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President Barack Obama returned to the spotlight on Sunday to receive the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. And his acceptance speech will probably go down as yet another example of his gift for mixing the truth of current realities with inspiration for the future.  SEE ALSO: Trump said Australia’s healthcare is better, […]

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In case you needed further proof that vaccines are vital and important, consider what’s happening now in Minnesota.    An outbreak of measles has sickened more than 40 children since mid-April, primarily within the state’s large Somali-American community. Anti-vaccination activists have helped spur unfounded fears in Somali parents that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine […]

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The producers of Norway’s smash-hit “Slow TV” genre have captivated audiences with videos of a 134-hour-long cruise voyage and 13 hours of people knitting.  But sometimes even Slow TV can be too slow. Norway’s public broadcaster NRK recently suspended a show following the progress of migratory reindeer because the animals stopped moving, The Local reported, […]

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A secretive space plane returned to Earth on Sunday with a sonic boom. The U.S. Air Force’s unmanned, reusable vehicle landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center after spending a record 718 days in space. Powerful shock waves rippled throughout Central Florida as the mini-space shuttle returned from its mission. SEE ALSO: SpaceX’s most recent rocket […]

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It’s been a tough few months for opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). First Donald Trump officially approved the $3.8 billion project. Then indigenous people were forced to clear out of the Oceti Sakowin and Sacred Stone protest camps. And with construction done, oil has now begun flowing from North Dakota to Illinois.  But […]

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A starving, struggling otter in Arizona was nursed back to health after utility workers plucked it from a canal on the outskirts of Phoenix.  The 4-week-old animal was dehydrated and covered with fleas when three heroes from Salt River Project noticed the otter struggling to escape the drying canal.  “He was calling for his momma, […]

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You’ve probably already seen The Oatmeal comic in your social media feed several times now.  Its beautiful illustrations are paired with an elegant, clever explanation about something called the “backfire effect.” Basically, it describes why people double down on their beliefs when presented with contradictory information.  SEE ALSO: What Facebook must do to prepare its […]

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President Donald Trump took on the topic of medical marijuana for the first time since he took office in November, and it appears he’s kind of in favor of it. Along with signing the most recent federal funding bill (the one that always brings the threat of a government shut down if it isn’t passed), […]

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As scientist-activists who work on climate science and renewable energy, the question we get asked the most is, “What can I do about climate change?” Here’s our evolving take – a synthesis of what we think are the three most impactful ways to contribute in the face of such an urgent and systemic problem. (To […]

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The people have many questions about the contents of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) but, firstly and perhaps most importantly, they want to know: How many representatives read it before they cast their votes for it on Thursday? Several members of Congress ducked questions about whether they’d read the 126-page bill. One said he […]

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Pepe has made his way to France. Of the many wildly unpredictable aspects of the 2016 election, the usage of memes by a fiercely active, populist conservative movement stands alone.  Using easily shareable and emotionally driven images to promote nationalist conservative politics, internet meme evangelists believe that they had a direct impact on the election, […]

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There are some stories that, as a space journalist, you just don’t want to cover.  And well, famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking’s most recent news-making moment is one of them. SEE ALSO: Stephen Hawking says we don’t need science to prove that women are equal According to a blurb released by the BBC, an upcoming documentary […]

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Put down the sombrero and back away slowly. Today is Cinco de Mayo, one of the most widely celebrated Mexican holidays in the United States. But all the taco eating and $5 margaritas can cloud what you’re actually celebrating — and lead to some nasty cultural appropriation. SEE ALSO: 5 Latinos who have become social […]

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