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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, the 2019 Ig Nobel award is displayed at the 29th annual Ig Nobel awards ceremony at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The spoof prizes for weird and sometimes head-scratching scientific achievement will be presented online in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Poop knives, arachnophobic entomologists win 2020 Ig Nobels

Sep. 17, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

Maybe this year's Ig Nobels, the spoof prizes for dubious but humorous scientific achievement, should have been renamed the Ick Nobels. An anthropologist who tested an urban legend by fashioning a knife out of frozen human feces, and a man who found that spiders oddly give scientists who study insects the...

FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo, people stop to record images of Widener Library on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. A federal appeals court will hear arguments Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in a lawsuit alleging that Harvard illegally discriminates against Asian Americans in its admissions process. The plaintiff appealed after a federal judge ruled in favor of Harvard in 2019. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Judges scrutinize suit's claims in Harvard racial bias case

Sep. 16, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A panel of appeals court judges on Wednesday repeatedly challenged the legal claims of a group that accuses Harvard University of intentional discrimination against Asian American students who apply to the Ivy League school. The three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

Researchers find racial disparities across court system

Sep. 9, 2020 11:21 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Black and Latino defendants in Massachusetts are more likely than white defendants to be locked up for drug and weapons offenses and get longer sentences than white people sent to prison for similar crimes, researchers at Harvard Law School said in a report released Wednesday. In a yearslong...

Boston's Museum of Science launches COVID-19 AI experience

Aug. 17, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts reported four new coronavirus deaths and more than 200 new cases on Monday, pushing the state's pandemic death toll over 8,600 and its confirmed caseload closer to 115,000. An uptick in cases prompted the state to hit pause last week on reopening the economy. State public health...

FILE - This Sept. 9, 2016 photo shows Harkness Tower on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University is illegally discriminating against Asian-American and white applications, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz, File)

Feds say Yale discriminates against Asian, white applicants

Aug. 13, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University is illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said Thursday. Yale denied the allegation, calling it “meritless” and...

Harvard professor faces tax charges tied to Chinese school

Jul. 29, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University professor already facing federal charges for allegedly lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program now faces additional charges of failing to report income from a Chinese university to the IRS, federal prosecutors said. Chemistry professor Charles Lieber,...