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How elite private colleges might serve black students better
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How elite private colleges might serve black students better

A Q&A with David Oxtoby, president of Pomona College.

The physics of sliding on ice
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The physics of sliding on ice

A new mathematical model could answer puzzling questions about frozen water.

The narco-terror trap
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The narco-terror trap

The DEA warns that drugs are funding terror. An examination of cases raises questions about whether the agency is stopping threats or staging them.

Could you answer these Common Core test questions?
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Could you answer these Common Core test questions?

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia are now using the same math and English standards, but the tests they use to determine how well students have mastered them still vary significantly.

Privacy not included: Federal law lags behind new tech
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Privacy not included: Federal law lags behind new tech

At-home paternity tests fall outside the federal privacy law's purview. So do wearables that measure steps and sleep, testing firms like 23andMe, and online places where people store health records.

When something goes wrong at the hospital, who pays?
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When something goes wrong at the hospital, who pays?

Whether because of mistakes, infections or plain bad luck, those who go in don’t always come out better.

When students become patients, privacy suffers
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When students become patients, privacy suffers

Weaknesses in state and federal laws — and the often-conflicting motives of students, parents, and college officials — have left patient privacy vulnerable when students receive medical treatment on campus.

curling
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The controversy that's rocking the world of competitive curling

Top players are concerned that "directional fabric" on curling brooms makes it too easy to control the direction of the sliding rock.

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In tracking outbreaks of food poisoning, can Yelp help?

Yelp’s usefulness for epidemiologists is going to depend a lot on how it handles food poisoning complaints down the road.

Communities come together to increase college-going from the ground up
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Communities come together to increase college-going from the ground up

Business, civic coalitions pick up where the federal and state governments fall short.

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Inside the spaceflight of 'The Martian'

A look at the real-life science of the spacecraft and mission in the book and movie.

How some Alabama hospitals quietly drug test new mothers
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How some Alabama hospitals quietly drug test new mothers — without their consent

In Alabama, a positive drug test can have dire repercussions for pregnant women and new mothers. Their newborns can be taken from them. They can lose custody of their other children.

A Minnesota woman’s tireless campaign to crack a decades-old cold case
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A Minnesota woman’s tireless campaign to crack a decades-old cold case

When a retired police officer told Deb Anderson about the Jane Doe in her small town of Blue Earth, she couldn’t believe someone could die unidentified.

Hospitals push physicians to improve their bedside manners
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Under pressure, hospitals push physicians to improve their bedside manners

Payment initiatives and increasing patient expectations are slowly forcing changes, encouraging doctors to be better listeners and more sensitive to patients’ needs.

When big data becomes bad data
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When big data becomes bad data

Even a seemingly neutral price model can potentially lead to inadvertent bias — bias that's hard for consumers to detect and even harder to challenge or prove.

People are still living in FEMA’s toxic Katrina trailers
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People are still living in FEMA’s toxic Katrina trailers — and they likely have no idea

In the oil fields of Alexander, North Dakota, people had, at best, only a dim memory of hearing something bad about the trailers on the late night news.

Wisconsin joins national push to curb solitary confinement
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Wisconsin joins national push to curb solitary confinement

Prisoner advocates praise the new policies but continue to push for ending severe isolation, which many liken to torture.

New grape breeds reduce the chill for northern U.S. vineyards
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New grape breeds reduce the chill for northern U.S. vineyards

The Northern Grapes Project is trying to grow wine grapes where summers are short and winters brutal. Scientists who are breeding the grapes say the wine is improving every year.

'Stay far, far away' and other things gleaned from Yelp health reviews
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'Stay far, far away' and other things gleaned from Yelp health reviews

Though Yelp has become synonymous with restaurant and store reviews, an analysis of its health profiles shows some interesting trends.

Human activity forces dolphins and whales to shout
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Human activity forces dolphins and whales to shout

The oceans are not silent. In fact, they are louder than ever. And that, scientists believe, is a problem.