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The digital currency has caused any number of headaches for law enforcement. Now entrepreneurs and academics are scrambling to build a better version
Cities can’t win. When they do well, people resent them as citadels of inequality; when they do badly, they are cesspools of hopelessness
Autism is a valuable part of humanity’s genetic legacy
How far did the Old Kingdom pharaohs go to build the pyramids at Giza? The discovery of the world’s oldest papyrus and a long-lost Red Sea port offers startling new clues
The world is full of needless suffering. How should each of us respond? Should we live as moral a life as possible, even giving away most of our earnings? A new movement argues that we are not doing enough to help those in need
Robert B. Reich: Inequality and other pressing issues are fundamentally political, and political scientists must take up the gauntlet
Computers govern how long the microwave heats food or the dryer spins clothes. Can they learn to form ideas and theories about the world around them as well?
Good news! Dire predictions about cancer epidemics, mass extinction, overpopulation, and more turned out to be a bust
David Hume, the Buddha, and a search for the Eastern roots of the Western Enlightenment
Researchers are getting closer to providing us with cheap alternatives to meat that even carnivores will enjoy
Interdisciplinarity has become all the rage as scientists tackle climate change and other intractable issues. But there is still strong resistance to crossing borders
Inequality, far from enhancing economic growth, actually damages it
Why is the welfare state under attack when happiness economics shows it is the system most conducive to human wellbeing?
Does Darwin’s theory apply to everything, from the internet to leadership? The columnist and disgraced banker has written a bumptious, misguided book
Neuroaesthetics seems unable even to bring its own subject matter, art, under observation
Homo naledi deliberately disposed of its dead
Archaeology is moving underwater and along riverbanks to find clues left by the people who colonized the New World
Such prohibitions promote a sense of justice and fairness that we reject in other aspects of society
DNA from ancient remains seems to have solved the puzzle of one of Europe's most enigmatic people: the Basques
Psychologists used to manipulate and deceive their subjects with impunity. Did the end justify the means?