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  • Trump & Obstruction of Justice: An Explainer

    Legally, a person can obstruct justice even if he committed no other crime – though it is harder to prove. It all depends on the intent behind pressuring investigators, say, or firing an FBI director.

  • Mueller Investigation Was a Goldmine for the ‘Political-Infotainment-Media Complex’

  • Abraham Lincoln, Joe Biden & the Politics of Touch

  • How Columbine Became a Blueprint for School Shooters

  • Tax Day 2019: An Easy Solution Exists to Make Filing Tax Returns Easier

  • Measles Outbreaks: Balancing Public Health & Personal Rights

    As the measles outbreaks spread, public health officials are trying different measures to curb it. Yet there are limits to what they can do as they balance community safety and personal freedom.

  • Female Astronauts: How Tailored Equipment Paves the Way to Success

  • Scientists Probably Already Found the Next Big Discovery in Astronomy & Don’t Know It

  • Are Astronauts Worth Tens of Billions of Dollars in Extra Costs to Go to Mars?

  • First Black Hole Photo Confirms Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

  • Observing the Invisible: the Long Journey to the First Image of a Black Hole

    Astronomers say they have "seen what we thought was unseeable" in releasing the first image of a supermassive black hole. So how did we get to this historic observation?

  • How a ‘Missing’ Movement Made Gun Control a Winning Issue

  • A Country Can Never Be Too Rich, Too Beautiful or Too Full of People

  • How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Turned Baseball Into a National Sensation

  • In the Future, Everyone Might Use Quantum Computers

  • Colorectal Cancer Increase in Younger Adults: What Could Be the Cause?

  • How a Chess Program Helped Tanitoluwa Adewumi & His Family

  • Your Pet on Pot or CBD? Not a Good Thing, Vet Toxicologist Explains

  • Walter Byers: The Man Who Made March Madness What It Is Today

  • Teens Have Less Face Time With Their Friends & Are Lonelier Than Ever

    In the late 1970s, 52 percent of 12th-graders hung out with their friends almost every day. By 2017, only 28 percent were doing so.

  • Magnetoreception: New Evidence for a Human Magnetic Sense

  • Global Pancreatic Cancer Study Offers Insights Into Treatment & Early Detection

  • Here’s What Grounding Boeing 737 Max Planes Means for Travelers

  • Sexism Has Long Been Part of the Culture of Southern Baptists

  • Opioid Crisis Shows Partnering With Industry Can Be Bad for Public Health

    The interests of pharmaceutical companies and public health are not the same. Industry dollars can distort research agendas, while framing health challenges and solutions in ways that benefit corporations.

  • Michael Cohen’s Verbal Somersault, ‘I Lied, but I’m Not a Liar,’ Translated by a Rhetoric Expert

  • Drinkers Prefer Big Beer Keeps Its Hands Off Their Local Craft Brews

  • Venezuela Crisis Explained: A Tale of Two Presidents

  • Amazon HQ2: Texas Experience Shows Why New Yorkers Should Be Skeptical

  • Why the US Has Higher Drug Prices Than Other Countries

    The Trump administration's proposal to lower drug prices focuses on discounts. A health policy scholar argues that the US could learn from Europe's system of measuring value and effectiveness.