000 people in the region.
After disasters, communities often push to rebuild as quickly as possible. A public health expert says they should aim higher and fix problems that exist pre-storm.
It’s not good if women’s research isn’t in the library stacks.
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Women are underrepresented in academic science. New research finds the problem is even worse in terms of who authors high-profile journal articles – bad news for women's career advancement.
Victor Frankenstein’s mistakes serve as cautionary lessons.
If Mary Shelley wrote the book today, Victor would surely be a synthetic biologist. But those fiddling with living things in 2018 have hopefully learned from her cautionary tale.
Moviegoers familiarize themselves with the joystick that will allow them to interact with the film ‘I’m Your Man’ during its premiere on Dec. 16, 1992.
AP Photo/Richard Harbus
Sound, color and special effects transformed the moviegoing experience. These inventions decidedly did not.
Immigrants and activists demonstrate in front of the Republican Party headquarters in Washington.
AP Photo/Luis Alonso Lugo
Conservatives on migration claim that allowing the DACA recipients to stay shows disrespect for the law. The moral principles that underlie the American legal system, however, tell a different story.
High-tech ways to scan nature’s own creations.
Pharmaceutical companies focus on small molecules they've devised – and can easily patent. But nature's already come up with many antibacterial compounds that drug designers could use to make medicines.
In clinging to power, Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chávez’s handpicked successor, is steering Venezuela’s once-rich democracy to autocracy.
Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters
Democracy takes many forms, some of them democracy in name only. Confusion and misappropriation complicate the public struggle for the democracy to come, but this challenge is always unending.