| Apr 22, 2014
| 5:35 PM
"Supreme Court rules against affirmative action." That is likely to be a common shorthand description of Tuesday's decision upholding the constitutionality of Michigan's ban on the use of racial preferences in admission to state universities. But it's...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 1:11 PM
Can a piece of paper be a smoking gun?
A decade ago, the state of Texas executed Cameron Todd Willingham after a trial in which an arson investigation and a jailhouse snitch named Johnny Webb seemed to prove Willingham had set a 1991 house fire, killing...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 2:30 AM
What if you believed that the planet might not have warmed up the last two decades, even though carbon emissions reached all-time highs?
Or, if the earth did heat up, you thought that it was not caused by human activity?
Or, if global warming were the...
| Apr 25, 2014
| 4:39 PM
Anodyne euphemisms often indicate an uneasy conscience or a political anxiety. Or both, as when the 1976 Democratic platform chose "compensatory opportunity" as a way of blurring the fact that the party favored racial discrimination in the form of...
| Apr 28, 2014
| 2:42 PM
With student athletes participating in a variety of sports year-round and working tirelessly to earn scholarships, Marina High School decided to join the crusade to promote athletic safety.
April is National Youth Safety Month, so head athletic...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 1:02 PM
Looking for a jet-lag cure? A new mathematical model may help you overcome jet lag faster than anyone thought possible.
And scientists need your help to test it out.
A research team from the University of Michigan and Yale University has released a...
| May 1, 2014
| 5:19 PM
The University of Chicago and Knox College are among 55 schools under federal investigation for their handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints, according to a list released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education.
Both schools have...
| May 1, 2014
| 9:50 PM
Aiming to reduce sexual assault on campus, the federal government Thursday disclosed that 55 colleges and universities, including four in California, are under investigation for possibly violating the law in their handling of sexual violence and...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 3:44 PM
Among the various provisions of the Affordable Care Act, few are as controversial as the one requiring health insurance providers to include coverage for contraception. A new survey finds that support for this rule is widespread, with 69% of Americans...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Jim Gimzewski grabs a silicon wafer with a pair of tweezers and raises it to the light, thinking about Jackson Pollock, snowflakes and Tibetan mandalas.
No bigger than a quarter, the wafer looks like a small circuit board with a dozen or so electrodes...
| May 3, 2014
| 4:47 PM
Before you read any further, I must caution you: This column is about trigger warnings. Proceed at your own discretion.
In case you haven't heard of them, trigger warnings are the latest controversy to infect the educational realm. These cautionary...