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    Steven Pinker on the Tribal Roots of Defying Social Distancing

     The images are everywhere: People crowded face-to-face in swimming pools, shoulder-to-shoulder in indoor bars, cheering without masks at a rally held by President Trump, who often downplays the global pandemic. Now, as many public health experts predicted, waves of new COVID-19 infections and deaths are rolling across the South and West. Many, still practicing social […]

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    The Mystery of the Dark Asteroid That Scorched Russia

    A new theory emerges to explain the enigmatic Tunguska Event.

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    The Trouble with Counting Alien Civilizations

    Life on Earth is a sketchy guide to intelligent life in the cosmos.

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    Why Birds Can Fly Over Mount Everest

    A story for my grandchildren about oxygen, evolution, and our planet’s fate.

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    Life on Earth Is a Sketchy Guide to an Alien Civilization

    Any assumptions about properties like intelligence or agency that we make based on what we currently know about life on Earth are on exceedingly shaky ground.Photograph by European Southern Observatory (ESO) / Wikicommons You might imagine that in the midst of a global pandemic and all of its social and economic fallout that our minds […]

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    The Animal Kingdom Should Have Father’s Day Too

    A concerned clownfish father looking after his nest of tiny, orange eggs.Justin Rhodes Becoming a parent brings out the best in many animals. Although parenting is usually left to the females, males from many species go above and beyond to care for the offspring. Take anemonefish. In Finding Nemo, Marlin swims over 1,000 miles from […]