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Charlottesville and the Effort to Downplay Racism in America

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Charlottesville, Virginia, feels enough like Eden that it’s always been easy to hide a certain amount of blood. The town is small—fifty thousand residents, without the college population factored in—and ...

"I'm a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you."

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I’m a lecturer in computer science at Stanford. I’ve taught at least four different programming languages, including assembly. I’ve had a single-digit employee number in a startup. Yes, I’m a ...

In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On

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By Alan Zimmerman , 8/14/2017 At Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA, we are deeply grateful for the support and prayers of the broader Reform Jewish community. Our thoughts and ...

China’s embrace of embryo selection raises thorny questions

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4 mentions4 days ago
Getting time with Qiao Jie is not easy. At 7:30 a.m., the line coming out of the fertility centre that she runs blocks the doorway and extends some 80 metres ...

Why Trump Is So Wholly Unsuited to the North Korea Crisis

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
For months, worried observers of the Trump administration have wondered what would happen when the president first faced a bona fide, urgent international crisis out of his own control. This ...

Is Charlottesville a Turning Point?

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4 mentions1 week ago
Suddenly, the “far right” doesn’t seem so far. On Friday night, hundreds of protesters descended on a statue of Confederate hero Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Is It Unhealthy to Be Overweight?

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Is being a little bit overweight bad for you? Could it lead to an untimely death? It’s a question with real consequences. Many overweight people feel locked in a fruitless ...

‘A Treacherous President Stood in the Way’

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2 mentions7 days ago
By December of 1866, the Civil War was over, but the conflict that would define the nature of the United States of America was not close to finished. Encouraged by ...

Take the Statues Down

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2 mentions1 week ago
On Saturday in Charlottesville, a rally in defense of a statue of Robert E. Lee turned into a reenactment of the cause he led—white supremacists marching behind the Confederate battle ...

3 Corpse Flowers Are About to Bloom in Washington, D.C.

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2 mentions1 week ago
Washington, D.C., won’t see a total solar eclipse on August 21 (residents will get upwards of 80 percent coverage), but there’s another incredible natural phenomenon that could help make up ...

Sampling DNA From a 1,000-Year-Old Illuminated Manuscript

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
The York Gospels were assembled more than a thousand years ago. Bound in leather, illustrated, and illuminated, the book contains the four gospels of the Bible as well as land ...

White nationalists flock to genetic ancestry tests. Some don't like the result

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I t was a strange moment of triumph against racism: The gun-slinging white supremacist Craig Cobb, dressed up for daytime TV in a dark suit and red tie, hearing that ...

Suzanne Sadedin's answer to What do scientists think about the biological claims made in the anti-diversity document written by a Google employee in August 2017?

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For many system shoppers it's a good-for-nothing system that classifies as opposites stupidity and wisdom. because by logic-choppers it's accepted with avidity: stupidity's true opposite's the opposite stupidity. — Piet ...

A Googler's Anti-Diversity Screed Reveals Tech's Rotten Core

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An anonymous Google software engineer’s 10-page fulmination against workplace diversity was leaked from internal company communications systems, including an internal version of Google+, the company’s social network, and another service ...