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Supreme Court decision could be a game changer for countries considering tax reforms

A tax charged to certain U.S. companies doing business in the United Kingdom now qualifies for the U.S. foreign tax credit, according to a recent unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision could have far-reaching implications for the creditability of taxes not ordinarily considered income taxes and thus for countries considering replacing their traditional business income taxes with alternative “cash flow” or “consumption-based” business taxes, according to new research from economist George Zodrow.

Poll STAR: Rice team sets sights on better voting machine

Experts work with Travis County to design secure, easy-to-use, e-voting system. At the urging of county election officials in Austin, Texas, a group of Rice University engineers and social scientists has pulled together a team of U.S. experts to head off a little-known yet looming crisis facing elections officials nationwide.

Tamper-resistant voting methods yield 58 percent success rate

A Rice University study of tamper-resistant voting methods revealed that only 58 percent of ballots were successfully cast across three voting systems. The researchers concluded additional work is needed to make voting both secure and user-friendly.

Rice University to be part of NIH-funded Center for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge

Rice University’s Department of Psychology will use mobile sensing technologies to help people who are trying to stop smoking from having a relapse as a member of the National Institutes of Health’s new Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data to Knowledge (MD2K).

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Students majoring in the social sciences at Rice University have a way to answer the frequent question, “What am I going to do with my degree?”  Check out the new GATEWAY website. »

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