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How can we save more lives during a refugee crisis? See it coming before it hits.

Refugee advocate Rana Novack is using AI to help predict new waves of migration — so the world can help before disaster strikes. Mass migrations are part of our modern reality: The number of people forcibly displaced from their homes, by war or persecution, ballooned to 65.6 million people in...

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New research provides further evidence that the human brain often just hears what it expects to hear.

Credit: Jonathan Kirn/Getty ImagesIf you participated in the recent Laurel vs.Yanny viral phenomenon, then you already know that you can't always trust your ears. What you hear, when a certain word or phrase is uttered, isn't necessarily what the next person hears — or what th...

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How Exactly Do You Establish a Space Force?

At about 8 a.m. on Monday, reporters called into a press conference with White House officials to discuss the day’s main event: a meeting of the National Space Council at noon. The conference was convened to discuss a spate of new proposals by the administration for, among other things, improv...

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Gallery: How to take wedding photos that will make people’s jaws drop

Wedding photographer Charleton Churchill is willing to hike the extra mile, plunge into the depths of caves, and scale the highest peaks (think: Everest) to highlight the splendors of nature — and ensure his images of couples are just as memorable as the ceremonies themselves. A wedding perfor...

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Boeing's personal aircraft competition announces 10 prototype flying machines.

Boeing and a cabal of major aircraft industry players announced June 14 the first-phase winners of the ambitious GoFly Prize. Designed to jump-start the development of personal flying vehicles, the GoFly program is an X-Prize style competition with millions of dollars in funding at stake. Initially...

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The world’s refugees need all the help they can get. Here are 7 ways that businesses can support them

Want to do something to help the world’s more than 22 million refugees? Any business — no matter its size — can give them a boost, says Melissa Fleming, chief spokesperson for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. On Saturday, June 9, I had the honor of co-hosting the first-ever TEDx event...

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Someone Flew a Drone Too Close to a Wildfire, Again

It happened again this week.On Thursday, firefighting crews battling the Bocco Fire, which has burned hundreds of acres in Colorado, had to stop their efforts when an unauthorized civilian drone flew into their airspace. Neither tankers nor helicopters could fly for an hour while firefighters waited...

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It’s Not About the Raccoon

As an inveterate raccoon junky, I ought to have been more excited about #MPRraccoon, the desperate, courageous youngster whose dramatic 25-story climb up a St. Paul, Minnesota, skyscraper transfixed the internet earlier this week.After all, one of my all-time favorite books is Rascal, Sterling North...

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<em>Radio Atlantic</em>:<em> </em>Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Nationwide, black Americans live three years less than white Americans. In places with a history of segregation, that life-expectancy gap can be as much as twenty years. Staff writer Olga Khazan joins Matt Thompson, Alex Wagner, and Vann Newkirk to share the story of Kiarra Boulware, a young black w...

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Archaeologists have long wondered how the hats atop Easter Island’s iconic statues were put in place.

Credit: Jesse Kraft/EyeEm via Getty ImagesEaster hats are nice. Easter Island hats, however, are a pain. Carved from sharp volcanic rock and more than 700 years old, the stone formations can weigh upwards of 13 tons. Archaeologists have long wondered how these stone hats, which sit...


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