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Math offers good evidence that humans can solve any problem — as long as there’s money in it.
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William Shatner is going to space because Jeff Bezos loves Star Trek.
Searching for happiness in the midst of personal or societal crises are nothing new.
The human brain makes a striking deviation from the normal building plan.
Our economy is dominated by middlemen, including huge companies such as Walmart and Amazon. There are many benefits to going direct instead.
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Washington believed that particular Thanksgiving in 1789 was a crucial occasion.
Popular diets view health as a calorie-crunching equation while excluding a critical variable: mental wellness.
What happens if we consider welfare programs as investments?
Birthrates are cyclical and have gone up and down throughout history.
Even with six months' notice, we can't stop an incoming asteroid.
Today, we could use Big Data to radically reform democracy. Tomorrow, we could build nanofabricators and usher in an era of abundance. Is society ready?
Most cities reeked of death, defecation, and industrial waste. Still, focusing only on stench means turning a blind eye (or nose) to the many other smells that helped shape human history.
The world is full of great mysteries. This is one of them.
For a long time, important events could only be visualized retroactively through paintings. Photography allowed us to capture history as — or sometimes even before — it happened.
Trump is #45 but Pence is #48 – and other strange consequences of the curious office of vice president.
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I’m not saying it’s not aliens, but it’s not aliens. When it comes to life in the Universe, we still have no definitive answer to the biggest question of all, “are […]
With the realization that overdue charges disproportionately affect access for low-income readers, libraries are reconsidering the value of fees.
For the Iroquois, it was a type of military training and a way to honor the gods.