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Why Business Leaders Are Bullish on the Economy

Charles Gasparino, New York Post

Trump's Fire Alarm Presidency

Julian Zelizer, CNN

'Roseanne' Reboot Becomes the Media's Crisis

Eddie Scarry, Washington Examiner

The 'Roseanne' Reboot Is Funny. I Won't Keep Watching.

Roxane Gay, New York Times

The Politics of 'Roseanne' Are Recognition and Empathy

Virginia Postrel, Bloomberg

First Investigate, Then Rebuild FBI From the Ground Up

Roger Simon, PJ Media

Trump's Land of Make-Believe

Allen & Swan, Axios

Why Trump and Republicans Are Gaining

Scott Jennings, CNN

What Dems Can Learn From RFK's Presidential Campaign

Eric Alterman, The Nation

From Athens to U.S.: Thank Right to 'Bear Arms' for Freedom

David Raney, The Hill

China's Era of Intellectual Property Theft Is Over

Wessel & Talent, USA Today

Tariffs on Lumber Hurt U.S. Home Buyers

Randy Noel, RealClearPolitics

Trump Vindicated on Paris Climate Accord Pull-Out

Monica Showalter, Am. Thinker

Making Climate Denial Great Again

Sophia Tesfaye, Salon

John Kasich: Party of One

John McCormack, Weekly Standard

Revenge of NeverTrump: Get the War Room Ready

Julie Kelly, American Greatness

Jews Are Being Murdered in Paris. Again.

Bari Weiss, New York Times

North Korea Summit and Trump's Art of the Deal

Orange County Register

The EPA's Scott Pruitt Has to Go

Los Angeles Times

Stunning Statistical Fraud Behind Global Warming Scare

Investor's Business Daily

AI-Spy: Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace

The Economist

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Minnesota's $10 Billion Experimental City

Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian

The future had arrived, and it looked nothing like what city planners expected. It was the early 1960s, and despite economic prosperity, American urban centers were plagued by pollution, poverty, the violence of segregation and crumbling infrastructure. As the federal highway system expanded, young professionals fled for the suburbs, exacerbating the decay.

The Sad Story of America's Only Native Parrot

Kevin Burgio, Conversation

It was winter in upstate New York in 1780 in a rural town called Schoharie, home to the deeply religious Palatine Germans. Suddenly, a flock of gregarious red and green birds flew into town, seemingly upon a whirlwind.The townspeople thought the end of the world was upon them. Though the robin-sized birds left quickly, their appearance was forever imprinted on local lore.

The First Test of Space Debris Cleanup

Tony Reichhardt, Air & Space Magazine

Finally, somebody's doing something about Earth's orbital trash problem.A European satellite designed to test different methods of active debris removal is scheduled to launch to the space station on a SpaceX Dragon cargo ship on April 2. It will be the first in-space test of technologies to collect and remove large pieces of orbital junk, a growing threat that has long concerned the world's space agencies.

What Happens When a Blind Person Takes LSD?

Neuroskeptic, Discover

How do blind people experience psychedelic drugs? This is the topic of an interesting, but unusual, paper just out in Consciousness and Cognition.The paper's authors are University of Bath researchers Sara Dell'Erba, David J.Brown, and Michael J.Proulx. However, the real star contributor is a man referred to only as Mr Blue Pentagon.

USDA Gives Green Light to CRISPR Food

Kristen V. Brown, Gizmodo

For nearly two years now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been quietly giving the go-ahead to a handful of crops that have been genetically engineered using CRISPR. Editing the DNA of people and animals may be controversial, but when it comes to plants, the agency has taken the stance that as long as the gene-edited plants don't include any foreign genetic material, CRISPR'd crops aren't subject to special regulation.

Chinese Space Station Will Fall to Earth This Weekend

Allison Eck, PBS NOVA

An abandoned, 20,000-pound Chinese space station is about to take a nosedive through the Earth's atmosphere, pulverize into a thousand little pieces, and strike the planet somewhere between the latitudes of 43 North and 43 Souththe horizontal swath of land between, say, Syracuse, New York and Trelew, Argentina.While the space station, called Tiangong-1, won't remain intact upon re-entry, its parts could scatter within about 400 miles of its ground trackthe path that the spacecraft takes as it projectiles through the sky at (currently) a speed of 15,000 miles per hour.

