COMIC: Written into the US Constitution, the decadal tally has always started arguments. But it is also fundamental to governing.
Written by Andy Warner
It’s a hot topic under political debate: providing cash grants as a social safety net. Small programs hint at how it might work — or not — on a national scale.
Studies show talk therapy works, but experts disagree about how it does so. Finding the answer could help professionals and patients.
VIDEO: Doctored images, fake videos and computer-generated news are easier than ever to create and distribute. Here’s why you should worry and what you can do.
Interactions in physical spaces, whether around the watercooler or at the neighborhood bar, are crucial to forming social ties
By Greg Miller
Keeping on top of manipulated videos and images is no easy feat. Scientists trace the roots of their proliferation, dig up new techniques to counter digital forgeries and warn of the growing dangers ahead.
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
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
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.
Solar and wind generators have suddenly become just as cheap as other ways to produce electric power
VIDEO: Time stamps on packaging prompt consumers to toss a lot of food, but what do they actually say about safety?
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.
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
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