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I Paid $300 For DNA-Based Fitness Advice And All I Got Was Junk Science

by Angela Chen In January of this year, I decided I would complete a half-marathon. I would push my body to the limit and be reborn as my best self. For months, I woke up at 6 to run before work, motivated by the promise of sweet endorphins and even-sweeter self-righteousness. But then the winter […]

By Gideon Resnick and Sam Stein Brett J. Talley, nominated by President Donald Trump to the Federal District Court in Montgomery, Alabama, has never tried a case, is married to a White House lawyer, and has been dubbed as unqualified by the American Bar Association. He also has a fervent interest in investigating and writing about paranormal […]

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By Erin Biba In 1954, a study published by Princeton and Dartmouth researchers asked their students to watch a recording of a football game between the two schools and count infractions. The Princeton students reported twice as many violations against Princeton as Dartmouth students did. In a 2003 study, Yale researchers asked people to evaluate […]

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By Julie Zauzmer When Roy Moore, then 34 years old, asked 17-year-old Debbie Wesson Gibson whether she would date him, Gibson asked her mother what she would think. According to The Washington Post’s investigation into Moore’s alleged pursuit of teenage girls, which was published Thursday, Gibson’s mother replied, “I’d say you were the luckiest girl in […]

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By Joe Garofoli Rep. Jared Huffman recently did something radical for a member of Congress: The San Rafael Democrat revealed publicly that he doesn’t believe in God. To put that in context, coming out as a nonbeliever is more rare than coming out as a nonheterosexual — there are seven LGBTQ members in the reality-challenged zone known […]

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Exoplanet hunters rethink search for alien life

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By Alexandra Witze Steve Desch can see the future of exoplanet research, and it’s not pretty. Imagine, he says, that astronomers use NASA’s upcoming James Webb Space Telescope to scour the atmosphere of an Earth-mass world for signs of life. Then imagine that they chase hints of atmospheric oxygen for years — before realizing that those were […]

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Does West Virginia’s “Christian Heritage Week” Violate Church/State Separation?

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By David G. McAfee From now until next Saturday, West Virginia is honoring “Christian Heritage Week,” where the state government promotes Christian lessons, songs, and prayers… and raises valid concerns about church/state separation. The ACLU of West Virginia has called on this to be the last Christian Heritage Week by sending a letter to the state’s […]

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Why evangelicals are again backing a Republican despite allegations of sexual misconduct

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By Astead W. Herndon WASHINGTON — Allegations that Roy Moore sexually assaulted teenage girls decades ago have turned many Republicans against their party’s Senate candidate in Alabama, but one bloc of conservative leaders is standing by their man: evangelicals. It is the latest example of a shift in attitude among Christian conservatives, who polls show […]

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Immortality in Space for “Johnny B. Goode”

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By CBS When Chuck Berry sang “Go, go Johnny go!” in 1958, could he have ever imagined how far his rock and roll hit would really go? “Johnny B. Goode” is now some 13 billion miles from Earth, traveling at 38,000 mph aboard NASA’s Voyager 1 space probe. The guitar anthem shares space on a […]

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Biology’s beloved amphibian — the axolotl — is racing towards extinction

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By Erik Vance When biologist Luis Zambrano began his career in the late 1990s, he pictured himself working miles from civilization, maybe discovering new species in some hidden corner of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Instead, in 2003, he found himself counting amphibians in the polluted, murky canals of Mexico City’s Xochimilco district. The job had its […]

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