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A Court Term for the Ages Signals Start of a New Era

Ilya Shapiro, DC Examiner

Democrats Are About to Fight Like Crazy

Paul Begala, CNN

The Four Liberal Justices Don't Much Like the Law

Andrew Klavan, PJ Media

The Cosmic Joke of Donald Trump's Power

Frank Bruni, New York Times

Janus Ruling Could Change Everything for Schools, Kids

Bennett & Nussle, FOX News

Barack Obama Is Still Democrats' Best Messenger

Chris Cillizza, CNN

Why Did FBI, DOJ Ignore Lack of Evidence on Trump-Russia?

Jason Beale, Federalist

Brennan: A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows

Mattathias Schwartz, NYT Magazine

Trump Plots to Erase His Tax Cut

Karl Rove, Wall Street Journal

Harley-Davidson's Big Mistake

Spencer Morrison, American Greatness

No, Ocasio-Cortez Is Not Launching a Socialist Revolution

Bill Scher, Politico

How Larry Hogan Has Succeeded in Deep Blue Md.

Andrew Egger, Weekly Standard

The Tragedy of Angela Merkel

Wolf Biermann, New York Times

Turkish President Erdogan Is Not as All-Powerful as He Seems

Ian Bremmer, Time

Sorry Dems, You Can't Sue Your Way to Climate Policy

Tiger Joyce, DC Examiner

A Warming World Creates Desperate People

Lauren Markham, New York Times

The Great Facebook Crash

Will Oremus, Slate

Sotomayor's Version of 'Religious Liberty'

New York Sun

The Court Weakens Public Unions With a Bogus 'Free Speech' Ruling

LA Times

Bruce Rauner Has His Scott Walker Moment

Chicago Tribune

Netflix: The Tech Giant Everyone Is Watching

The Economist

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Is Free Will Linked to Morality?

Steven Novella, Neurologica

Do we have real free will, and perhaps more importantly, what are the moral implications of belief in free will? These are interesting questions that are sure to prompt vigorous debate when they come up.I have discussed the first question before, in which I take (shocker) a neuroscientific approach.

A Twist to the Story of the "Decapitated" Pompeii Man

Rafi Letzter, Live Science

Remember back in May when archaeologists unearthed the body of a man who appeared to have been decapitated by a huge falling stone during the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius that wiped out Pompeii? Well, now there's an update to the story: The same archaeologists found his skull intact and now believe he wasn't decapitated at all. [24 Amazing Archaeological Discoveries]

China Is Spearheading the Future of Agriculture

Craig Moran, RealClearScience

China is facing a number of growing pains, but one in particular has proved more taxing than most: How can China feed its rapidly growing population as the land suitable for cultivation disappears??The country's agriculture industry has long been rife with inefficiency, but now the government is doing something about it, ploughing billions into agricultural technology, or AgTech, as a means of maximising resources and a raft of private-sector companies are following this lead.

The Undisturbed Rainforest on Top of a Mountain

Platts & Willcock, Conversation

Atop Mount Lico in northern Mozambique is a site that few have had the pleasure of seeing a hidden rainforest, protected by a steep circle of rock. Though the mountain was known to locals, the forest itself remained a secret until six years ago, when Professor Julian Bayliss spotted it on satellite imagery. It wasn't until last year, however, that he revealed his discovery, at the Oxford Nature Festival.

Tilt Study Gives Boosts to Exoplanet's Habitability

Neel Patel, Popular Science

Why do we have seasons on Earth? The planet's axial tilt, of course. But the tilt does more than just push us from spring, to summer, to fall, to winter. It's also an important stabilizing force for our atmospherewithout which life on Earth would be almost assuredly impossible. And so it stands to reason that tilt might play an important role in fostering life on other worlds as well.

35,000 Papers May Need Retraction for Image Doctoring

Alison McCook, RW

In a new preprint posted to bioRxiv, image sleuths scanned hundreds of papers published over a seven-year period in Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), published by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

The Hubble Constant Changes Over Time

Ethan Siegel, Forbes

The Universe is an enormous place, filled with stars and galaxies for billions of light years in all direction. Ever since the Big Bang, light has been traveling from every source that's created it, with a tiny fraction eventually arriving at our eyes. But the light doesn't simply propagate through the space between where its emitted and where we are today; the fabric of space itself is expanding.

