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The Coming Wave of Murders Solved by Genealogy

Just three weeks ago, law enforcement in California announced the arrest of the Golden State Killer using DNA. The press conference was vague, but the details of the novel method soon trickled out: Joseph James DeAngelo was found by matching DNA from a crime scene with that of his distant relative o...

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Mount St. Helens and the Fear of Not Knowing

Yesterday, a Hawaiian volcano thousands of miles away from me erupted violently. Moments later, the phone in my pocket buzzed with an alert, Twitter notified me, friends on Slack pinged me, and within minutes I joined thousands of other curious people across the planet, watching someone livestream t...

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How to stand up to your inner critic

We all contain an inner nitpicker, but we shouldn’t let it drag us down and drown out everything else. Psychologist Rick Hanson gives advice on how to put it back in its place. We all have two different voices inside us: one that is nurturing, and one that is critical; one that lifts up, and o...

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How can you trust if someone will repay a loan? Look at their smartphone.

By replacing traditional credit scores with mobile phone data, entrepreneur Shivani Siroya has pioneered an innovative way to think about trust. What makes you decide to trust someone? Maybe you have mutual friends or you know their family. Maybe you know other people who went to the same college or...

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The Man Who Recreated an Extinct Virus

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Trump’s NASA Chief: 'I Fully Believe and Know the Climate Is Changing'

The new administrator of NASA held a town hall Thursday at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Jim Bridenstine is about four weeks into the job, and his path here was mired in controversy. After a few opening remarks, he started taking some questions. The first was about what Bridens...

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The First Urban Case of Ebola in the Congo Is a ‘Game Changer’

Updated on May 17 at 3:54 p.m. ETThe current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has thus far been confined to remote rural areas, but one case has now been confirmed in Mbandaka, a city of almost 1.2 million people. “We are moving to a new phase of the epidemic, and we are putt...

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These Lizards Are Full of Green Blood That Should Kill Them

In 1969, two biologists wrote about three lizards from New Guinea whose insides were green. The color ranged from a deep blue-green to a vivid lime hue, and it was everywhere. The lizards’ bodies, when dissected, revealed green bones, muscles, and blood. Their mouths, when opened, were green....

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Hippos Poop So Much That Sometimes All the Fish Die

At first, Chris Dutton and Amanda Subalusky had no idea why the fish were dying.At a bridge on the border between Kenya and Tanzania, they noticed that whenever the Mara River rose by a few feet, dead fish would wash up on its banks, sometimes in the thousands. Storks, vultures, crocodiles, and hyen...

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Why we owe it to ourselves to spend quiet time alone every day

By not giving ourselves the minutes — or hours — free of devices and distractions, we risk losing our ability to know who we are and what’s important to us, says physicist and writer Alan Lightman. In 2016, the Harvard biologist emeritus and naturalist E.O. Wilson (TED Talk: Advice...


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