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A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency

Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today:<p>1. Do not obey …

Political Science

Dyslexia: Major cause of learning difficulty may have been discovered by neuroscientists

Scientists have discovered what appears to be a fundamental reason why people are dyslexic.<p>Using MRI scans to monitor the brains of people who …

Earth - The strange inspirations behind Greek myths

Many of us know the well-told ancient Greek story with the wooden horse, but how well do you know its sequel? Homer's <i>Odyssey</i> recounts what happened after the sack of Troy, specifically Odysseus's epic voyage home. It might be fictional but according to the experts it still provides valuable …

Scientists fired lasers at antimatter in an experiment that probes the deepest human question: why are we here?

Antimatter—the fictional power source in countless sci-fi stories—isn’t just a great source of energy; understanding it could tell us why we exist at all. That’s why a recent Nature paper outlining the results of an experiment at CERN with the antimatter version of hydrogen is so important to …

Physics

3 Lessons From Albert Einstein on How to Become a Better Student of the World

These pieces of wisdom are applicable to just about any individual or business--forever.<p>There's no doubt that Albert Einstein was a pretty smart cookie -- he changed the world forever with his theory of relativity. But Einstein didn't just figure things out for his own benefit. He was a teacher who …

Albert Einstein