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The Best Book I Read This Year

Staff selections from a year of reading<p><i>The Atlantic</i>'s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.

The ultimate travel bucket list: 31 things to do in your lifetime

Should the Government Fund Only Science in the "National Interest"?

Texas lawmaker steps up a fight over control of research funding.<p>The glass-and-concrete headquarters of the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia, normally hosts scientists who decide the fate of fellow researchers' grant proposals. But in a nondescript spare office on the 12th floor, …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Antares Falls, Mars Mystifies, and the Sun Rises

A sunrise consoles space station crew after the loss of an unmanned Antares supply rocket, with Mars and the stars offering more consolation.

Katie Melua finds spider living in her ear

The singer Katie Melua has had a spider extracted from her ear after it took up residence for a whole week. Melua revealed her close encounter with the arachnid on her Instagram account, complete with pictures.<p>The singer said she had been bothered by a rustling sound in her ear and went to the …

The U.N. Just Gave Us an 85-Year Deadline on Global Warming

There’s no doubt that climate change is real, and staving off its worst effects will likely require humanity to get its net greenhouse-gas …