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Astros, Braves trade is understandable and baffling

Guess which team gets the "baffling" label?<p>It sure is nice when recently written topics come up again almost immediately. Earlier on Wednesday, I wrote about the win-now teams, noting that the Astros were slowly creeping toward the right (and and right) side of the scale. Last week, I wrote about …

Evolution: Why do we have lips?

Human beings are unusual in that our mouths are surrounded by hypersensitive, easily-hurt pink tissue – why? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>They kind of flap around on the front of your face, get dried out and chapped in the winter, and occasionally get caught up between your teeth and mistaken for …

Free Climbing El Capitan: In Pictures

Ivy League’s meritocracy lie: How Harvard and Yale cook the books for the 1 percent

<b>Minnie Driver and Matt Damon in "Good Will Hunting" (Miramax Pictures)</b><p>“We are credentializing a new elite by legitimizing people with an inflated sense of their own merit”<p>Lani Guinier<p>January 11, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Tyranny of the Meritocracy: Democratizing Higher Education in …

College & University

The quest to see China’s extraordinary frozen fog

Exquisite, delicate rime forms only when conditions are just right – and its appearance can be fleeting.<p>I was on a mission – one that required me to wear four layers of warm clothes and a fleece balaclava. I was going to be braving temperatures below -20C for hours. My friend Cherry Li, who grew up …

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …