Megan Azimi

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CDC: Throw Your Romaine Lettuce in the Trash Right Now

On this most blessed of days, the Centers for Disease and Prevention is telling everyone to stay the hell away from a different sort of green, one …

What’s the Matter With Trumpland?

These days almost everyone has the (justified) sense that America is coming apart at the seams. But this isn’t a new story, or just about politics. Things have been falling apart on multiple fronts since the 1970s: Political polarization has marched side by side with economic polarization, as …

Income Inequality

The inescapable anti-Semitism of Western nationalists

<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>Readers of Today's WorldView are well aware of how the far right has gone mainstream over the past year. …

Rights & Freedoms

Scientists have discovered two simple psychological differences that make you liberal or conservative

Political battles in the US are often portrayed as a clash between "bleeding heart" liberals and "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" conservatives.<p>Voters who favor opposing parties see various issues differently, but does that mean liberals and conservatives actually process the world through …

Psychology

A professor of medicine explains why he hasn't quit diet soda — but never drinks the regular kind

Just how bad is your Diet Coke habit?<p>Probably not as unhealthy as you think. And swapping it for the regular stuff won't do you any favors.<p>"If I have to choose between diet drinks and those with added sugar, I'll go with the diet," Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University …

Diabetes

The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Universe

3 of Nature’s Greatest Mysteries May Be Solved Thanks to Quantum Biology

Quantum mechanics is known for weird occurrences and bizarre outcomes. Consider superposition where a particle can be in two places at once, while …

There's A Murky New Way To Raise Money And Regulators Are Not Amused

Startups have raised more than $1 billion from unregulated "initial coin offerings" this year, but the party won't last forever.<p>One of the biggest trends in startup funding this year has been the ICO, or initial coin offering. It’s a weird and novel way for companies to crowdfund money by selling, …

Cryptocurrency

Were the Ancient Egyptians Black or White? Scientists Now Know

Egyptologists, writers, scholars, and others, have argued the race of the ancient Egyptians since at least the 1970’s. Some today believe they were …

Ancient History

Scientists Discover the Purpose of a Mysterious 3700-Year-Old Babylonian Tablet

The purpose of a mysterious 3700-year-old Babylonian clay tablet has been discovered by scientists. Researchers from the University of New South …

When White Nationalists Get DNA Tests That Reveal African Ancestry

An analysis of Stormfront forums shows a sometimes sophisticated understanding of the limits of ancestry tests.<p>The white-nationalist forum Stormfront hosts discussions on a wide range of topics, from politics to guns to <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>. And of particular and enduring interest: genetic ancestry …

Genealogy

How an Iroquois Chief Helped Write the U.S. Constitution

History has largely forgotten Canasatego, the Iroquois chief who eloquently introduced American colonists to the federalist ideas that would shape …

History

Inside the Deadly Pursuit of Unsolved Languages

Facebook's robots have terrified the masses by coming up with a language their creators could not understand, but one researcher's work got him …

Ancient History

The polygamous town facing genetic disaster

In a remote region of the US, a town is struggling with a chilling health crisis caused by a recessive gene. The reason? Here, polygamy is still practised.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>“We are to gird up our loins and fulfil this, just …

Salt Lake City

Trump's 2020 Campaign Has Already Paid Out $600K—to Trump

Back in 2000, when Donald Trump was considering a presidential run on the Reform Party ticket, he told <i>Fortune</i>, "It's very possible that I could be …

17 Completely WTF Things People Used To Do To Babies

Um, goats used to nurse babies.<p>Unless otherwise noted, all facts came from Nicholas Day's <i>Baby Meets World: Suck, Smile, Touch, Toddle: A Journey Through Infancy</i>.

Pregnancy

We still have no idea why humans speak over 7,000 languages

The thatched roof held back the sun’s rays, but it could not keep the tropical heat at bay. As everyone at the research workshop headed outside for a break, small groups splintered off to gather in the shade of coconut trees and enjoy a breeze. I wandered from group to group, joining in the …

Language Learning

“Post-Ebola syndrome” is something else to keep you up at night

Researchers are only beginning to understand this and may now have monkey model.<p>After the ghastly symptoms subside, Ebola may not be done; it may …

Disease

The Psychological Explanation for When You Feel Like You’re Being Watched

Picture this: You’re sitting on a nearly empty subway car at night, engrossed in your book or your Instagram feed or whatever you do to pass the time …

Psychology

Scientists Have Reversed Brain Damage in a 2-Year-Old Girl Who Drowned in a Swimming Pool

She was in the water for 15 minutes.<p>Researchers in the US have reported what they believe is a first-of-its-kind reversal of brain damage, after …

Swimming Pools

29 Useless Pieces Of Trivia You'll Want To Tell Everyone Right Away

"Yoda and Miss Piggy were voiced by the same person."<p>—Sophomaniac<p>—wofflestomp<p>—CrookedKeith<p>—McSmallFries<p>—Solgrynn<p>—monkus2k<p>—Darth_Draper<p>—kborschel<p>—youryellowumbrella<p>—ac2cvn71<p>—jimmiethefish<p>—MarlaTheTumor<p>—Abysmal_Abyss<p>—fabytta5<p>—No_name_Johnson<p>—chrisPmaplebaconRD<p>Some responses have been edited for …

James Bond

Mac and cheese has potentially dangerous chemicals that have been banned from baby toys

Chemicals banned from babies' teething toys are present in macaroni and cheese products, according to a new study.<p>The study was published by the Coalition for Safer Food Processing and Packaging, a group of consumers, doctors, scientists, and health advocates. According to The New York Times …

Sessions to Unveil Health-Care Fraud Crackdown This Week, Sources Say

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is poised to announce a major law enforcement action this week targeting health-care fraud, focusing on opioid …

Health Care

Supreme Court unanimously overturns North Carolina’s ban on social-media use by sex offenders

A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court released its opinion in <i>Packingham v. North Carolina</i>, holding 8-0 that a North Carolina law prohibiting previously convicted sex offenders from accessing or using “social networking” websites violates the First Amendment.<p>The Volokh Conspiracy had more involvement …

Social Media

These are all the people the Senate health care bill will hurt

The actual policies contained in the Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate Republican plan introduced on Thursday to repeal and replace Obamacare, would help some Americans a <i>lot</i>. The biggest winners are households making $250,000 a year or more, which would see two different taxes targeting …

Coal company sues HBO's John Oliver for defamation

NEW YORK (AP) — Coal company Murray Energy has sued HBO and its Sunday-night host, John Oliver, for what it says was a "false and malicious …

Obama Administration

How The Guardian Lost America

The Guardian’s US newsroom didn’t become the voice of the Bernie left during the election. It didn’t break huge campaign scoops. Years after winning a Pulitzer for the Edward Snowden story, Guardian US has slashed costs, leaving employees stewing about mismanagement, infighting, a sexual harassment …

Journalism

How Two Common Medications Became One $455 Million Specialty Pill

This story was co-published with The Atlantic.Everything happened so fast as I walked out of the doctor’s exam room. I was tucking in my shirt and …

Pharma

This Is The First Detailed Footage of DNA Replication, And It Wasn't What We Expected

"It undermines a great deal of what's in the textbooks."<p>Here's proof of how far we've come in science - in June 2017, researchers recorded up-close …

Bill Cosby’s Rape Trial Defense Quits After Six Minutes

The defense’s closing argument focused on Andrea Constand’s inconsistencies, while the prosecution used Cosby’s own words against him. The final word …