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Did Ryan Zinke Give Florida an Offshore Drilling Exemption Because of Mar-a-Lago?

Did Ryan Zinke Give Florida an Offshore Drilling Exemption Because of Mar-a-Lago?

The Trump administration announced plans last week to lift Obama-era prohibitions on offshore drilling, potentially opening up thousands of miles of coastline to companies interested in extracting oil
Facebook’s Revamp Includes an Effort to Fight Fake News

Facebook’s Revamp Includes an Effort to Fight Fake News

Facebook is shifting tactics in the war on fake news. A few weeks ago, in the quiet lead-up to the announced Thursday, the company made another tweak to what users see: It said it would mark bogus
It’s Surprisingly Easy to Lose a Satellite, Even One Worth Millions

It’s Surprisingly Easy to Lose a Satellite, Even One Worth Millions

SpaceX and Northrop Grumman are not having a good week. On Sunday, SpaceX launched a secret military satellite called Zuma from Florida into orbit. But the satellite, built by Northrop Grumman and
Is Watching the News Actually Bad for Your Health?

Is Watching the News Actually Bad for Your Health?

A Minnesota-based gym chain called Life Time caused a stir among its clients—and the rest of the internet, once the New York Times picked up the story—when it announced its decision to remove all
Oprah Winfrey Helped Create Our American Fantasyland

Oprah Winfrey Helped Create Our American Fantasyland

Adapted from Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History copyright © 2017 by Kurt Andersen. With permission from the publisher, Random House. All rights reserved. Forty-eight hours ago,
What to Do if You Have the Flu

What to Do if You Have the Flu

Flu season is upon us, which means emergency departments all over the globe are dealing with an overwhelming number of patients with flu and flulike symptoms. In a bilateral attempt at self-interest
Will Puerto Rico’s Official Death Count From Maria Ever Be Accurate?

Will Puerto Rico’s Official Death Count From Maria Ever Be Accurate?

This story is republished with permission from the Conversation. “If you don’t get away from those areas, you are going to die.” That phrase concluded Puerto Rico Secretary of Public Safety Héctor
Why Is It So Cold Outside?

Why Is It So Cold Outside?

If you’re east of the Mississippi, you’ve probably noticed it’s been pretty cold outside. Boston hasn’t seen anything above 30 degrees Fahrenheit since Christmas. It isn’t much better in New York
Why the Raw Water Movement Is So Obnoxious

Why the Raw Water Movement Is So Obnoxious

The belief that “natural” is better has animated many food and health trends in recent memory, with natural as a shorthand denoting purity, a lack of processing, or rejection of modern medicine: raw
Actually, Snow in Florida Is Probably Caused by Climate Change

Actually, Snow in Florida Is Probably Caused by Climate Change

This story was originally published by Mother Jones and has been republished here with permission from Climate Desk. The eastern United States is starting out 2018 the same way it ended 2017:
Why Is Monsanto Inviting This Alt-Right Hero to a Fireside Chat on Farming?

Why Is Monsanto Inviting This Alt-Right Hero to a Fireside Chat on Farming?

On Sunday, during the annual American Farm Bureau Federation conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Monsanto’s director of millennial engagement, Vance Crowe, will host a fireside chat with University of
How Interesting Does Science Have to Be for the Public to Fund It?

How Interesting Does Science Have to Be for the Public to Fund It?

If you’ve read the phrase alien megastructures over the past few years, you probably have Tabetha Boyajian to thank. The Louisiana State University–based astronomer has been the driving force behind
The Largest Known Prime Number

The Largest Known Prime Number

Update, Jan. 4, 2018: On Wednesday, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search announced that a computer owned by Jonathan Pace in Germantown, Tennessee, discovered a new prime number. At 23,249,425
Dr. Banting’s Miracle Drug

Dr. Banting’s Miracle Drug

This video is part of a series on diabetes produced by the . It’s published here in partnership with Slate. Warning: the video above contains graphic images of sick children. Just 100 years ago,
Why Are We So Bad at Predicting How Much Snow We’ll Get?

Why Are We So Bad at Predicting How Much Snow We’ll Get?

How much is it going to snow Thursday? As a meteorologist, the bane of my existence is predicting snow. It is the most difficult forecast I make with dozens of different ways it can go wrong. More
LOL Something Matters

LOL Something Matters

I. Ten years ago last fall, Washington Post science writer Shankar Vedantam published an alarming scoop: The truth was useless. His story started with a flyer issued by the Centers for Disease Control
The New Documentary Heal Makes Important Points About Staying Positive

The New Documentary Heal Makes Important Points About Staying Positive

Several years ago, I had a patient named Howard. Howard had a muscle-wasting disease that confined him to a wheelchair, a wife who was severely ill, and a growing anger and outrage that he wasn’t able
We Wanted to Believe

We Wanted to Believe

If you wanted to believe, 2017 was the year to do it. Thanks to an explosion of new discoveries of potentially habitable planets outside our solar system, a better understanding of how life might
This Land Was Your Land

This Land Was Your Land

This story is republished from High Country News as part of a collaboration with Climate Desk. President Donald Trump has spent the past year steadily undoing Obama-era environmental protections,
Astrophysical Delight

Astrophysical Delight

2017 may have been an insane, demoralizing year, but at least we still had the marvels above us. Throughout the year, the wonders—and wanderers—of space continued to offer excitement that nearly