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Stressed out: Americans making themselves sick over politics

Stressed out: Americans making themselves sick over politics

Never-ending campaigns, social media, 24-hour news cycles. Politics are impossible to escape, even for the casual observer. But are policy fights and polarization more than a headache in the collective consciousness? New research from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln suggests yes — that we’re making ourselves sick over politics. Nearly 40% of Americans surveyed for the…
Millions of Americans’ medical images and data are available on the Internet

Millions of Americans’ medical images and data are available on the Internet

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica’s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. This story was co-reported with the German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk. Medical images and health data belonging to millions of Americans, including X-rays,…
Poll Finds Americans Trust Police Use of Facial Recognition

Poll Finds Americans Trust Police Use of Facial Recognition

In May, San Francisco banned city agencies like the police and sheriff’s departments from using facial recognition technologies over concerns they would be “coercive and oppressive.” The cities of Oakland and Somerville, Massachusetts followed suit this summer. Congress, too, is considering action.Despite the concerns, a new poll finds that a majority of Americans—56 percent—trust law…
African Americans’ tweets more likely to be flagged as “offensive” by hate speech algorithms

African Americans’ tweets more likely to be flagged as “offensive” by hate speech algorithms

Platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are banking on developing artificial intelligence technology to help stop the spread hateful speech on their networks. The idea is that complex algorithms that use natural language processing will flag racist or violent speech faster and better than human beings possibly can. Doing this effectively is more urgent than…
Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Of Republicans with high levels of science knowledge, less than half trust environmental scientists.Elena Lacey; Getty ImagesNothing’s more American than a science-hero—an indomitable, big-brained hasher-out of ideas that change the world, that make the impossible possible. At least since Ben Franklin sat with the founders, and certainly since Vannevar Bush explicitly connected the US’ future…

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Why Mazda is purging touchscreens from its vehicles

Tablet-like touchscreens have become the ubiquitous interfaces of choice, and they’re seemingly everywhere in daily life, on everything from thermostats to coffee makers and refrigerators. But Mazda really doesn’t think they belong in cars—or at least anywhere near the driver’s seat. It wasn’t a decision that was hastily made, according to company officials. However, as…

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