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Why Trump's Foreign Policy Will Remain Dysfunctional

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There are two theories of the future of President Trump’s foreign policy and the National Security Council. In one, the good ship NSC, like a Nantucket whaler of old, has ...

Why Did the New York Times Fall for a Dubious Study on What Makes Women Great Dancers?

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The secret of good dancing has just been revealed—get this—by science! In a paper published last week in the journal Scientific Reports, a group of researchers in England has determined ...

How the New Climate Denial Is Like the Old Climate Denial

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There has been a subtle shift recently in the rhetoric of many conservative pundits and politicians around climate change. For decades, the common refrain has been flat-out denial—either that climate ...

Trump vexed by challenges, scale of government

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Being president is harder than Donald Trump thought, according to aides and allies who say that he’s growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges of running the massive federal bureaucracy. In ...

China’s Artificial-Intelligence Boom

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Each winter, hundreds of AI researchers from around the world convene at the annual meeting of the Association of the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. Last year, a minor crisis erupted ...

Trump delays listing bumblebee as an endangered species

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Federal protections for the first bee species to be listed as “endangered” in the continental US have been blocked, one day before they were due to go into effect. The ...

Immigrants Do Not Increase Crime, Research Shows

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The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Editor’s note: In his first week in office, President Donald Trump showed he ...

Federal agents conduct sweeping immigration enforcement raids in at least 6 states

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U.S. immigration authorities launched a series of raids, traffic stops and checkpoints in at least half a dozen states across the country on Thursday and Friday, sweeping up an unknown ...

Michael Flynn is gone and everything is fine, just fine, great

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To call this past weekend in the Trump administration a garbage fire would be a disservice to garbage fires, which at least shed light and get rid of garbage. The ...

Equality in science: A mission still not accomplished

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Before NASA had computers, they had people, generally women, who performed calculations by hand, or with the aid of slide rules and adding machines. During 1960s-era NASA, mathematical calculation was ...

Liberals, Lay Down Your Facts and Pick Up a More Useful Weapon: Emotions

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Several years ago, when my last name was different and my politics were less entrenched, I worked for a nonpartisan fact-checking site. We analyzed falsehoods in political speeches and ads ...

This Crab Clones Its Allies by Ripping Them in Half

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The American novelist S. E. Hinton once said, “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.” By that ...

Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump

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A week ago, men and women went to work at airports around the United States as they always do. They showered, got dressed, ate breakfast, perhaps dropped off their kids ...

What Mirrors Tell Us About Animal Minds

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A couple of weeks ago, an editor at The Guardian tweeted an image of a bald eagle staring at its reflection in a body of water. “This photo of an ...

The CRISPR patent decision: Your six takeaways

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W ith the Broad Institute’s big win on Wednesday in its battle over key patents on the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology, everything is now crystal clear. Kidding! The University of ...

In Bacteria, Persistence Leads to Resistance

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The threat of drug-resistant bacteria grows more pressing with every year. These microbes can shrug off the most potent antibiotics, including some drugs of last resort. Some bacteria have become ...

It’s Not Just Rhetoric Anymore. Government by White Nationalism Is Upon Us.

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Before the election, when Donald Trump was still just an unlikely presidential nominee, a conservative under the pseudonym “Publius Decius Mus,” wrote a remarkable essay in support of Trump. The ...

'Nevertheless, She Persisted' and the Age of the Weaponized Meme

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There are many ways that American culture tells women to be quiet—many ways they are reminded that they would really be so much more pleasing if they would just smile ...

One Harvard Lab, Six Iranian Scientists, And Some Tea

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Last September, on a warm Wednesday evening, I walked through Cambridge with an Iranian-born geneticist named Pardis Sabeti. A few days before, the UN had convened a large summit “to ...

A Math Lesson From Hitler's Germany

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In 1934, David Hilbert, by then a grand old man of German mathematics, was dining with Bernhard Rust, the Nazi minister of education. Rust asked, “How is mathematics at Göttingen,

National security adviser Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador, despite denials, officials say

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National security adviser Michael Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office, contrary to public ...

Top Democrat: It's 'Unlikely' That Flynn Acted as a Free Agent

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Amid the turmoil that followed the resignation of Michael Flynn, one of the members of the “Gang of Eight”—the top congressional leaders on intelligence matters—issued a sharp rebuttal to the ...

Sea Turtles Are In Much Worse Shape Than Previously Thought

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It’s night, on a tropical beach, and a 300-found green turtle is hauling herself up a beach. When she passes the high tide line, she starts scooping sand away with ...

Suspect in North Korea killing 'thought she was taking part in TV prank'

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An Indonesian woman arrested for suspected involvement in the killing of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un’s half-brother in Malaysia was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy ...

This Beetle Bites an Ant’s Waist and Pretends to Be Its Butt

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Army ants are so vast in their legions, and so destructive in their appetites, that they have been billed as “nature’s Mongol’s hordes” and “the Huns and Tartars of the ...