Give the unemployed a second chance

With three unem­ployed workers for every job opening, employers can be selec­tive. In star­tling research, Rand Ghayad, a labor econ­o­mist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, found that prospec­tive employers con­sis­tently threw out […]

Paris attacks prompt European terror sweep

After years of wor­rying about the poten­tial for terror attacks as hun­dreds of fighters returned from Syria with fresh combat skills, Euro­pean secu­rity offi­cials mobi­lized yes­terday, swooping in on the […]

US on edge after Paris attacks

The attack against the French news­paper Charlie Hebdo was claimed by al-​​​​Qaeda in the Ara­bian Penin­sula, the Yemeni branch of the move­ment, which is “par­tic­u­larly wor­ri­some for the US.” “AQAP is […]

The long quest to make machines talk

As early as the 1700s, sci­en­tists built speaking machines that, through var­ious com­bi­na­tions of reeds, bel­lows, and pipes, sim­u­lated the sounds of the human voice. Then, in 1939, Bell Labs […]