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Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

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You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published. Books still in print you’d have to pay for, but everything ...

The Lesser Part of Valor

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You wouldn’t say that Preston Brooks sucker-punched Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber in 1856—but only because he used a cane. Brooks, a South Carolina congressman, began bludgeoning Sumner, the ...

A Creationist Sues the Grand Canyon for Religious Discrimination

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“How did the Grand Canyon form?” is a question so commonly pondered that YouTube is rife with explanations. Go down into the long tail of Grand Canyon videos, and you’ll ...

Meet Zuul, Destroyer of Shins—a Dinosaur Named After the Ghostbusters Monster

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In 2014, a commercial fossil company was digging for tyrannosaur skeletons in a giant Montana quarry when one of its pit-loaders accidentally bumped into the tail of a very different ...

Trump Wants to Give the EPA Its Smallest Budget in 40 Years

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Didn’t we just go through this? In early March, President Trump proposed a budget that would have scaled back the federal government’s stewardship of the environment beyond recognition. The budget ...

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

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It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Vault, buried ...

Five Reasons Why the Comey Affair Is Worse Than Watergate

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The tangled affair now known as Watergate began 45 years ago, before most of today’s U.S. population had even been born. (The median age of Americans is about 38, so ...

As White Supremacists Push Onto Campuses, Schools Wrestle With Response

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There's been an unprecedented spike in white supremacist activity on campuses across the U.S. since the election and college students and administrators are struggling to figure out how to respond.

Animals Like Beauty for Its Own Sake

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For ornithologist Richard Prum, manakins are among the most beautiful creatures in the world. He first started studying these small South American birds in 1982, and he’s been privy to ...

The Making of a Friendly Microbe

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One day in October 2010, a volunteer firefighter named Thomas Fritz cut down a crab apple tree outside his house, and impaled his hand on one of the branches. He ...

The Myth That Humans Have Poor Smell Is Nonscents

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For years, John McGann has been studying the science of smell by working with rats and mice at Rutgers University. But when he turned his attention to humans, he was ...

Donald Trump’s Base Is Shrinking

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A widely held tenet of the current conventional wisdom is that while President Trump might not be popular overall, he has a high floor on his support. Trump’s sizable and ...

Will the Law Answer to the President, or the President to the Law?

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Who can sincerely believe that President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey for any reason other than to thwart an investigation of serious crimes? Which crimes—and how serious—we can only ...

The Tangled Story Behind Trump’s False Claims Of Voter Fraud

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Three-thousand Wisconsinites were chanting Donald Trump’s name. It was Oct. 17, 2016, just after the candidate’s now-infamous “locker-room” chat with Billy Bush became public knowledge. But the crowd was unfazed.

Man appointed by Trump to investigate voter fraud has been sued four times for voter suppression

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The Vice Chair of Donald Trump’s new “election integrity” commission has been successfully sued four times for voter suppression, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).Kris Kobach led restrictive ...

Humans Accidentally Created a Protective Bubble Around Earth

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The next time someone says you’re living in a bubble, remind them that we all are. A pair of NASA space probes have detected an artificial bubble around Earth that ...

A New Addition to the Human Family Tree is Surprisingly Young

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The one thing everyone agrees is that the fossils themselves are spectacular. In 2015, researchers unveiled 1,500 hominin fossils found deep in a South African cave, excavated by six cavers ...

American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why

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As the consequences of climate change strike across the United States, ecologists have a guiding principle about how they think plants will respond. Cold-adapted plants will survive if they move ...

Journalists in the US are fighting the problem. In the UK they are the problem

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British journalism is failing democracy and our journalists don't seem to careMost people in this country view what's happening in the US with amazement and horror. A shallow, corrupt president,

Report: Jared Kushner Asked the Russians for Use of Their Facilities to Communicate With Moscow

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Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Trump and his son-in-law, suggested to Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak that he be allowed to use Russian diplomatic facilities to communicate securely with ...

Players and Listeners Both Prefer a New Violin to a Stradivarius

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In 2012, Claudia Fritz from Sorbonne University packed a small concert hall near Paris with 55 volunteers from the violin world, including musicians, violin makers, music critics, composers, and more.

Trump Wants ‘Goddamned Steam,’ Not Digital Catapults on Aircraft Carriers

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Navy officials were “blindsided” on Thursday, a spokesman told me, by President Donald Trump’s suggestion that he has convinced the Navy to abandon a long-planned digital launching system in favor ...

How Women Mentors Make a Difference in Engineering

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For some women, enrolling in an engineering course is like running a psychological gauntlet. If they dodge overt problems like sexual harassment, sexist jokes, or poor treatment from professors, they ...

That Time the TSA Found a Scientist’s 3-D-Printed Mouse Penis

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When Martin Cohn passed through airport security at Ronald Reagan Airport, he figured that he’d probably get some questions about the 3-D-printed model of a mouse penis in his bag.

Trump Reportedly Considering New Cuts to Biomedical Research

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Two months ago, the Trump administration unveiled its so-called “skinny budget,” which envisioned cutting funds for the National Institutes of Health by 18 percent, or $5.8 million. Scientists were appalled.

Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation

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“By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia,” Mr. Spicer said. “The investigation would have ...

"We Can't Walk Away From This Truth"

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Last week, the City of New Orleans finished removing four monuments—to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Generals P.G.T. Beauregard and Robert E. Lee, and the postwar battle of Liberty Place. The ...