An autonomous vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian on March 18.
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Companies developing autonomous vehicles are missing out on the local knowledge and values of the people who live where these cars are tested. And that lack of engagement sets up bigger problems.
Syrians go on a picnic on Friday, March 14, 2008 in Ghouta, before the destruction of the region.
Ghouta, Syria is being destroyed. The news from Ghouta is all about death and destruction. But Ghouta's past was all about beauty and fertility – when its very name meant an oasis filled with green.
Celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
Asian-Americans are extremely diverse. Fear of giving the government personal data may make it more difficult to provide the right educational, health care and other services to specific populations.
Students rally outside the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, on March 14, 2018 to protest gun violence.
In order to prevent school shootings, schools must use threat assessments like the ones that law enforcement uses to protect public figures, a leading expert on school safety argues on Capitol Hill.
The US AID program has provided the contraceptive Depo-Provera to other countries, including Senegal.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
Using 'humanized mice,' researchers found more evidence that a widely used contraceptive may make women more susceptible to HIV infection.
What these people are seeing isn’t real – but they might think it is.
AP Photo/Francisco Seco
As the internet-connected world reels from revelations about personalized manipulation based on Facebook data, a scholar of virtual reality warns there's an even bigger crisis of trust on the horizon.
Facebook’s data know exactly what fits best in your mind.
Facebook harvests individual users' data and sells it to advertisers, who narrowly target specific messages to particular people not just for profit, but for partisan political gain.
Some information on the climate has been obscured.
Despite scientists' initial concerns, federal climate change data sets are still available. But other documents and web pages have changed over the last year.
A finished steel coil is marked with its information by a worker at a mill in Farrell, Pennsylvania.
President Trump's new tariffs suggest he doesn't understand why American steel and aluminum have been hurt in the first place.
A naturalization ceremony in Los Angeles.
AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
How Americans decide who can come into the country and who can stay reflects beliefs about what makes people worthy of opportunity.
Efforts to ban school suspensions to reduce racial disparities are on the rise, but experts warn they could backfire.
Some school districts are moving to cut back on the use of suspensions. But if school discipline reforms are not implemented in a thoughtful way, classrooms may become harder to manage.
Fourier’s name is inscribed on the Eiffel Tower.
Fourier's discoveries can still be felt in modern-day radiology, climate science and physics.
Subbing new risks for the current dyes’ dangers?
Less-toxic hair dye would be a great invention. But discounting the risks that come with nanoparticles could undermine other efforts to protect human health and environmental from their effects.
There are nanometals in your washing machine.
Many socks, towels and other textiles are treated with silver nanoparticles to kill germs and odors. When the silver washes out, it can pollute waterways. Two chemists propose a way to collect it from wastewater.
The MS-13 gang operates in Central America, Mexico and the U.S. But so far its efforts to get into the drug business have failed.
Trump justice officials portray the Salvadoran gang MS-13 as a powerful drug cartel staffed with criminal undocumented immigrants. That's a dangerous mistake if you actually want to prevent violence.
Okay, we get it, you’re happy – no need to rub it in.
Their culture places a high value on something many Americans don't.
Palestinian laborers work at a construction site in an Israeli settlement near Jerusalem in 2017.
AP Photo/Oded Balilty
The Trump administration may believe they have the key to an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement – when others have failed. But it ignores how Israelis and Palestinians feel about such an agreement.
The US is only the 18th happiest country in the world. That's the lowest ranking since reporting began in 2012. What are policymakers doing wrong?
Kurdish women serve on the front lines of the conflicts in Syria, Turkey and Iraq.
Kurdish female fighters are on the front lines of conflicts in Turkey, Syria and Iraq, and they bring their particular brand of radical feminism with them.
A bad interest rate can make your new car a lot more costly.
AP Photo/Carlos Osorio
Most of us bargain hunt when shopping for a new blouse or pair of blue jeans, yet for some reason we don't with interest rates, potentially costing us thousands of dollars.
An ice sculpture titled ‘Main Street Meltdown’ melts near Wall Street.
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
The collapse of an obscure corner of the financial market a decade ago foreshadowed the Great Recession. The stock-market swoon in February should offer a similar warning.
President Donald Trump reviews border wall prototypes in San Diego.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci
A legal scholar explains how even in the early days of the republic, Americans struggled to agree on who had the final say on immigration issues.
Edward Hopper’s ‘Office in a Small City’ (1953).
Although loneliness may seem timeless and universal, the word seems to have originated in the 16th century,
Dead from the My Lai massacre.
Peers Inquiry, v.3/Ron Haeberle
If Americans remember My Lai, they likely know that something awful happened there. On this 50th anniversary, it is worth recalling the grotesque details, in the hope of preventing a future My Lai.
A self-portrait of the artist Thomas Eakins, one of the most celebrated painters in American history.
National Academy Museum, New York
If we’re going to grasp what makes Eakins' art so tragically powerful, we should be honest about the man who made them – and the impulses that drove him.