It’s easier to appear destined for greatness on the drawing board than in real life.
To learn why some new nonprofits prosper when others do not requires dealing with the fact that everyone has trouble remembering things the way they happened.
Ritual feasting emerged around the time humans were beginning to farm. It came to play an important role in societal bonding, much as it does today.
Sometimes a gift that might seem reasonable is no nicer than a stocking full of coal.
Sadly, people sometimes deliberately give bad presents.
Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska. Plants on the Arctic tundra absorb mercury from the air, then transfer it to soil when they die.
How do mercury emissions from industrialized countries reach the remote Arctic? Recent research shows that plants on the tundra absorb mercury vapor through their leaves, then pass it into soil.
Big data makes it a bit easier to guess your next move.
Predicting human behavior is big business. But science may never be able to do so with perfect certainty.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for Roy Moore to step aside. He later said “let the voters decide.”
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Everything on the GOP wish list just became more daunting to achieve.
Three of these smiling people undid U.S. consumer protections online.
Federal Communications Commission
As the U.S. weakens its protections for internet users, it risks falling behind the rest of the world, which is embracing the importance of regulation to preserve an open internet.
George Henry Durrie’s ‘Winter in the Country: A Cold Morning’ (1861).
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Home can be a slippery concept. But psychologists have long understood that it plays a huge role in self-identity and emotional well-being.
Teaching kids early can help.
Teaching your kids core principles about sexuality and consent early can help them navigate the gray areas of adulthood.
A woman rallies for Doug Jones on Dec. 12. Jones defeated Republican.
Roy Moore who was accused of sexual misconduct.
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The word disruption describes an upheaval of institutionalized ways of doing things. Disruptors draw few distinctions between the valuable and less-valuable features of institutions.
Autumn edible mushrooms, mostly Boletus edulis.
The global mushroom industry is worth $35 billion yearly and growing. But mushrooms and other fungi play important ecological roles that scientists are still learning about – and some may be endangered.
Just a little obstruction at the Senate.
Republicans were able to push through a tax plan and a flurry of judicial nominees after the Senate curtailed use of the filibuster. It's time to go all the way.
More and more students at Harvard are examining their admission files to try to understand how they got in. The U.S. government is also plans to examine the files as part of a discrimination case filed by 63 Asian- American groups.
Students and government officials alike hope Harvard's admission files will yield clues about who gets in and why, but a Harvard researcher says their efforts will be in vain.
Delivering genetic material is a key challenge in gene therapy.
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One big challenge for gene therapies is delivering DNA or RNA safely to cells inside patients' bodies. New nanoparticles could be an improvement over the current standard – repurposed viruses.
Doug Jones supporters celebrate his stunning victory.
AP Photo/John Bazemore
It began with a sex scandal. How else?
Not all bathrooms are clean, which poses a problem for holiday travelers trying to keep their hands clean.
With holiday travel in full swing and people packed together in small spaces, it's important to try to stop the spread of germs. But can we really get our hands clean with a few seconds of cold water?
Imported laptop housings, Guiyu, China.
Basel Action Network
China, which recycles much of the world's waste material, is slashing its scrap imports. This move could force the United States and Europe to boost recycling instead of shipping trash overseas.
This fire season has been particularly damaging to urban areas.
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With wildfires continuing to rage across southern California, a fire researcher says lowering fire risk means reconsidering where and how we build our communities.
Only 5 percent of agricultural workers in Mexico are white, while almost 30 percent of white-collar workers are. That’s just one stat confirming that, yes, racism exists in Mexico, too.
Mexico may celebrate its mixed-race heritage, but a new study shows that racism is powerful there. Darker-skinned Mexicans earn less and finish fewer years of schooling than white citizens.
Director Bernardo Bertolucci, left, discusses a scene from “Last Tango in Paris” with leading actor Marlon Brando and actress Maria Schneider.
The important lessons from one of the most notorious cases of sexual manipulation took place not off-screen but right in front of the camera.
Humboldt Fog chèvre, born in a dream.
California's artisan cheese-making industry has followed the changing tastes of the state's population waves, from the mid-1800s through today.
Sen. Chuck Grassley recently seemed to suggest some poor people spend all their money on “booze or women or movies.”
AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall
As the GOP prepares to slash spending to pay for tax cuts, lawmakers have been bringing up claims about the poor that don't stand up to scrutiny.
Researchers are taking a close look at “college promise” programs to see if they actually help more students obtain a college education.
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As more "college promise" programs are set up in the United States, researchers will be watching to see which ones do the best job at helping students realize their college dreams.
Hanging church courtyard tile mural showing holy family traveling.
Daniel Mayer (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons
Family is not a clearly defined structure in the story: It isn’t biological or reflective of some 'norm.' It is instead a choice to stick together, come what may.
Happiness is possible during the holidays.
We all know the holidays can be stressful, but we may not realize that we often continue the cycle. Here's how to let things go and enjoy the holidays instead of dreading them.