How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts

All of these data have enabled casinos to specif­i­cally target their most reli­able spenders, pri­marily problem gam­blers and out­right addicts. Despite those cus­tomers’ big losses—or rather, because of their losses—the […]

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Testing Federal Power Over Immigration

Extending def­er­ence to Con­gress to allow it to dis­crim­i­nate in cit­i­zen­ship laws would drill a hole in the heart of the Equal Pro­tec­tion Clause,” argues Martha F. Davis of Northeastern […]

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How Many Fish Are in the Sea?

On a clear, cold day off the coast near Woods Hole on Cape Cod, a small crane lifted the six-​​​​foot yellow torpedo-​​​​shaped machine off the boat and into the water. […]

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The Americans who stockpile guns

There are hun­dreds of mil­lions of guns in the United States—enough, according to sev­eral esti­mates, for every Amer­ican civilian adult to own more than one. But actual gun own­er­ship is far […]

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Learning to live with terrorism

In word and in deed, Obama has empha­sized resilience to ter­rorism more than many other U.S. leaders, said Stephen Flynn, a national-​​​​security expert at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. But the shift Obama […]

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When Should Hacking Be Legal?

When Aaron Swartz, a promi­nent pro­grammer and dig­ital activist, was arrested in 2011, he was halfway through a fel­low­ship at Harvard’s Center for Ethics. Police took him in after he […]

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Why luck matters more than you might think

Exper­i­ments by David DeSteno, a psy­chol­o­gist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, offer addi­tional evi­dence that grat­i­tude might lead to greater will­ing­ness to sup­port the common good. In one widely cited study, he […]

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Where the whale things are

Whales, the biggest ani­mals on the planet, are also among the hardest to find. They spend most of their time sub­merged and unseen. But not unheard: Whales are noisy animals […]

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