Polling can take the pulse of a population’s sentiment, but swing voters, skewed samples and other issues have always limited its ability to pick a winner
By Marcus Woo
More people are choosing what to eat based on where it was grown, made or created. An anthropologist looks at the myriad ways we link food to place — and whether it really could make a difference.
Therapies tailored to a tumor’s genetic markers show promise, but figuring out who’s most likely to benefit presents new challenges for scientists
Interactions in physical spaces, whether around the watercooler or at the neighborhood bar, are crucial to forming social ties
Are we supposed to take care of the planet or should it take care of us? Willis Jenkins explains how religion shapes the conflicting views over climate change and other environmental issues.
By Stephanie Parker
Learning a language is child’s play, but linguists are still trying to understand how children do it so easily
As locking up immigrants has become common in the US, scholars tackle ‘crimmigration’ and its complexities
War, disasters, trafficking and immigration are tearing millions of children from their parents all around the world. A psychologist explores how to help them recover.
The vast majority of people in antiquity were too poor to leave many artifacts behind. But archaeologists have learned how to look beyond the temples and palaces.
By Bob Holmes
Solar and wind generators have suddenly become just as cheap as other ways to produce electric power
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To slow or stop global warming, the world agrees it must cut carbon dioxide emissions. But monitoring each nation’s output of greenhouse gases is not always straightforward.
The scientific literature is riddled with bad charts and graphs, leading to misunderstanding and worse. Avoiding design missteps can improve understanding of research.
The ancient pathogens in old graves are as dead as the people they once infected. Still, they tell a vivid tale.
Not all surgeons are equally skilled with a scalpel. Doctors are developing new ways to test — and improve — operating room performance.
An increasing number of cities and countries have begun taxing sugary beverages. But can raising the price of these drinks really make a dent in obesity, diabetes and other ailments?
Research is starting to reveal how the urge for vengeance may have evolved, when it can be useful and what could prevent the violence it can provoke
Digital play can enhance certain types of learning, but how to harness that potential for the classroom remains a prize question
A sociologist explains how to get the most out of the final months of life
States of mind that the legal system cares about — memory, responsibility and mental maturity — have long been difficult to describe objectively, but neuroscientists are starting to detect patterns. Coming soon to a courtroom near you?
Moneyball-like statistical tools have already changed baseball, basketball and football. But bringing such methods to the ice has proved challenging. That might soon be changing.