California Judge Rules That Coffee Requires Cancer Warning


Coffee sellers will have to post ominous warnings in California because each cup contains a chemical linked to cancer, a judge ruled.The culprit is a byproduct of the bean roasting process that is a known carcinogen and has been at the heart of an eight-year legal struggle between a tiny nonprofit group and Big Coffee.

When Russia Won the Space Race

Mark Wolverton, Undark

In a 1961 documentary film showing Yuri Gagarin's arrival in Moscow at Vnukovo airport following his heroic mission as the first man in space, everything is carefully arranged and staged: the red carpet on the tarmac, the crowd of spectators, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev waiting to welcome him home. All is perfect save for one detail. As Gagarin walks along the red carpet, all eyes on him, his shoelaces become untied.

Drug Makes Blood Deadly to Mosquitoes

Nadia Whitehead, NPR

Imagine this: A pesky mosquito sips some of your blood. Hours later, the blood-sucker drops dead, poisoned by the very blood it just slurped down.That may sound too good to be true, but it's a tantalizing possibility, according to research published this week in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The study points to a potential new tool to fight malaria: the medication ivermectin.

Should Physics Build a Factory for Higgs Bosons?

Paul Rincon, BBC News

A top physicist says the construction of a "factory" to produce Higgs boson particles is a priority for the science community.In an exclusive interview, Nigel Lockyer, head of America's premier particle physics lab, said studying the Higgs could hasten major discoveries.He said momentum in the physics community was gathering for a machine to be built either in Europe or Asia.

A Mysterious Skin Disease Is Threatening Giraffes

Kelsey Lindsey, Nat Geo

When Arthur Muneza was about to start his master's at Michigan State University in 2014, he faced a pivotal question: What did he want to study?He considered many rock stars of the African animal kingdom: elephants, lions, even hyenas.But then the biologist heard that few were studying the little-understood giraffe skin disease, and he knew he was onto something.

Eggs Are Designed to Break from the Inside

Nicola Davis, The Guardian

It's been a tough one to crack, but scientists say they have zoomed in, to an unprecedented degree, on the structure of shells surrounding chicken embryos, revealing how they change to allow young birds to hatch.Before being laid, bird eggs form a hard calcium-rich shell with three main layers. While it was already known that these thin from the innermost out as a chick grows in preparation for hatching with calcium from the shell being incorporated into its skeleton in the process quite what happens at the molecular scale has been something of a mystery.

A Few Men Left a Genetic Mark on Humanity

David Reich, Nautilus

In humans, the profound biological differences that exist between the sexes mean that a single male is physically capable of having far more children than is a single female. Women carry unborn children for nine months and often nurse them for several years prior to having additional children.

Mini Stomachs Found Growing in Tumor

Meghana Keshavan, Stat

Embedded in a lung cancer tumor, scientists have found a gastrointestinal tract in miniature.Duke University researchers have observed rudimentary, but functional, stomachs, small intestines, and duodenums growing inside cancerous lungs illustrating how varied and plastic these metastatic cells can be.

Crack in East Africa Shows Continent Is Splitting

Lucia Perez Diaz, Conv

A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya. The tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and was accompanied by seismic activity in the area.The Earth is an ever-changing planet, even though in some respects change might be almost unnoticeable to us. Plate tectonics is a good example of this.

Humanity: 'Out of Africa' and 'Out of Asia'?

Christopher Bae, Aeon Magazine

Modern humans arose only once, in Africa, about 200,000 years ago. They then spread across Eurasia some time after 60,000 years ago, replacing whatever indigenous populations they met with no interbreeding. This is the Out of Africa' model, as it's commonly known.

What Causes Knuckles to Crack?

Nicola Davis, The Guardian

The sound of popping knuckles has long been a source of bafflement for scientists. Now researchers say they might have cracked its origins.While previous research has shown that not all joints can make the sound, and that those that do can only be cracked once every 20 minutes or so, quite what is behind the auditory pop has been a topic of hot debate.
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