Coal-dusted portraits of WWII women railroad workers


Gritty photos capture the women who stepped in to mobilize the American war effort.

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First Proof That Wild Animals Really Can Communicate With Us


A long-known relationship between African men who harvest honey and a bird called a honeyguide makes it easier for both species to eat the delectable treat.

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An Amazonian tribe is challenging scientific assumptions about our musical preferences


The Tsimane’ – a population of people in a rural village in Bolivia – are overturning scientists’ understanding of why humans prefer consonant sounds over dissonant ones.

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Pawel Bogumil’s “InHuman” is a look at the emotions primates express.

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Secret Service Sex Scandals Government Documents

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The Strangest Images of World War I


Some of the strangest images of WWI that we could find on the internet

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Cutting Sugar Rapidly Improves Heart Health Markers


Obese children who cut sugar from their diets saw improvements in markers of heart disease after just nine days.

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Svetlana Alexievich’s Voices


At a time when populism is in vogue, the Nobel Laureate has gone in the opposite direction. We need to read her and listen to the people she hears.

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13 Ways We Can Fix The “Free Market” So It Works For Regular People, Not Just The Rich

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Fascinating Vintage Photos Of Playboy Playmates Posing With Classic Cars

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Hidden Beliefs Covered by the Church? Resurrection and Reincarnation in Early Christianity


Is it possible that early Christians believed in reincarnation?

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What factors influence income inequality?

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See the latest on what science is saying about aging and what we can do about it — and go behind the scenes in interviews with our journalists.

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This machine could remove plaque from your arteries in minutes

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The Words That Killed Medieval Jews


History tells us that violent speech leads to violent acts.

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Ugliness, in the cry of the beholder


The ugly is a very intractable concept: as anomalous, messy, irregular, unsettling and ultimately unsurveyable as the phenomena it characterizes. The ugly sits squat and tumorous at some hidden place in our body conceptual, reaching out to unexpected points while conspicuously absent in more expected places. It touches sensitive places in our psyche and culture, for example in its connection with issues of deformity, otherness and gender. It is a concept horribly well connected, as Mojca Küplen points out, with ideas such as “alienation, estrangement, dehumanization, destruction, degeneration, disconcertion, absurdity, and with emotions evoking terror, horror, anxiety and fear”. The concept of ugliness, though, has sufficient shape and regularity to reward the philosophical attention which these three books supply, but, as we learn in different ways from all of them, it seems to wilfully frustrate the demand for a consistent and satisfying explanation. The concept’s misshapenness and eccentric…

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This North Korean Art Is More Than Propaganda


Socialist Realism isn’t just pictures of happy workers and brave soldiers.

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White Sox’ ‘Disco Demolition’ Promotion Still Echoes in Baseball Lore


The White Sox’ Disco Demolition Night seemed like a simple, fun way to drive up attendance, but things quickly went awry 30 years ago at Comiskey Park.

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Creating a Skeletal Symmetry from a 19th-Century Collection of Imperfect Skulls


Robbers, prostitutes, and fallen tightrope walkers: the craniums in the Hyrtl Skull Collection in the Mütter Museum at College of Physicians of Philadelphia are fractured remains of imperfect lives…

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Where the Statues of Paris were sent to Die


The stony gaze of the statue upon his executor says it all. Most of the bronze “men” that once watched over Parisian streets and public squares of the French Third Republic met a most undignified end many years ago, snatched from their pedestals and erased from the history books. During

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Flawed Study of Advanced Prostate Cancer Spreads False Alarm


Widespread reports of a big increase in advanced prostate cancer were based on a study whose methodology has been criticized.

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Scientists document wild birds ‘talking’ with humans for the first time

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You booze, you lose: Study confirms direct link between alcohol and cancer


Newly published research has found even moderate consumption of alcohol carries risk of seven types of cancer.

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‘Awakening’, by Marilynne Robinson

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Disintegration of Traditional College Lecture Negatively Affects Students


As schools incentivize innovative research, quality in-class experiences can fall by the wayside.

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Live Fast, Die Young


Research into aging requires patience, but a small cadre of scientists is angling to speed up answers by developing the flamboyant, short-lived turquoise killifish as a new mode

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The Drowned Church of Potosi – Uribante, Venezuela


A town church once nearly submerged by the damming of a river is now hauntingly visible as the water recedes.

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The critical difference between Republicans and Democrats that explains the presidential campaign


Why Trump easily won over Republicans while Clinton had to fight to win Democrats

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Treatment saved ~90% of terminal cancer patients, but it has scary side effects


Scientists cautiously optimistic about reprogramming immune cells to wipe out cancer.

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Why Digital Reading Is No Substitute for Print

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Susan Sontag on How Photography Mediates Our Relationship with Life and Death


“We no longer study the art of dying, a regular discipline and hygiene in older cultures; but all eyes, at rest, contain that knowledge. The body knows. And the camera shows, inexorably.̶…

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The fate of police officers who kill often rests in the hands of the prosecutors they typically work alongside. A Guardian analysis reveals district attorneys cleared colleagues in more than 200 cases this year

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Woman Gets Revenge On Office Thief Who Kept Stealing Her Cream From Fridge


Revenge is a dish best served cold. Or, in the case of one particular woman, it’s a drink best served from the bottle. Because when she realized that a colleague kept stealing her cream from the fridge at work, she decided to teach the thief a lesson by filling the bottle with breast milk instead.

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The Year in Hate and Extremism


The number of hate and antigovernment ‘Patriot’ groups grew last year, and terrorist attacks and radical plots proliferated.

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Mickey Mouse Lost His Virginity To Mr Freedom


Once upon a time Disney sold sex appeal

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The Perfect Crime May Be Possible in Yellowstone Park


The park’s “Zone of Death” could, in theory, allow a murderer to go free.

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Margay’s behavior displays psychological cunning that would make any bad guy proud.

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The art of concentration and the effortless effort of creative work, embracing contradiction and how our perception shapes our reality, and more.

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Seven Conversations About Preventing Gun Deaths

When editor Simone Landon first described FiveThirtyEight’s ambitious reporting project on gun deaths to me, she mentioned that there were seven main articles tackling seven types of gun deaths in America. As these things tend to go, that’s not exactly how the project ended up being structured, but we did have seven main writers who contributed. And over the past week on our podcast What’s The Point, I had seven mini-conversations with them in seven days.

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Why all civilised people should love wasps


All gardeners, and all readers, have reason to thank them

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How to Reduce Police Violence


Doubts cast on police implicit bias training

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