Hundreds of bishops, priests, missionaries and tribal leaders are at the Vatican for the Synod of the Amazon, a three-week meeting focused on the environmental crisis threatening Amazonian peoples.
Blockchain technology can address some weaknesses in voting systems, but not all of them – and it opens new potential vulnerabilities, too.
Benzodiazepines, or benzos, are some of the most widely prescribed drugs in the US. They are meant to be used only short-term, but thousands use them long-term. That's a big worry.
The Trump administration's tendency to follow rules only if they're in its interest could end up hurting the US in the long run.
A new film on beloved children's television icon Fred Rogers hits theaters next month. Rogers' moral values contributed to the power and appeal of his neighborhood.
Colleges and universities have banned fraternities from campus to stave off problem drinking and hazing incidents. But a researcher says those problems are deeper than any campus ban can solve.
Opioid overdoses killed 47,000 Americans in 2017 — more than gun violence. Many fewer would have died if they'd been treated with the life-saving drug naloxone, also called Narcan.
Social networks connecting us through kinship and friendship are often small. This can often lead to surprising points of connection between two people who do not know each other.
Women in the workplace face discrimination at every level, including in upper management.
As climate change intensifies the risk of wildfires in California, insurers are dropping coverage for many homeowners.
A proposal to double the value of Pell Grants for college students could finally start to restore their value to what they were when they were created back in 1972.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is empowering children around the world by encouraging them to see themselves as important and valuable members of society.
The recent death of Elijah Cummings at age 68 underscores a disturbing statistic: black men die, on average, five years younger than white men. A study shows racism's effects on gene activity.
Over the past few decades, the US has gradually lowered the ceiling for refugees.
China is betting that a massive set of investments around the world will bring it economic prosperity and international political power.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for teens in America. But there may be ways to study the stress response and figure out who is most at risk.
Donald Trump has some ideas about how to end homelessness in the US. Los Angeles' recent experiences may be an important part of the discussion.
Up until the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, gambling and baseball had a marriage of convenience. A century later, gambling is again being seen as a solution to the sport's woes.
Brain functions integrate and compress multiple components of an experience, including sight and smell – which simply can't be handled in the way computers sense, process and store data.
Many recent executions in the US by lethal injections have resulted in prolonged suffering before death. A historian asks: Could the guillotine be a preferable method?
Investing in farming methods that improve lands and water, and in rural infrastructure and markets, could bring new prosperity to agricultural communities.
Students looking to gain an academic edge by taking stimulants such as Adderall fail to do better on tests and also mess up their sleep. A neuroscientist explains why.
Francis Townsend had a similar if less ambitious idea in the 1930s that never got through Congress but ended up making Social Security a lot more generous.
How much is your suffering worth in court? Often, it depends on the judge. But justice may be better served by letting victims choose between monetary compensation and a more restorative remedy.
These tiny nanoparticles might provide a new way to see what's happening in the brain and even deliver treatments to specific cells – if researchers figure out how to use them safely and effectively.