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Nov. 17 2017 5:10 PMA Guide to Understanding a Million vs. a Billion vs. a TrillionIt’s really easy to read past these words, and extremely difficult to internalize how dramatically different these amounts are. These thought experiments can help.
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Nov. 16 2017 5:02 PMAn Allegation, Then a Prestigious ProfessorshipIn 2002, Dartmouth was told that psychology professor Todd Heatherton had allegedly groped his graduate student. Afterward, Heatherton’s career ascended.
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Nov. 16 2017 7:30 AMThe First “Space Nation” Just Launched Its First SatelliteIn doing so, it proved how lawless space still is.
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Nov. 15 2017 1:47 PMThe Power of the PlaceboA recent study revealed that stents are likely ineffective at relieving chest pain. Why didn’t we know that?
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Nov. 15 2017 7:30 AMClimate Litigation Needs to Become a Mass MovementEurope is leading by example.
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Nov. 13 2017 6:45 PMShark With Head of a Snake and 300 Teeth Found Swimming Off Coast of PortugalThe ocean is belching up prehistoric sea creatures left and right.
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Nov. 13 2017 6:27 PMThree Dartmouth Psychology Professors Are Under Investigation for “Sexual Misconduct”Simine Vazire says one of those men, Todd Heatherton, groped her at a conference in 2002.
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Nov. 9 2017 3:46 PMIs a Cat a Liquid?A liquid is traditionally defined as a material that adapts its shape to fit a container. Cats do that. Sort of.
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Nov. 7 2017 5:13 PMHere’s What the Sun Will Look Like When It Consumes the Earth in 5 Billion YearsThere’s an end in sight. Eventually.
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Nov. 6 2017 6:04 PMTrump Blames Shooting on “Mental Health,” a Policy Area He Is Also Actively UnderminingEven if mental illness was the problem, the president’s record on helping Americans access care is embarrassing.
Climate Desk
Nov. 6 2017 9:00 AMEnding the “War on Coal” Could Cause a Public Health CrisisThe Trump administration doesn’t seem to care.
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Nov. 3 2017 11:02 AMWhy Did 20 Octopuses Recently Wash Up on a Wales Beach?Five theories for the many-armed invasion.
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Nov. 2 2017 9:00 AMWhat Actually Is “Clean” or “Renewable” Energy?We don’t really have common, useful definitions for these things.
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Oct. 30 2017 2:21 PMThe Wait Can Kill YouYes, Jane Doe got her abortion. But the wait put her at greater risk.
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Oct. 29 2017 8:00 PMWhere Are the Opioid Recovery Activists?Just as with the AIDS crisis, the government won’t do what’s necessary unless we make it.
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Nov. 16 2017 6:03 PMLifting the Ban on Elephant Trophies Will Probably Help Save ElephantsOur knee-jerk reaction to hunting (and to Trump) ignores good data that suggest hunting works as a means of conservation.
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Nov. 16 2017 3:07 PMIt’s Not Just OpioidsOverdoses are happening at an increasingly fast rate. Mixing opioids with alcohol and sleeping pills is probably making it worse.
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Nov. 15 2017 4:34 PMWe Just Discovered Another New Planet That Could Host LifeWill this be “the one”? It’s too soon to tell, of course.
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Nov. 15 2017 12:54 PMIn 1770, the Sky Over East Asia Turned Crimson Red for Nine DaysNew documents reveal what caused the event.
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Nov. 14 2017 10:30 AMHow to Listen to and Support Victims of Sexual TraumaBearing witness to trauma is so hard that it has historically impeded our ability to help. We must change that.
Climate Desk
Nov. 13 2017 6:28 PMAt the Bonn Climate Talks, Many Americans Are Desperately Separating Themselves From TrumpWithout federal support, climate action is on cities and states. They’re trying.
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Nov. 10 2017 5:04 PMHow to Watch November’s Weekend Meteor ShowersIt’s a double-header.
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Nov. 9 2017 9:00 AMWhy Are Conservatives More Susceptible to Believing Lies?An interplay between how all humans think and how conservatives tend to act might actually explain a lot about our current moment.
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Nov. 7 2017 1:11 PMWith Syria Signing the Paris Agreement, U.S. Will Be Only Nation Opposed to Climate ActionWe have even been surpassed by a country embattled by civil war.
Medical Examiner
Nov. 6 2017 11:01 AMStock Photos Are Terrible at Depicting Illness, Mental or PhysicalBut stock photographers are working hard to make them better.
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Nov. 3 2017 1:25 PMTrump’s New NASA Chief Controls One of the Most Important Parts of Climate ScienceWe assess many parts of our changing planet from the sky.
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Nov. 2 2017 3:58 PMHere’s the Expertise Scott Pruitt Is Removing From the EPA’s Advisory BoardsThese academic scientists will no longer be able to serve because of “conflict of interest.” Pruitt will likely replace them with industry scientists.
Medical Examiner
Nov. 1 2017 11:37 AMTherapy Is Great, but I Still Need MedicationPlease don’t tell me I just need to try cognitive behavioral therapy.
Climate Desk
Oct. 30 2017 11:42 AMWhen a Hurricane Takes Your HomeIn one community in Staten Island, rather than rebuild, residents have ceded their former neighborhood to nature.
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Oct. 28 2017 9:51 AMWhy Isn’t the Bond Market More Worried About Climate Change?Coastal towns destroyed by Sandy still have perfect credit scores. Why?

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