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Amid strong political pressure to pack the Supreme Court, President Biden formed a commission to study ways to reform the court. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Biden’s Supreme Court commission probably won’t sway public opinion

Presidents form commissions to study controversial problems and recommend solutions. President Biden created one while under pressure to pack the Supreme Court. Will a commission help him politically?
White Americans who hold racist attitudes are likely to prefer military action over diplomacy in foreign countries like Iran and, in particular, China. Frank Rossoto Stocktrek via Getty

Racial bias makes white Americans more likely to support wars in nonwhite foreign countries – new study

Analysis of US survey data finds that white people who hold racist views are more likely than others to favor military action over diplomacy in China and Iran, and to endorse the global war on terror.
The Postal Service has over 30,000 retail locations in the U.S, including off the Appalachian Trail in Caratunk, Me. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

Postal banking could provide free accounts to 21 million Americans who don’t have access to a credit union or community bank

About a quarter of census tracts with a post office lack a credit union or community bank, making the US Postal Service an efficient way to help more Americans get low-cost bank accounts.
Graduates of Cal State Fullerton, one of many universities with nonwhite majorities that billionaire MacKenzie Scott is supporting. Jeff Gritchen/Digital First Media/Orange County Register via Getty Images

5 ways MacKenzie Scott’s $8.5 billion commitment to social and economic justice is a model for other donors

By not attaching any strings to the money, championing representation and generally taking care to respect nonprofit leaders, she's following five best practices.
Benjamin Netanyahu sits in the Knesset before parliament voted June 13, 2021, in Jerusalem to approve the new government that doesn’t include him, Amir Levy/Getty Images

It wasn’t just politics that led to Netanyahu’s ouster – it was fear of his demagoguery

Benjamin Netanyahu wasn't ousted just for typical political reasons, such as other politicians' ambitions or grievances. He was thrown out because he was seen as a threat to democracy.
An engineer demonstrates a car phone five months before the historic first call on a competing company’s commercial mobile telephone service in 1946. Bettmann via Getty Images

The first mobile phone call was 75 years ago – what it takes for technologies to go from breakthrough to big time

The ubiquity of mobile phones is a defining feature of the 21st century, but it's been possible to place a phone call on the go since shortly after World War II.
Colorado’s East Troublesome Fire jumped the Continental Divide on Oct. 22, 2020, and eventually became Colorado’s second-largest fire on record. Lauren Dauphin/NASA Earth Observatory

Rocky Mountain forests burning more now than any time in the past 2,000 years

Scientists studied charcoal layers in the sediment of lake beds across the Rockies to track fires over time. They found increasing fire activity as the climate warmed.
Factory robots could soon acquire a range of skills, including the ability to choose how to make things. studiostockart/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images

Artisan robots with AI smarts will juggle tasks, choose tools, mix and match recipes and even order materials – all without human help

Custom fabrication involves taking measurements, choosing tools, deciding on sequences of steps and ordering from a menu of materials. AIs under development promise to take humans out of the loop.

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