In an effort to protect children in the midst of addiction epidemics, some states are jailing women for using drugs during pregnancy. But is incarceration the best approach?
An interactive look at which drugs people start using right after they first use marijuana—and what that really means
Why people in several countries believe that the spots happen when pregnant women ignore their food cravings
An anthropologist discusses some common misconceptions about female genital cutting, including the idea that men force women to undergo the procedure.
Can mental-health courts, in which people are sentenced to therapy, help?
A new study explores how 11-month-olds expand their knowledge by playing with unpredictable objects.
In some European countries, women get luxurious maternity leave, steeply discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.
Oh my God, Becky, look at this vigorous debate among scholars about the true origin of a preference among straight males for curvier backsides.
Disability Insurance is providing a much-needed safety net for 9 million Americans, but basic flaws in the program's structure mean that many never work again.
Arizona's legislature wants doctors to offer an unproven treatment to women who regret terminating their pregnancies.
After a deadly sexual assault on a minibus, a hidden-camera campaign gains new meaning.
A new study suggests that a consumer demand for chicken and pork in places like India, Russia, China, and Brazil will help drive a large increase in overuse of the drugs by 2030. Is there anything we can do about it?
Most of the time, we do better on tasks when we're most awake. But some problems require a mind that's just a bit tired—or otherwise impaired.
In a pair of editorials, Bill Gates lays out a plan to fight outbreaks on a global scale.
A new study looks at the peaks of different types of cognitive abilities over a lifespan.
A father hopes to create an app that will help parents find restaurants and parks that are suitable for autistic children.
Is the road to success more difficult for female entrepreneurs?
How settling can make people happier and more satisfied than gunning for "the best"
When it comes to statutes prohibiting minors from getting married, the U.S. is more like Latin America than Europe.
A look at which cosmetic procedures are sagging—and which are lifting
Despite the authentic use of Pink Floyd, the latest episode strained to draw parallels between Soviet recruitment and the civil-rights struggle.