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Why social media has changed the world — and how to fix it

MIT Professor Sinan Aral's new book, "The Hype Machine," explores the perils and promise of social media in a time of discord.

How often do vaccine trials hit paydirt?

Vaccines find more success in development than any other kind of drug, but have been relatively neglected in recent decades.

Why are workers getting smaller pieces of the pie?

"Superstar" firms have been lowering labor's share of GDP in recent decades, a new study finds.

How to dismantle a nuclear bomb

MIT team successfully tests a new method for verification of weapons reduction.

Facebook is free, but should it count toward GDP anyway?

How much are free online goods worth to people, anyway? Researcher attempt to find an answer.

Public opinion study in Europe shows drop in anti-immigration sentiment, among other changes

Despite the negative rhetoric, Europeans are getting more liberal about immigration.

Want to squelch fake news? Let the readers take charge

Study finds that readers are still the best judge of fake news and misinformation.

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