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The 60-Year Downfall of Nuclear Power in the U.S. Has Left a Huge Mess

The demand for atomic energy is in decline. But before the country can abandon its plants, there's six decades of waste to deal with.<p>It was just another day in the life of the defunct Hanford nuclear site, a remote part of Washington State that made most of the plutonium in America’s Cold War …

Nuclear Energy

Is Humanity Ignoring Our First Chance For A Mission To An Oort Cloud Object?

In 2003, scientists discovered an object beyond Neptune that was unlike any other: Sedna. While there were larger dwarf planets beyond Neptune, and comets that would travel farther from the Sun, Sedna was unique for how far it always remained from the Sun. It always remained more than twice as …

Astronomy

The old capitalism returns

We flatter ourselves into thinking that we live in a time of exceptional economic upheaval. The truth is that the present resembles the past. What we learned — and forget — is that a dynamic economy is inherently destructive. But the periodic convulsions often create long-term benefits. That has …

How to spend a year living abroad for $1,000 a month

The sabbatical.<p>The year off.<p>The walkabout.<p>The career/life reset.<p>It's something most of us talk about, or at least dream about. It's the answer to the questions we ask ourselves before our pick-me-up 4:15 p.m. coffees: Will life be a march of unremitting, interminable years of work? Will each year …

The Man Who Brought Down Lance Armstrong

Floyd Landis, a former teammate of the cyclist’s, just won more than $1 million in a legal case against Armstrong. Here are his thoughts on the suit, cycling, and his onetime rival.<p>Updated: April 19, 2018<p>At 5:19 p.m. on Friday, April 30, 2010, Floyd Landis hit send on what would prove the most …

With a spacecraft in trouble and the White House watching, SpaceX had to deliver

Within minutes of liftoff, it was clear the Dragon spacecraft was in trouble.<p>Inside mission control on the morning of March 1, 2013, the SpaceX team was desperately trying to figure out what went wrong and soon pinpointed the problem: A few valves were stuck.<p>Lori Garver, NASA’s deputy …

Ancient DNA Is Rewriting Human (and Neanderthal) History

The genomes of the long dead are turning up all sorts of unexpected and controversial findings.<p>Geneticist David Reich used to study the living, but now he studies the dead.<p>The precipitating event came in the form of 40,000-year-old Neanderthal bones found in a Croatian cave. So well-preserved were …

Trump Repeats Nixon's Folly

This president isn’t the first to embrace a “trade war” to bolster his populist credentials—but in the end, it’s ordinary people who will bear its cost.<p>President Trump just raised the price of cars, beer, vacations, and apartment rentals.<p>That’s not what most headlines say. Those headlines say that …

Donald Trump

How Blockchain And Batteries Flipped A Power-Line Developer To Microgrids

Ed Krapels is a curious sort of electrical-transmission developer who thinks we don’t need to develop more transmission.<p>“We need less transmission in the future, but we need better-located and better-sited transmission,” the founder and CEO of Boston-based Anbaric Development Partners told me last …

Microtransactions

‘Scripted’ controversy: CNN releases emails of correspondence with Florida student

CNN appears to have had enough.<p>On Friday afternoon, the network released email correspondence between one of its producers, Carrie Stevenson, and a student from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla. The exchanges roared into the news following …

Inside North Korea’s Hacker Army

In most respects, Jong Hyok looks like any other middle-aged male tech worker you might see on the skyscraper-shadowed streets of Seoul’s Gangnam …

The Swiss Have Liberal Gun Laws, Too

But they also have fewer gun-related deaths than the U.S.<p>In February 2011, Swiss citizens voted in a referendum that called for a national gun registry and for firearms owned by members of the military to be stored in public arsenals.<p>“It is a question of trust between the state and the citizen. The …

Guns

A Reckoning with Women Awaits Trump

Donald Trump is the least mysterious figure in the history of the American Presidency. His infantile character, duplicity, cold-heartedness, and self-dealing greed are evident not merely to the majority of the poll-answering electorate but, sooner or later, to those who make the decision to work at …

Trump wanted to 'lock her up' for far less

Candidate Donald Trump used, more than any other issue, Hillary Clinton’s home email server to argue that she was unfit for office and, moreover, that there were grounds for sending her to jail. The eerie chants, more common in banana republics, to imprison his opponent (“Lock her up!”) would …

