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Baseball’s biggest problem isn’t pace of play – it’s teams tanking

Adam Felder, University of Virginia Major League Baseball is in trouble. But for all of Commissioner Rob Manfred’s concerns about pace of play, he’s looking...

Oscars 2019: Beyond the stats, why diversity matters

Dorinne Kondo, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences With the Academy Awards approaching, the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative released its...

Why it’s so difficult for scientists to predict the next outbreak...

C. Brandon Ogbunu, Brown University; Randall Harp, University of Vermont, and Samuel V. Scarpino, Northeastern University A two-year-old boy in rural Guinea died of Ebola...

Are autonomous cars really safer than human drivers?

Peter Hancock, University of Central Florida Much of the push toward self-driving cars has been underwritten by the hope that they will save lives by...

Why Puerto Rico ‘doesn’t count’ to the US government

Jay L. Zagorsky, The Ohio State University Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September, destroying homes, crops and communications. Many weeks later, power...

The psychology of the clutch athlete

Mark Otten, California State University, Northridge “I don’t know. It’s unbelievable. It’s amazing,” said Dodgers outfielder Enrique “Kiké” Hernandez after game 5 of the National...

Are catastrophic disasters striking more often?

Jay L. Zagorsky, The Ohio State University No sooner had Hurricane Harvey’s record rains receded from Houston and neighboring cities than the residents of Florida...

How math education can catch up to the 21st century

Mary E. Pilgrim, Colorado State University and Thomas Dick, Oregon State University In 1939, the fictional professor J. Abner Pediwell published a curious book called...

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Brains transform remote threats into anxiety

By Kevin LaBar, Duke University Modern life can feel defined by low-level anxiety swirling through society. Continual reports about terrorism and war. A struggle to...