Soviet researchers studied crime through a Marxist-Leninist lens. Under Lenin, a humanitarian approach to criminality briefly emerged, but dissipated when Stalin rose to power.
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Chess was once blamed for triggering mental health problems, including suicide and even murder. Today, the same is said of video games.
Are psychopaths cold-blooded murderers? Not usually.
Named M51-ULS-1b, it's certainly a curious astronomical event. But the evidence is far too weak to conclude "planet."
Delaying or refusing vaccines for non-medical reasons is literally a killer choice. When it comes to issues at the intersection of science and society, there are all sorts of things that […]
Were Hitler’s SS henchmen willing executioners fueled by racial propaganda or mindless servants vying for promotions?
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For decades, Americans sprayed the notorious pesticide DDT all over their homes and fields. But it turns out we may have known about — and ignored — a safer alternative used by the Nazi regime.
The scientists, not the fossil fuel industry, were right all along. Back in 1990, the world’s top climate scientists convened to put together a report on the state of Earth’s climate. […]
Although most of the Universe's mass is dark matter, which gravitates just as well as normal matter, it still can't make black holes.
Unlike much of the United States, the South has a culture of honor. While this makes Southerners more polite, it's also something of a double-edged sword.
Bill Maher called for fat shaming last week. His argument makes sense.
Many of the world's favorite records weren't really recorded by the artist on the label.
Artists and fans are the big losers as bot-powered scalpers make a killing.
The past 300,000 years occurs in the blink of a cosmic eye, but it’s meant everything to humanity. The history of humanity was anything but inevitable. Although the Universe created […]
Twenty years ago, Nintendo asked America to try to catch 'em all. We still haven't (legitimately) captured a Mew.
Maintaining a hopeful, optimistic attitude positively affects a person's health, academic performance, and relationships. But what makes someone hopeful or optimistic?
Today, we are in the golden age of meltdowns. More and more of our systems are in the danger zone, but our ability to manage them hasn’t quite caught up.