Would You Eat These Futuristic Foods?

Kira Peikoff, Leaps Magazine

For lunch, you head to your kitchen's 3D printer and pop in a cartridge, select your preferred texture and flavor, then stand back while your meal is chemically assembled. Afterward, for dessert, you snack on some chocolate that tastes more delicious than the truffles of the past. That's because these cocoa beans were gene-edited to improve their flavor.

Skyscraper Windows Could Soon Generate Power

Robert Service, Science

Lance Wheeler looks at glassy skyscrapers and sees untapped potential. Houses and office buildings, he says, account for 75% of electricity use in the United States, and 40% of its energy use overall. Windows, because they leak energy, are a big part of the problem. "Anything we can do to mitigate that is going to have a very large impact," says Wheeler, a solar power expert at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

Europe's CO2 Shortage Is a Disaster for Beer, Meat

Chris Stokel-Walker, Wired UK

Struggling to get a beer in your local this summer? You're not alone. Food-grade carbon dioxide is in short supply as an unexpectedly large number of ammonia plants across Europe a main source of the carbon dioxide used in our food and drinks have gone offline due to maintenance.

How Nature Became Unnatural

Sabine Hossenfelder, Backreaction

Naturalness is an old idea; it dates back at least to the 16th century and captures the intuition that a useful explanation shouldn't rely on improbable coincidences. Typical examples for such coincidences, often referred to as conspiracies, are two seemingly independent parameters that almost cancel each other, or an extremely small yet nonzero number. Physicists believe that theories which do not have such coincidences, and are natural in this particular sense, are more promising than theories that are unnatural.

Study Casts Doubt on Cap to Human Lifespan

Mark Barna, Discover

What would it be like to live forever? The thought has likely crossed your mind. But you soon sober up it ain't going to happen.Nevertheless, the idea of living longer than your parents and grandparents is not farfetched. Better lifestyles (such as exercising regularly and not smoking) and better medical care have helped increase longevity in developed countries.

Why You Can't Trust Government Dietary Data

Archer & Marlow, RealClearScience

When President Eisenhower left office in 1961, over 70% of Americans trusted the Federal Government. That figure plummeted to less than 20% by the time President Obama exited in 2017. Pundits offer myriad reasons for the decline, but the answer is simple: Americans are tired of lies. Over the past 60 years, we learned that the moving lips of a politician meant that he or she was either eating or deceiving.

Grisly Evidence of Human Sacrifice at 'German Stonehenge'

Laura Geggel, Li Sci

The broken, battered bones of children, teenagers and women discovered at the newly excavated "German Stonehenge" may be evidence of ancient human sacrifice, a new study finds.Archaeologists found the fractured skulls and rib bones buried in pits alongside axes, drinking vessels, butchered animal bones and querns (stone mills) at an archaeology site near Pmmelte, a village in Germany about 85 miles (136 kilometers) southwest of Berlin.

Wind Power Could Work on Mars

Leonard David, Space.com

Wind power on Mars is feasible, a new study suggests.Researchers demonstrated a small, lightweight wind turbine under simulated Martian atmospheric conditions, at the Aarhus Wind Tunnel Simulator II at Aarhus University in Denmark.Those trials were held in the fall of 2010. The study team reported follow-up findings, and a strong take-home message, in a paper presented at the Mars Workshop on Amazonian and Present Day Climate, which was held last week in Lakewood, Colorado.

The Young Milky Way Collided With a Dwarf Galaxy

Ramin Skibba, Quanta

As the Milky Way was growing, taking shape, and minding its own business around 10 billion years ago, it suffered a massive head-on collision with another, smaller galaxy. That cosmic cataclysm changed the Milky Way's structure forever, shaping the thick spirals that spin out from the supermassive black hole at the galaxy's core.

'GMO' is a Meaningless, Misleading Term

Giovanni Tagliabue, ACSH

Many people believe that a so-called genetically modified organism (GMO) is a term that has some significance for interpreting the safety of food. Most life scientists -- geneticists, biologists, ecologists, and agronomists -- are pretty sure that the opposite is true.
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