Lattes today, hot dogs tomorrow? Why health warnings in California crop up in many — and sometimes surprising — places and why you should care
By Kendall Powell
Taking advantage of “natural experiments,” researchers analyze data to look at what works
Economist Antoinette Schoar and colleagues found that middle-class homebuyers had more to do with 2008’s real estate crash than the less-wealthy consumers usually blamed for it.
Economists tracking changes post-recession say safeguards should reduce the vast vulnerabilities seen 10 years ago. But putting out fires may be harder.
From rocket thrusters to shoe soles, additive technologies expand their sights
By M. Mitchell Waldrop
Timeline: Major moments of the 2008 global financial crisis
An environmental historian looks at how Americans treat corpses and what it means
From romaine to snack crackers, foodborne disease outbreaks have increasingly worried the public. Cold plasma and high-pressure systems might help reduce the risks.
The dark side of “service with a smile”
By Chris Woolston
New technologies to predict spoilage time could slash the massive waste between farm and fork
Travelers’ desire for intimate encounters with wildlife may threaten the animals they love
COMIC: Bite marks, shoe prints, crime-scene fibers: Matches to suspects are often far shakier than courtroom experts claim. Better statistical methods — among them, a little beast known as the “likelihood ratio” — can cut down on wrong convictions.
Today’s astounding computing power offers great potential for reducing crime, but a criminologist says law enforcement has yet to find ways to fully tap it.
The Farm Bill is a hulking piece of super-complicated legislation. Here’s a brief look at its roots, how it grew, and events beyond its scope that shaped American agriculture.
America has grown obese on processed, sugary and deceptively cheap foods. Some blame policies enshrined in an unwieldy, bloated beast of legislation.
We can readily manipulate all kinds of objects; for them, versatility is a huge struggle. They need better mechanics — and a lot more of the intelligence that goes into handling things.
Could cleaning up neighborhoods make cities safer? Researchers are looking at novel, inexpensive solutions to crime that everyone can agree on.
The little that we know about breastfeeding tells us a lot — imagine if we knew more
Archaeologists turn to other scientific fields to fill in the picture of how victims lived and why they died
The author of This Is Your Brain on Music talks about the very human ways the mind and body keep the beat.
Criminologist Charis Kubrin has spent more than a decade researching the effects of immigration on law and order. She’s finding that it takes more than data to make her case.