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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Plight of the funny female

A few years ago, Laura Mickes was teaching her reg­ular under­grad­uate class on child­hood psy­cho­log­ical dis­or­ders at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­fornia, San Diego. It was a weighty sub­ject, so occasionally […]

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The front-​​runner fallacy

Of course, some­times the early polls do get it right. Typ­i­cally this hap­pens in races with few com­peti­tors, as when then–Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore led the Demo­c­ratic field throughout 1999, […]

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How surge pricing works

Three com­puter sci­en­tists studying Uber’s surge pricing have devised a simple rec­om­men­da­tion for thwarting the algo­rithm: Walk. The car-​​​​service app increases prices when demand for the ser­vice is higher than normal, […]

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Finding solidarity in disaster

Yet that does not mean that gov­ern­ment policy is unim­por­tant. Daniel Aldrich, a polit­ical sci­en­tist, showed that in a series of Asian dis­as­ters, vil­lages with stronger and more par­tic­i­pa­tory local […]

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