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Airline pilots are often exhausted. christinarosepix/Shutterstock.com

Pilots sleeping in the cockpit could improve airline safety

Pilots are often overtired, making them prone to errors. Some countries let them sleep on the job – under strict rules. Pilots love the idea, but consumers are wary, for now.
A man holds up a joint during a 2017 rally to support the legalization of marijuana in Washington, D.C. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Why do so many Americans now support legalizing marijuana?

As politically polarized as the country may seem, when it comes to marijuana, Americans across the spectrum have changed their minds. A new study says it's all thanks to the media.
How does the concept of science in the crosshairs affect opinions? gan chaonan/Shutterstock.com

Calling it a ‘war on science’ has consequences

Researchers found that aggressive messaging and framing current events as a 'war on science' had different effects on how liberals and conservatives felt about scientists' credibility.
An anti-Brexit protester speaks during a demonstration. Reuters/Henry Nicholls

How Trump and Brexit united Europe

Back in 2016, the Brexit vote and US presidential election seemed like a nationalist one-two punch that could knock out the European Union. Instead, EU support actually rose, new research shows.
Chinese scientists led by He Jiankui claimed they used CRISPR to modify human embryos that eventually were born as twin girls. AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein

Rogue science strikes again: The case of the first gene-edited babies

The announcement of the birth of babies with edited genes has been met by a deluge of scientific and ethical criticism. Public discussion focuses on risks and benefits – was breaking this taboo worth it?
Interested in a juicy burger grown in the lab? Oliver Sjöström/Unsplash

Would you eat ‘meat’ from a lab? Consumers aren’t necessarily sold on ‘cultured meat’

Cultured meat comes from cells in a lab, not muscles in an animal. While regulatory and technological aspects are being worked out, less is known about whether people are up for eating this stuff.
Historically, the high-water mark for American dissatisfaction with government was the 1970s — the era of Vietnam, Nixon and Watergate. AP Photo/John Duricka

Americans distrusted US democracy long before Trump’s Russia problem

Russian meddling has shaken Americans' faith in democracy. But public discontent after a scandal is hardly new. Trust in government began to erode under Nixon, and it's mostly worsened since then.
A man carries an anti-EU, pro-Brexit placard during in London on September 3, 2016. Justin Tallis/AFP

Debate: The rise of the global rejectionist party

Since the Brexit vote in 2016, rebellious movements have repeatedly shown their ability to shape political outcomes across the globe, often in unexpected ways: So what lies next?

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