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The Case for the Cosby Joke

At the Golden Globes, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler broke with good taste, but with a purpose.<p>The case against joking about Bill Cosby’s alleged sex crimes is pretty easy to make, and pretty hard to argue with. For the more than 20 women who've accused the comedian of rape or assault, a bit like the one …

Hotter Than Lava

Every day, cops toss dangerous military-style grenades during raids, with little oversight and horrifying results.<p>It was just before dawn when 18 police officers poured out of an armored truck and an unmarked white van at the Laurel Park apartment complex on the outskirts of Atlanta. A few days …

Joint Pain, From the Gut

Scientists don't know what causes rheumatoid arthritis, but many suspect that the microbiome—the bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tracts—may be to blame.<p>Doctors aren’t entirely sure what triggers rheumatoid arthritis, a disease in which the body turns on itself to attack the joints, but …

The Voice-Activated Video Game

Instead of pressing buttons, Mayday! Deep Space uses voice recognition to build a relationship between the player and the main character.<p>When he was in grad school, the roboticist Daniel Wilson installed 150 binary sensors in his house. They ranged from infrared motion sensors—the kind you find in …

Not Everyone's Internal Clock Is Set for the 9-to-5

Sleep disorders put some workers out of sync with traditional schedules and are estimated to cost employers $2,000 per employee in lost productivity every year.<p>No matter how early she went to bed, Maggie couldn’t fall asleep until the early hours of the morning. Though constantly exhausted, Maggie …

The Myth of Neutral Technology

Tools like body cameras for police officers can be only as effective at reducing inequalities in law enforcement as the humans using them.<p>In the aftermath of the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the debate about police violence and safety has gained new national attention. Some politicians, …

Promoting the Dead on Facebook

Why did my News Feed suggest I like a page for a stranger who died in 2013?<p>Late last month, I noticed an odd post in the News Feed of my Facebook mobile app. It was a black-and-white picture of a girl wearing snorkeling goggles and winking at the camera. And it linked back to a page titled, "In …

What It Takes to Get Into New York City's Best Public Colleges

An increasing emphasis on SAT scores is making it harder for black and Latino students to go to CUNY's top five schools.<p><i>Editor's note: This article has been significantly revised post-publication to correct for factual errors in the original version.</i><i>*</i><p>Since it went through an aggressive, system-wide …

When Priorities Clash, Time Seems Shorter

Considering the opportunity cost of things might be practical, but it can also make your day seem a lot shorter.<p>“It's a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.” That's a quote from <i>Harry Potter</i> author …

Fake News From the Holy Land

Israel's satirists believe laughter helps preserve sanity. But can they really lighten the mood?<p>TEL AVIV—When a European Union court ruled in December that the Palestinian militant organization Hamas should be removed from the EU’s list of designated terrorist organizations, Israeli newspapers …

Same Performance, Better Grades

Academic achievement hasn't improved much, so why are college-goers getting higher GPAs than ever before?<p>It’s raining As in America’s higher education system, and not necessarily because students are particularly smart. In fact, many of them probably don’t deserve the high marks they’re getting. …

Man freed by DNA evidence after 20 years dies a year later

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> When Sharrif Wilson was released after being wrongfully imprisoned for more than 20 years, he couldn't wait to have a hot slice of New York pizza.<p>"I feel free. I feel great right now. I'll able to do things that I [couldn't] do for the last 21 years," Wilson told CNN the day after …

Coney Island

It’s 2015 and I just bought a Sony Walkman

As someone who was born when The Beatles were still together (just barely!), I’ve witnessed much of the modern music revolution: From vinyl to …

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