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Did Ryan Zinke Give Florida an Offshore Drilling Exemption Because of Mar-a-Lago?

Everything Zinke says to justify Florida’s exemption applies to every other coastal state. Except one thing.

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Jan. 12 2018 4:35 PMFacebook’s Revamp Includes an Effort to Fight Fake NewsWill it work?
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Jan. 11 2018 5:45 PMIs Watching the News Actually Bad for Your Health?A gym chain has banned cable news from its TVs because they interfere with its “healthy way of life philosophy.”
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Jan. 9 2018 9:30 AMWhat to Do if You Have the FluAnd if you don’t—it’s not too late to get your flu shot!
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Jan. 5 2018 6:03 PMWhy Is It So Cold Outside?And is it ever going to end?
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Jan. 4 2018 9:46 PMActually, Snow in Florida Is Probably Caused by Climate ChangeIt messes with the jet stream, and that’s what’s causing this snow.
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Jan. 4 2018 5:07 PMHow Interesting Does Science Have to Be for the Public to Fund It?Crowdfunded research into what makes Tabby’s Star blink turned up disappointing results. Will the lack of aliens chill funding?
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Jan. 4 2018 1:46 PMDr. Banting’s Miracle DrugA hundred years ago, a diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes meant certain death for children. Insulin changed that—and spurred a powerful myth.
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Jan. 3 2018 5:45 AMLOL Something MattersWe’ve been told that facts have lost their power, that debunking lies only makes them stronger, and that the internet divides us. Don’t believe any of it.
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Dec. 29 2017 4:54 PMWe Wanted to BelieveWhy 2017 was a banner year for discussing, searching for, and panicking over aliens.
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Dec. 29 2017 2:37 PMAstrophysical DelightThe year’s most stunning images of space.
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Dec. 28 2017 1:25 PM2017 Is the Year We Should Have Realized That Climate Change Is Already HereIt’s not far off anymore. It’s here. And we need to start doing more about it.
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Dec. 28 2017 10:36 AMHunting Coyotes in Cities Only Makes Coyote Populations GrowThis time, conservation management isn’t a good reason to go hunting.
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Dec. 27 2017 10:00 AMIt’s Illegal for Hospitals to Not Provide Translation Services. So Why Is Proper Translation Still Scarce?It’s actually much more expensive to not provide translation.
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Dec. 22 2017 12:48 PMIt’s Not the Heat. It’s the Humidity.As climate change progresses, it’s not just warmth that will hurt us. It's the humid heat.
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Dec. 21 2017 5:59 PMLife Expectancy Is Down, Again, Thanks to OpioidsWe’re not really doing much of anything to solve this problem.
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Jan. 12 2018 2:55 PMIt’s Surprisingly Easy to Lose a Satellite, Even One Worth MillionsSpaceX and Northrop Grumman are hardly the first to lose track of an expensive space instrument.
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Jan. 10 2018 5:04 PMOprah Winfrey Helped Create Our American FantasylandAny assessment of her possible presidential bid should consider the irrational, pseudoscientific free for all she helped create.
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Jan. 8 2018 7:30 AMWill Puerto Rico’s Official Death Count From Maria Ever Be Accurate?An accurate count helps us better direct aid.
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Jan. 5 2018 5:41 PMWhy the Raw Water Movement Is So ObnoxiousIt doesn’t just reveal Silicon Valley’s idiocy and love of capitalism. It exposes their disinterest in everyone else.
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Jan. 4 2018 6:23 PMWhy Is Monsanto Inviting This Alt-Right Hero to a Fireside Chat on Farming?Jordan Peterson rose to prominence by refusing to call transgender people by their preferred pronouns. What does he know about GMOs?
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Jan. 4 2018 3:54 PMThe Largest Known Prime NumberIt’s 23,249,425 digits long. That’s incredibly exciting.
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Jan. 3 2018 9:00 PMWhy Are We So Bad at Predicting How Much Snow We’ll Get?We’ve gotten better, but there are still a lot of calculations at play.
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Jan. 2 2018 5:52 AMThe New Documentary Heal Makes Important Points About Staying PositiveBut in its effort to inspire, it misses some key points about medicine and health.
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Dec. 29 2017 3:43 PMThis Land Was Your LandSixteen environmental protections that the Trump administration dismantled in 2017.
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Dec. 28 2017 4:41 PMWhat Is the Point of a Solar Road?You’re meant to drive over it, after all. Could it possibly collect enough energy to be worthwhile?
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Dec. 28 2017 12:04 PMWe’re Letting Meals on Wheels, One of Our Best Senior Programs, Slowly Wither and DieOur population is aging rapidly, and one of the best sources of support remains chronically underfunded.
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Dec. 27 2017 11:30 AMIt’s Time to Let Go of Our Dreams of Going to VenusYes, some people had these dreams! But the yellow planet should be left alone for at least a few million years.
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Dec. 26 2017 9:30 AMA Begrudging Defense of Dog ClothesFor some breeds, an extra layer or two really is good for their health.
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Dec. 21 2017 6:52 PMNASA Is Pivoting to AstrobiologyYes, that is the search for life in space, aka aliens.
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Dec. 21 2017 4:58 PMThere Is No Ban on Words at the CDCBut you don’t need to parse the language of the Trump administration to understand its goals.

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