Four apps that will help you learn to play music

Pick up an instrument, learn your favorite songs, and practice a bit of music theory.<p>I'm a musician, and I learned the tricks of the trade the expensive and slow way: with private guitar lessons, summer music programs, and more theory books than I'd like to admit. Thankfully, in 2018 you can get …

McCain — a tireless voice for democracy the world over

Many otherwise hard-boiled political reporters still fondly recall their moments with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on the Straight Talk Express, the low-spin, laughs-filled campaign bus of his losing 2000 presidential try.<p>My travel memories with the senator are no less evocative, if perhaps not quite …

Scary, nasty and armed: the Roy Moore I knew | Stephen Bates

When I caught up with the defeated Republican politician in Alabama in 2006, he filled me in on the law, the lord and an unexpected British connection<p>Judge Roy Moore was one of the scariest – and most unpleasant – men I have ever met. That he has not yet, at the time of writing, conceded defeat in …

Roy Moore

'It's the Grandparents Stealing From the Grandchildren'

There’s a fiction at the heart of the debate over entitlements: The carefully cultivated impression that beneficiaries are simply receiving back their “own” money.<p>One day in 1984, Kurt Vonnegut called.<p>I was ditching my law school classes to work on the presidential campaign of Walter Mondale, the …

Retirement

Americans are drowning in debt. Here’s where they have it the worst.

<b>Share of population with any debt in collections</b><p>Nearly half the residents of Louisiana have debt that has gone into collections, making that state America's capital of past-due debt, according to a new national map of indebtedness released by the Urban Institute this week.<p>The debt numbers are …

The Hidden Player Spurring a Wave of Cheap Consumer Devices: Amazon

A few weeks ago, Wyze Labs, a one-year-old start-up in Seattle, sent me its first gadget to try. It’s a small, internet-connected video camera, the kind you might use for security or to keep tabs on your dog or your baby.<p>On the surface, the camera doesn’t sound special. Like home internet cameras …

eCommerce

Need More Proof That Evolution Is Real? Look No Further Than Your Own Body

DO try this at home.

Biology

How sheep with cameras got some tiny islands onto Google Street View

The Faroe Islands, a remote archipelago that juts out of the cold seas between Norway and Iceland, doesn’t even appear on some world maps. But as of last week, the verdant slopes, rocky hiking trails and few roads of the 18 islands are on Google Street View — and a team of camera-toting sheep …

Trump's inevitable Manafort-indictment tweet-storm is working against him

The president is rightly freaking out, and so Tuesday he hit a new low by attacking a witness cooperating with the government in a federal investigation.<p>President Trump's reckless tweeting about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's initial charging decisions is making the situation even worse for …

Carbon dioxide is gushing into Earth's atmosphere at record pace

The concentration of CO2, a planet-warming greenhouse gas, set a new record in 2016, according to a report by the U.N. World Meteorological Organization. The year-to-year spike in CO2, from 400 ppm in 2015 to 403.3 ppm in 2016, also represents the biggest annual jump on record, some of which can be …

How the Republic starts to fall

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p>If you listen to history podcasts, you've probably heard of Mike Duncan. The American broadcaster's …

Political Science

John Boehner Unchained

The former House speaker feels liberated—but he’s also seething about what happened to his party.<p>WEST CHESTER, Ohio—He swings the golf club like a right-hander, which he is, but putts as a southpaw. Maybe it’s a metaphor for a conservative politician who often turned to liberals in crunch time, but …

Republicans

How to Climb up a Really, Really Steep Hill

We’ve all been there: You look up at a road that appears as a wall in front of your bike and have to “paper boy” from side to side to reduce the gradient. Your legs feel more like you’re squatting weights than pushing pedals. Then, as you reach the top of the pedal stroke, you realize that you …

Northern California

The Dangerous Misunderstanding at the Core of the North Korea Debate

What the Trump administration has been threatening is not a “preemptive strike.”<p>Donald Trump lies so frequently and so brazenly that it’s easy to forget that there are political untruths he did not invent. Sometimes, he builds on falsehoods that predated his election, and that enjoy currency among …