The U.S. military is already testing a Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System.
Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte, U.S. Marine Corps
A standard element of international humanitarian law since 1899 should guide countries as they consider banning lethal autonomous weapons systems.
US sanctions announced earlier this month may have triggered the plunge in the lira, but the government has been mismanaging Turkey's economy for years, creating severe vulnerabilities.
Incineration of household waste has gotten a bad name, argues an economist, who sees today's recycling crisis as an opportunity to reconsider how the U.S. handles its waste.
Cheap Venezuelan oil boosted Nicaragua's economy and funded President Daniel Ortega's many anti-poverty programs. With Venezuela in crisis, the oil has dried up – as has support for Ortega's regime.
Academic research brings people close together as they collaborate on shared goals and projects that often last decades. Saying goodbye to a collaborator can be as hard as saying goodbye to family.
Five years after the first chemical weapons attacks in Syria that killed more than 1,400 people, a team at MSU may have solved the problem of getting nerve agent antidotes inside the brain.
The Swift Observatory passed a milestone: 1 million snapshots of the universe. These exquisite and revealing pictures have captured the births and deaths of stars, gravitational waves and comets.
Democrats hoping that Latinos will punish the Republican Party for Trump's immigration policies haven't looked hard enough at the demographics, location and concerns of these 27.3 million voters.
For several billion people mosquitoes are more than a nuisance--they transmit deadly diseases. Now genetic modification may prove the most effective defense against the mosquito, preventing disease.
In the information age, advertising is no longer needed to inform consumers.That means its primary role is to manipulate.
Kofi Annan was the first UN employee to rise to the position of Secretary General but his tenure also had a darker side.
Human trafficking victims can be hidden in plain sight, as one hospital found. That can lead health professionals and the public to miss clues to their plight. But education can change that.
Donations from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to Charities Hosting Events at Mar-a-Lago violate the spirit but not the letter of federal tax law.
Although University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair died from heatstroke during practice, his death also resulted from a culture that exploits black players, says a professor who studies race and sports.
Bitcoin is often criticized for using up tons of energy. But its carbon footprint may not be that bad.
When record executives tried to mold Franklin's sound to their liking, her career sputtered. Then legendary producer Jerry Wexler came along. His approach? Stay out of her way.
It's not a matter of if, but when, the next deadly pandemic will strike. Will the world be ready?
Helium lifts balloons and makes our voices squeak. But its supply on Earth is finite and is critical for modern industrial processes and medical imaging in hospitals. How worried should we be?
Pollination by commercially raised bees is important to a variety of crops but none more than California almonds. In turn, beekeepers depend on them.
More than 16 million people in the U.S. take care of people with dementia. Could we learn something from how other cultures view dementia as more of a social disease rather than a lonely one?
The strengths of social media are also its weaknesses. Facebook must acknowledge that it has transformed from a startup company into a powerful social force.
And without white privilege, they wouldn't feel compelled to follow a white script.
Trump despises the media and says it's a threat to the American people. Yet the White House's daily newsletter scours the US to find good press, touting even tiny bits of praise from local newspapers.
On top of boosting South Sudan's development, these groups are showcasing what refugees can accomplish in the US.
Since China stopped importing 'foreign garbage' in March 2018, scrap – especially plastic – has built up in the US. Will this shock trigger long-overdue investments in plastic recycling here?
Violence and uncertainty has followed Zimbabwe's first modern election without Robert Mugabe. That's not surprising: After 38 years of dictatorship, it takes more than a vote to build democracy.
Programs that allow individuals to be supervised in the community instead of in prison are growing in a way that is not sustainable and is contributing to mass incarceration rather than relieving it.
A geologist explains the basics about these elements, which are crucial for modern electronics.
Bridge engineering does not end when construction finishes and traffic starts to flow.
Nutrition is a key part of learning, but it's often hard to get students to eat a healthful lunch. It can be even harder to pack one. Here are some nutritional and organizational tips.
Each year, Muslims from all over the world go on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, known as Hajj. A scholar explains its spiritual significance.
In 1979, David Duke told the media he had launched a wildly successful recruiting drive in Connecticut. A local reporter wanted to test Duke's claims – so he filled out an application to join the KKK.
As retro video games become more popular, research suggests players could be looking for nostalgia – and the psychological benefits it brings.
Research is yielding strategies for making plastics greener and more sustainable. But without support as they scale up, new versions will struggle to compete with well-established synthetic plastics.