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THE CONVERSATION US launched as a pilot project in October 2014. It is an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public. Our team of professional editors work with university and research institute experts to unlock their knowledge for use by the wider public. We aim to help rebuild trust in journalism. All authors and editors sign up to our Editorial Charter. All contributors must abide by our Community Standards policy. We only allow authors to write on a subject on which they have proven expertise, which they must disclose alongside their article. Authors’ funding and potential conflicts of interest must also be disclosed. Failure to do so carries a risk of being banned from contributing to the site. The Conversation started in Melbourne Victoria and the innovative technology platform and development team is based in the university and research precinct of Carlton. Our newsroom is based in Boston but our team is part of a global newsroom able to share content across sites and around the world. The Conversation US is a non-profit educational entity.​
Anjana Susarla, Michigan State University Every aspect of life can be guided by artificial intelligence algorithms – from choosing what route to take for your morning commute, to deciding whom to take on a date, to complex legal and judicial...
Our calculator will guess how many healthy years of life you have left Jeyaraj Vadiveloo, University of Connecticut As the old saying goes, the only things certain in life are death and taxes. While death is inevitable, the quality of life...
Edwin Amenta, University of California, Irvine Since sportswriter Henry Chadwick popularized the box score in the 19th century, baseball fans have had a love affair with statistics. Many can recite records like Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak, Rickey Henderson’s 130...
Arunas L. Radzvilavicius, University of Pennsylvania Human societies are so prosperous mostly because of how altruistic we are. Unlike other animals, people cooperate even with complete strangers. We share knowledge on Wikipedia, we show up to vote, and we work...
Liberty Vittert, Washington University in St Louis The legalization of marijuana has been a topic of contention and confusion for both sides of the debate. The federal government still deems it illegal. But marijuana has been legalized for recreational use...
Ana Santos Rutschman, Saint Louis University When artificial intelligence systems start getting creative, they can create great things – and scary ones. Take, for instance, an AI program that let web users compose music along with a virtual Johann Sebastian...
Laura E. Alexander, University of Nebraska Omaha Recent news stories have highlighted unethical and even lawless actions taken by people and corporations that were motivated primarily by greed. Federal prosecutors, for example, charged 33 wealthy parents, some of whom were celebrities,...
Farida Jalalzai, Oklahoma State University and Meg Rincker, Purdue University Northwest Want to get into politics? It helps if you come from the right family. Our new study, published in the journal Historical Social Research in December 2018, shows that, on...
Christopher Bernhardt, Fairfield University Computers were once considered high-end technology, only accessible to scientists and trained professionals. But there was a seismic shift in the history of computing during the second half of the 1970s. It wasn’t just that...
Jason Alix Coupet, North Carolina State University and Jessica Haynie, North Carolina State University Americans are obsessed with doing more with less. So it may not surprise you to hear that when donors, foundations and watchdog organizations choose causes to...

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