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Title IX babies, bias in judges, and the Bible.
IDEAS | ALEX BEAM
Distasteful people can do wonderful work, but their art doesn’t excuse their noxious behavior.
OPINION | Robert L. Tsai
How do supporters of gradualism resist constitutional radicalism?
IDEAS | Michael J. Glennon
Will the double government have the same ability to check the power of the Trump administration?
Ideas | Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
What should we do about aggressive starlings and other invasive species? Here’s one answer: nothing.
Ideas | David Scharfenberg
Can an old movement plot a new way forward?
Why facial expressions are often misleading.
What the heck just happened in that election? Harvard political philosopher Michael Sandel offers some perspective.
How differently would people have voted if it was windy?
The connection between climate change and armed violence is clear.
Ideas | Christopher Klein
How the advent of a new medium woke the public up to the horrors of slavery.
A study last year showed that straight women were more likely to trust advice or help from gay men.
Harvard psychologist Susan Carey identifies leaps in logical capacity in children.
Ideas | Michael Rezendes
Why the cycle of scandal, reform, and scandal at Bridgewater State Hospital has seemed impossible to break.
Winning the prize at a company blood drive.
Suddenly, a word that began in the 1800s is on the tip of everyone’s tongue.
A new study finds the quantum nature of protons could be behind one of the body’s most important processes.
Ideas | Chloe K. Fox
Our archaic medical education system isn’t kind to women — that’s starting to change.
Losses by state and local Green Party candidates were associated with more incidents of sabotage by environmentalists.
Rushing to the hospital in 1972.
IDEAS | BETH WOLFENSBERGER SINGER
The campaign is over, after many grueling months. How could we have better spent our time?
Opinion | Stephen Kinzer
Voters have driven a stake not only into the heart of the Clinton machine, but also into the heart of the American foreign policy establishment.
Ideas | Richard Blanco
Blanco was the 2013 presidential inaugural poet. This poem is from his forthcoming book, “Boundaries.”
Opinion | Scott Gilmore
Canadian outrage is quaint, almost ridiculous, when you consider the use of solitary confinement is so common in the United States.
Before you agree to work somewhere, check the boss’s political donations.
Growing up with a neighbor in the Fire Department.
Opinion | Kenneth N. Berkowitz
In the United States and most of the Western world, attacks on police officers have been rare and isolated — until now.
Craft breweries have popped up across the globe in the past decade and with them, a growing public fluency in the language of beer.
The “October surprise” is part of American elections. In international affairs, there’s a potentially more dangerous phenomenon: the November blitz.
IDEAS | PHILIP BENNETT
Endless war images promote numbness, not empathy. Doris Salcedo, subject of a new Harvard exhibit, wants to help.
Researchers are developing cheap, disposable satellites that can work together and go where satellites could not go before.
Ideas | Laurence Scott
“OK” was the first word spoken on the moon. Now its negation seeks to expose the lunacy of our times.
The Cuban Missile Crisis, Saturday, October 27, 1962.
Ideas | Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
How sound you can’t hear can make you shiver, see things, and believe in spirits.
They’re the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just don’t hold with such nonsense.
Ideas | Richard Kreitner
The Worcester Disunion Convention could have led to civil war.
IDEAS | Andrew J. Bacevich
Barring an upset on Nov. 8, the culture wars that animated so much of US politics for the last half-century have now essentially ended.
Opinion | James Murphy
A successful social media strategy includes two-way conversations, something almost entirely absent from Trump’s feed.
Ideas | Michael J. Socolow
Every oarsman, and coxswain, knows when swing occurs.
Broken windows theory has influenced criminology for decades.
Ideas | Matthew Hutson
Absolute power may corrupt. But emerging research shows that newfound power makes people manipulative — especially when they’re insecure.
“I think of the 1970s, when my dad would double-park the roofing truck.”
OPINION | Scott Gilmore
Global trends toward interconnection, economic growth, social progress, and stronger civil society have not completely bypassed the Islamic world.
Psychologists found that social class is associated with what people pay attention to, and for how long.
Ideas | David M. Shribman
The Democrats, who see themselves as the defenders of rank-and-file workers, face an identity crisis as their party goes upscale.
IDEAS | Ray Cavanaugh
Come for the Bard, stay for the forgeries.