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‘It’ll Never Stop!’ Linguistics Scholar Warns of Great Emoji Flood

The demand for new emoji has made the work of the Unicode Consortium, which develops standards for the display of text in software, newly relevant. But has it gotten out of hand?

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The Life of ‘The Party Decides’

Four political-science professors contemplate the improbable rise and fall of an obscure academic text in the time of Trump.

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Zika Virus Complicates Crusade Against Research on Fetal Tissue  

Many, but not all, medical researchers say the material is vital for investigating how the virus affects infants’ brains while still in the womb.

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The Pentagon Wants to Expand University Research Ties. Here’s What It’s Looking For.  

Stephen P. Welby, the new assistant secretary for research and engineering, says the Defense Department wants to build more relationships "with smart folks who are thinking about the future," including campus scientists.

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We May Know Less Than We Thought About What Helps or Hurts Students  

New studies argue that much research on educational outcomes fails to fully account for students’ predispositions or the risks of too much of a good thing.

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The Researchers Who Sank a Bogus Canvassing Study Have Replicated Some of Its Findings

David Broockman and Joshua Kalla exposed major flaws in a celebrated piece of political-science research. Their new paper builds on that debunked project — but this time, they say, the data are real.

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When States Tie Money to Colleges’ Performance, Low-Income Students May Suffer

Some observers have worried that states’ efforts to make colleges more efficient could box out less-advantaged students. New research suggests they may be right.

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Northwestern U. Surgeon Is Cleared in Lawsuit Over Cardiac Device  

The jury sided with the surgeon, who argued that his use of the unapproved device in patients was allowed under federal rules.

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The Calculated Value of a President With a STEM Degree  

For most of the scientists who are in charge of a growing number of universities, leadership is a continued form of experimentation.

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A Year After a Climate-Change Controversy, Smithsonian and Journals Still Seek Balance on Disclosure Rules  

Wei-Hock (Willie) Soon traded on connections to Harvard and the Smithsonian while failing to disclose that energy companies had supported his research on global warming. The institutions say there’s only so much they can do to keep it from happening again.

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In an Era of Tighter Budgets, Researchers Find Tenure Without Grants  

No major funding, no chance at becoming a full professor, right? Now that there’s less federal money to go around, that’s no longer the case.

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A Scholar’s Sting of Education Conferences Stirs a Hornet’s Nest  

Jim Vander Putten sought to expose the dissemination of bad research, but his own university says he committed misconduct. His unusual case highlights questions about institutional review boards and the judgments they make.

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A Major Miss in Michigan Puts Polling Under the Microscope

No pollsters saw Bernie Sanders’s upset of Hillary Clinton in the state’s Democratic primary coming. John Della Volpe, director of polling at Harvard’s Institute of Politics, explains why polling doesn’t seem to improve over time.

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The Subtle Ways Gender Gaps Persist in Science  

Recent studies, many of them by early-career scientists, are teasing out a more nuanced story than the one in the headlines.

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How the U. of Tulsa Landed Bob Dylan’s ‘Secret Archive’

Many were surprised that the legendary musician chose to leave his material in a state that does not figure prominently in his past. But the deal was more than a year in the making.

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Can Science’s Reproducibility Crisis Be Reproduced?

Two new papers argue that fears about the replicability of scientific research might be overstated. They won’t close the book on the matter, though.

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U.S. Medical Schools Are Faulted for Failing to Report Results of Human Trials  

Less than a third of studies completed at major academic centers yield published results within two years, an analysis shows.

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From the Discovery of the Century, a Journal Gets More Than 15 Minutes of Fame (and a 404)  

The stunning announcement that researchers had detected gravitational waves threw the scientific world into a frenzy on Thursday. At the center of it was one journal and an editor.

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Northwestern U. Loses Round Over Unauthorized Patient Testing  

The university's teaching hospital and its chief of cardiac surgery remain as defendants in a lawsuit that alleges a lack of informed consent.

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The Water Next Time: Professor Who Helped Expose Crisis in Flint Says Public Science Is Broken

Marc Edwards, a professor of civil engineering at Virginia Tech, has become something of a folk hero for his role in identifying lead in the city’s water. But he says he takes no pleasure in the attention. Instead he worries that university research is "no longer deserving of the public trust."