Carl Corey’s series, “Americaville.”

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James Fallows Journeys Across America


Most Americans believe the country is going to hell. They’re wrong. What a three-year journey by single-engine plane reveals about reinvention and renewal—and how the Second Gilded Age might end.

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Primary push in New Hampshire – The Big Picture


All across New Hampshire, crowds are gathering to hear and see the Democratic and Republican candidates for president as they make their final stops before the first-in-the-nation primary on Tuesday.–By Leanne Burden Seidel

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Jerry Lewis has broken a 40-year silence about his “disaster” of a Holocaust movie—on German TV

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China Becomes the Leader in Nuclear Fusion


China has just become the world leader in nuclear fusion research. What are the implications for the future of nuclear fusion with this new breakthrough?

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New Ways Into the Brain’s ‘Music Room’


M.I.T. researchers have devised a radical approach to brain imaging that reveals what past studies missed about neural responses to music.

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Borneo’s Bajau Laut and the disappearing sea gypsies in fascinating images


Traditionally, these boat dwelling nomads are from the many islands of the Sulu Archipelago in the Philippines but many have migrated to the neighbouring area of Sabah, Borneo.

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The Windmills of Lasithi Plateau

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Yale study examines evolution of cancer

New Haven, Conn.– A novel Yale study answers age-old questions about how cancers spread by applying tools from evolutionary biology. The new insights will help scientists better understand the genetic origins of tumor metastases, and lead to more effective targets for treatment, said the researchers.The study, led by associate professor of public health (biostatistics) Jeffrey Townsend, was published on Feb. 8 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Scientists have long thought that cancer is an evolutionary process that involves cells acquiring mutations that replicate and persist over time, gaining an advantage over normal cells. But questions remained about the timing and course of tumor progression.

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Negative humanity: the birth of the digital death mask


The same facial recognition technology that monitors unsuspecting Russian citizens was used to produce this eerie portrait of a Pussy Riot member

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Could You Stomach the Horrors of ‘Halftime’ in Ancient Rome?


Sure, complain about the music, but modern halftime shows are nothing compared to the horrors witnessed in ancient Rome.

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White Wolf : 10 Fascinating Facts About Ravens


Indigenous, nature, wildlife and companion animal news. Pass it on!

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Song of Joy: Xiao-Peng Jiang & The Chinese Orchestra of Shanghai Conservatory

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That time Harvard and Yale took Naked Photos of all their Freshmen Students


Somewhere out there is a naked photograph of Hillary Clinton… Between the 1940s and the 1970s, several ivy league colleges had a very strange requirement for all their incoming freshmen […]

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Longform: The Longform Guide to Loners by Elizabeth Gilbert, Karen Abbott, David Kushner, Alan Shipnuck, Jon Krakauer, David Kamp, Jan Reid, Alan King, Margalit Fox, Michael Finkel


Chris McCandless, Sly Stone, and Ida Wood — a collection of stories going inside the lives of outsiders.

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8 Awesome Husband and Wife Notes


To celebrate Valentine’s Day, here we share some of the funniest, sweetest and tear-inducing love letters from married people.

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Chinese tourists flock to visit the world’s largest stone Buddha to seek fortune 

Pictures taken yesterday show large queues in Sichuan, south-west ChinaFamilies swarm to the statue to pray for a great start to the Lunar New YearThe 230-feet-tall Buddha was built about 1,300 years ago in Tang Dynasty

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This Is Why You Can’t Afford a House


The rising cost of housing is one of the greatest burdens on the American middle class. So why hasn’t it become a key issue in the presidential primaries?

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The End of U.S. Space Supremacy


Space may be infinite, but it’s starting to get crowded around Earth. As more nations have gained the ability to send assets into orbit, a new space race has started to emerge.

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The Brooklyn Visitation Monastery


A working monastery hidden away in Brooklyn once abutted the location of a former inebriate’s home

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Not Just a Death, a System Failure


My mother’s death was so wrenching that I applied to medical school to help change the way people die in America.

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Why attitude is more important than intelligence


When it comes to success, it’s easy to think that people blessed with brains are inevitably going to leave the rest of us in the dust. But new research from Stanford University will change your mind (and your attitude).

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How the Rise of the Post Office Explains American Innovation


A new paper examines the importance of government in economic growth.

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Awakenings: How Oliver Sacks put a human face on the science of the mind


The world’s most famous neurologist believed that every patient had a story worth hearing. Norman Doidge explores the legacy of Oliver Sacks, whose work and life remind us that humanity belongs at the heart of medicine

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US wants to send South Korea THAAD weapon


North Korea’s rocket launch got several countries to start playing defense.

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What Is the I Ching? by Eliot Weinberger


The I Ching has served for thousands of years as a philosophical taxonomy of the universe, a guide to an ethical life, a manual for rulers, and an oracle of one’s personal future and the future of the state. It was an organizing principle or authoritative proof for literary and arts criticism, cartography, medicine, and […]

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Anti-aging drug rapamycin looks safe in tests


Since 2009 researchers have been trying to figure out if the drug rapamycin is safe as an anti-aging treatment. Studies showed that it extended the lives of mice, suggesting it could do the same for humans,. But whether rapamycin would be safe to consume over extended periods of time has been a tricky question.

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Have You Heard the One About the Jewish Comedian in China?

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For the past 28 years I’ve built a stand-up routine based largely on my New York neuroses, and scheduled around my personal phobia of leaving the five boroughs. When I booked a weeklong gig on the other side of the planet I had no idea what to expect—and neither did China.

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Americans are ten times more likely to die from firearms than citizens of other developed countries


Americans are Ten Times More Likely to Die from Firearms Than Citizens of Other Developed Countries, According to New Report Published in The American Journal of Medicine

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London’s Big Dig Reveals Amazing Layers of History


Spurred by a building boom, archaeologists are plumbing the deep past of one of Europe’s oldest capitals.

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Gregory Crewdson’s photos “Cathedral of the Pines.”

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The Whimsical Legend of How the Chinese Zodiac Animals were Chosen


According to Chinese culture, each year is related to an animal or 生肖 (‘Sheng Xiao’, which literally means ‘birth likeness’).

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Why Your Muscles Get Less Sore As You Stick With Your Gym Routine

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The Best Ways to Break the Ice and Get to Know Someone on the First Date


Most first dates are less about trying to make sparks fly and more about getting a feel for who someone is. Whether it’s your first date or you feel stuck in the early phases of a new relationship, here are the best tips and tricks for getting past the small talk so you both can come out of your shell.

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Archaeologists Unearth More—a Lot More—of a Massive Underground City | Mental Floss


We spoke to archaeologist Murat Gülyaz about the phenomenal dig.

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Stunning Photos of Families in Alabama in 1950s


This is a stunning set of photographs taken by famed African-American photographer Gordon Parks during segregation in the 1950s.

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Republic of Georgia: Hiking in Svaneti


Stunning mountain views in a land that feels like the 12th century

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“Bandits jump to escape capture” A Jewish man chooses to leap to his death rather than face capture by the Nazis as the Warsaw Ghetto falls, May, 1943

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