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Hurricane Maria Devastates Puerto Rico

The forecast predicted it would be “the most destructive hurricane in Puerto Rico history.” The experience seems to confirm that.

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Sept. 20 2017 5:55 AMWhat Sound Does an Iceberg Make When It Breaks Off the Ice Shelf?No audio was recorded when the Larsen C ice shelf broke. But this art exhibit simulates it using real data—and the effect is haunting.
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Sept. 19 2017 11:31 AMHunger and Obesity Can Be Two Sides of the Same CoinThe U.N.’s latest report on food security shows troubling trends for both problems.
Medical Examiner
Sept. 13 2017 5:10 PMThe Trump Administration Is Quietly Undermining the ACA’s Plan to Innovate Health CareLeft alone, the plan could help Americans pay less for better health outcomes. But Trump’s team is rolling back a bipartisan idea.
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Sept. 12 2017 5:08 PMOregonians Are Unreasonably Furious at the Teen Who Started a Forest FireThey have suggested he be sterilized, whipped, or even lynched. But if we’re looking to place blame, we all deserve some.
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Sept. 11 2017 8:15 PMIn Defense of the TV Reporter Standing Outside During a HurricaneIn the age of fake news, there is some value in being pummeled by the rain.
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Sept. 11 2017 11:44 AMThe Judicial Branch Is Our Best Hope for Climate Action Under TrumpIs it up to the task?
Climate Desk
Sept. 8 2017 3:24 PMYes, There’s Another Hurricane Coming After IrmaJose isn’t as big, and Irma’s tail winds might calm it further. 
Climate Desk
Sept. 6 2017 6:46 PMMeteorologists Have Never Seen a Storm Like IrmaIt’s moving toward Florida with unprecedented strength.
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Sept. 6 2017 12:37 PMWhy Are FEMA’s Flood Maps So Horribly Flawed?They fail to take climate change into account, and they’re hard and expensive to maintain. Plus, they can be manipulated by local governments.
Medical Examiner
Sept. 4 2017 5:57 AMWhy Does High School Still Start So Early?Research shows that unreasonable start times lead to chronic sleep deprivation in teens. Why are schools so slow to make changes?
Medical Examiner
Aug. 28 2017 5:50 AMCould Your Next Doctor Be Your Dentist?A two-step plan could help address the physician shortage and lack of access to dental care.
Medical Examiner
Aug. 25 2017 7:33 AMTrump Is Making Truckers’ Regulation Problems Much WorseRather than siding with the workers, his unique fixation on ending regulation will harm his base.
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Aug. 21 2017 8:08 PMMore—and Less—Than a Raisin in the SunA review of the solar eclipse of 2017.
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Aug. 21 2017 6:00 AMIs Science Broken?Or is it self-correcting?
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Aug. 18 2017 3:02 PMThe Monuments Trump Doesn’t SupportWhile the president defends racist bronze relics, he’s stripping protections from the nation’s public lands.
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Sept. 19 2017 5:14 PMThere Was Another Earthquake in Mexico. Is the World Ending?Humans often seek meaning where there is none. Sometimes random events occur in patterns.
Climate Desk
Sept. 14 2017 1:22 PMThe Poop Problem Hurricane Irma Left BehindFlorida is still dealing with the sewage overflows.
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Sept. 13 2017 1:12 PMIrma May Have Been the Bigger Storm, but the Damage From Harvey’s Storm Surge Will Last for YearsReporters who covered both storms explain what it was like to be in the eye of two hurricanes, and what it will be like to rebuild.
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Sept. 12 2017 12:01 PMMeasuring the Mizzou EffectDoes a school’s enrollment really go down when students protest en masse?
Medical Examiner
Sept. 11 2017 4:34 PMBig Pharma’s Attempt to Ghostwrite for Stat Ended Badly—but Not Badly EnoughStat retracted the story, but for the wrong reasons and without addressing the real problem.
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Sept. 8 2017 4:04 PMIt Doesn’t Matter if Climate Change Caused Irma and HarveyThe stories we tell ourselves are more influential than science. And the back-to-back storms are quite a story.
Medical Examiner
Sept. 7 2017 12:14 PMA New Strategy to Undermine Big Pharma’s Price Gouging Actually WorkedA little-known disease called Chagas is much more prevalent than Zika. Here’s how advocates fought an uphill battle, and won.
Medical Examiner
Sept. 6 2017 4:19 PMYou Don’t Need to Do a Prolonged Fast Before SurgeryThe recommendation is outdated, but many hospitals still mistakenly encourage it. Why?
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Sept. 5 2017 5:55 AMThe Bush Torture Scandal Isn’t OverThe American Psychological Association grapples with who should take the blame for greenlighting enhanced interrogations.
Climate Desk
Sept. 1 2017 1:41 PMCould Houston Have Engineered Its Way Around a Harvey-Size Storm?A close analysis of what the dams were supposed to do. 
Climate Desk
Aug. 25 2017 6:05 PMTrump Isn’t Ready for HarveyThe hurricane could bring unprecedented flooding to Texas. The president’s administration may not be prepared to handle it.
Medical Examiner
Aug. 22 2017 10:53 AMAre You at Risk of Alzheimer’s?An online quiz, promoted by a legitimate neurological institute, purports to tell you. But if the answer is almost invariably “yes,” is it a service or a scam?
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Aug. 21 2017 6:46 PMGrandma Shivered, Dogs Barked, Totality ArrivedWhat it was like witnessing the eclipse with my family in a faraway desert.
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Aug. 18 2017 5:50 PMA Brief History of Eclipse Glasses and the People Who Forgot to Wear ThemIf you haven’t gotten yours yet, start building a pinhole camera.
Medical Examiner
Aug. 17 2017 3:53 PMSome People Still Need OpioidsThe crackdown on pain medication prescribing is intended to help the addiction crisis—but it’s leaving chronic pain patients in untenable situations.

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