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Hillary Clinton draws her first 2016 challenger

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announces presidential exploratory committee

There have now been more than 90 school shootings since Sandy Hook

Gunman is dead, three others injured overnight at Florida State University

Is This Fungus the Future of Farming?

Mycorrhizal fungi growing on a petri dish in Alia Rodriguez's lab Cynthia Graber This article was originally published on Gastropod. Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of years, you've probably heard about the...Show More Summary

The FBI Is Very Excited About This Machine That Can Scan Your DNA in 90 Minutes

Robert Schueren shook my hand firmly, handed me his business card, and flipped it over, revealing a short list of letters and numbers. "Here is my DNA profile." He smiled. "I have nothing to hide." I had come to meet Schueren, the CEO...Show More Summary

5 reasons Benedict Cumberbatch is the Internet’s “sexiest man alive”

British accent? Check. Off-beat sex appeal? Check. Leading role in a cult show? Ditto. Sherlock still can't lose

These Laws Let Accused Rapists Off the Hook

On January 23, 2014, Bart Bareither walked into the Marion County Sheriff's Department in Indianapolis. The 39-year-old computer engineer confessed to having raped a nursing student nine years earlier, while he was a teaching assistant at Indiana University. Show More Summary

These Simple Charts Show Why the US-China Climate Pact Is Such a Big Deal

This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The big climate news of last week, indeed maybe of the past several years, was the surprise announcement of a bilateral US-China agreement setting targets for CO2 emissions out to the year 2030. Show More Summary

Veterans Affairs Maintains Weak Security for Vets’ Private Data

GAO report: Data at "an increased risk of unauthorized access, modification, disclosure, or loss.”

Texas, Michigan Lawmakers Say Religious Rights Not Protected in Gay Rights Efforts

Some states have adopted constitutional language like one Texas legislator has drafted; some have blocked it.

Obama Aide Nominated as Kerry’s No. 2 Compares U.S. Foreign Policy to It’s a Wonderful Life

Blinken grilled by senators on Iran deal, "JV" ISIS, Israel security, and potential unilateral change in Cuba policy by Obama.

Sleep is the enemy of capital

Your alarm rings. Which these days is likely to be located on your phone. It might be comforting nature sounds, or perhaps a vaguely futuristic throbbing. You’ll probably go along with the snooze prompt a few times, bathing in a passing...Show More Summary

At the bitter edge of hope’s flight

Palestine flickers into existence again… 2000–2011: Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Guyana gave the green light to Palestinian sovereignty. Norway called the “general delegation” from Palestine a “diplomatic...Show More Summary

“I am lonely, will anyone speak to me”: Inside the saddest thread on the internet, ten years later

In 2004, this thread became a viral sensation. It still exists--and it reveals how much the internet has changed

Gay marriage’s long and messy road: What we misunderstand about this tortured legal saga

The new book "Winning Marriage" destroys the dangerous myth that legalizing gay marriage was ever "inevitable"

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1?: Roman Empire vs. Khmer Rouge

A fiery Jennifer Lawrence switches sides, but remains a propaganda symbol, in a thrilling penultimate chapter

Tracy Pollan: “People give up when it comes to the family meal. For me and Michael, it was a priority”

The actress and cookbook writer (and Michael J. Fox's wife) learned important lessons at dinner, and passes them on

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