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Bias in Criminal Risk Scores Is Mathematically Inevitable, Researchers Say

The racial bias that ProPublica found in a formula used by courts and parole boards to forecast future criminal behavior arises inevitably from the …

University of Chicago

Why One Swiss Town Won’t Accept Refugees

One of the wealthiest villages in Switzerland will pay a fine to keep refugees out.<p>A village in Switzerland would rather pay a fine of close to $290,000 than accept 10 refugees, required under the country’s quota to deal with the 1 million refugees and migrants who have arrived in Europe in recent …

Syrian Refugees

The Pillaging of America's State Universities

The financial struggle of public research institutions may be a matter of choice—not necessity, as public leaders say.<p>America’s great public research universities, which produce path-breaking discoveries and train some of the country’s most talented young students, are under siege. The result may …

Higher Education

“God’s Work”

<i>Audio:</i> Kevin Canty reads.<p>Sander loves his mother. He walks a few steps after her, wearing a new black suit that has room for him to grow into, carrying a big black valise of pamphlets. When his mother goes to the front door, rings the bell, waits for an answer, Sander stands behind her, looking …

Humans Evolved to Believe In God, This Theory Argues

More than eight in ten people worldwide believe in some form of religion.<p>More than eight in ten people worldwide have some sort of religious belief, according to a Pew Research Center study. Approximately one third of those people are Christian.<p>Even though the percentage of people who identify as …

A zero-hours contract is not 'flexibility' but exploitation – and it's rising

These contracts are a symbol of an insecure labour market in which the balance of power is tilted decisively in favour of employers<p>The phrase “zero-hours contract” was virtually unheard of in Britain a decade ago. That’s not surprising, since in the years leading up to the start of the financial …