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Mars Madness: 68 Cool Things About Mars Go Head-To-Head
March 29th, 2017, 10:42 PM
Humans have hurled billions of dollars at an adjacent red planet. Some crafts landed on Mars, some overshot it, some crashed into it, some made it into Earth orbit and not an inch farther and some just hurtled into the ocean. So in the half-century we’ve been doing this, what’s been the best scientific mission […]
A Century-Old Arctic Shipwreck Could Help Us Predict Extreme Weather
March 28th, 2017, 10:42 PM
In 1879, the USS Jeannette and her crew left San Francisco, headed for the Bering Strait with a dream: to win the race to reach the North Pole. After months of perilous sailing, the Jeannette made it through the strait. But soon after, she got stuck in the grip of ice floes, or sheets of […]
This Is Why We Love Stories About Mars
March 27th, 2017, 10:42 PM
S tories about monsters are stories about ourselves. Our current obsession with zombies might have something to do with our own societal doubts and agoraphobia in a rapidly urbanizing society. Stories about robots and Frankensteins are about the uncomfortable progression of science and what it means to be human. Science fiction entities tell us more […]
The Future Of Obamacare Is In Trump’s Hands
March 25th, 2017, 10:42 PM
After seven years, House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump announced Friday that Republican attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have, at least temporarily, been laid to rest. But that doesn’t mean that health care reform is over. Far from it. When asked Friday whether it was fair to the American people […]
A Mistranslated Word Led To Some Of The Best Fake News Of The 20th Century
March 21st, 2017, 10:42 PM
While the hard realities of Mars — it’ll mess with our bodies, our minds and our spaceships — matter a whole lot when we consider traveling to the red planet, it’s also worth thinking about why humans would want to go there in the first place. Yes, we could probably figure out the resources thing, […]
How The GOP Bill Could Change Health Care, In 8 Charts
March 20th, 2017, 10:42 PM
After years of trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, Republicans finally got their chance with the election of President Trump. The House GOP made haste coming up with a bill, releasing the American Health Care Act on March 6. It’s a partial repeal of Obamacare — it includes substantial changes […]
Did The Election Stress Americans Out? If It Did, We Didn’t See Our Doctors About It
March 16th, 2017, 10:42 PM
Politics is stressing Americans out — or so we hear. The 2016 election was contentious, exacerbated by an increasingly polarized electorate and the inescapable 24-hour news cycle. For many Americans who didn’t support Donald Trump, the days after the election were marked by disbelief, anger and sadness. For many who did, the days following Nov. […]
Exploring The Numbers In The GOP’s Health Care Plan
March 15th, 2017, 10:42 PM
The Congressional Budget Office released its estimates of the impact of House Republicans’ American Health Care Act — which would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act — on Monday. So in lieu of this week’s politics chat, on Tuesday we convened a crew of FiveThirtyEight policy lovers to talk through the numbers […]
No One Has Gotten Lucky In Space
March 14th, 2017, 10:42 PM
For several hundred thousand years, humans have rested high atop Earth’s cognitive totem pole. We know a lot of things. We know why we see stripes on zebras and spots on leopards. We know that certain chemicals can halt the growth of cancer cells. We’ve even figured out how to split an atom. But when […]
Space Sex Is Serious Business
March 14th, 2017, 10:42 PM
In January 1991, a couple of crazy kids got married. That these particular “kids” were in their late 30s, were astronauts, and were keeping their marriage a secret from their bosses at NASA only added to the romance. Mark Lee and Jan Davis met during training for a space shuttle mission and kept their relationship […]
The GOP Health Plan Would Drop Coverage To Pre-Obamacare Levels, The CBO Says
March 13th, 2017, 10:42 PM
Republicans have worked hard in recent weeks to convince members of the public that they shouldn’t be concerned if official projections show millions of people will lose coverage under the American Health Care Act, a House GOP bill that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Instead, they should focus […]
This East Coast Snowstorm Is Wicked Late
March 13th, 2017, 10:42 PM
Historic late-season snowfall is expected to hit the East Coast tonight and into Tuesday. The National Weather Service expects 8 to 12 inches in Philadelphia, 12 to 20 inches in New York City and 12 to 18 inches in Boston. Even during the heart of winter, these totals would disrupt travel and lead to school […]
Everything About Mars Is The Worst
March 9th, 2017, 10:42 PM
At first glance, Mars seems pretty nice. The sun warms its rusty surface to a balmy 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and gentle breezes ruffle its dirt. Spacecraft touch down and either plant their legs, so they can scrape and till its umber soil, or roll away, so they can trundle over rocks, up […]
How Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Affect Health Care
March 9th, 2017, 10:42 PM
When Dr. Cecilia Norris, a primary care physician in Iowa City, Iowa, sees a patient who wants an intrauterine device or a contraceptive implant, she takes out a pad and writes down the phone number for Planned Parenthood. Because of limited staff and resources, Norris can’t offer these forms of contraception at the free clinic […]
What The Obamacare Replacement Bill Means Depends On How You Get Your Coverage
March 7th, 2017, 10:42 PM
After much anticipation, we finally have a first draft of the Republican plan to undo the Affordable Care Act. Called the American Health Care Act, the House bill was released on Monday, and included many expected changes approached in unexpected ways. The ACA’s individual mandate, for example, which requires most people to have insurance or […]
Seven Groups That Could Complicate GOP Plans To Repeal Obamacare
March 7th, 2017, 10:42 PM
It wasn’t easy, but Republican leaders in the House finally wrote and then released on Monday a bill to accomplish the party’s long-held goal of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The Trump administration is fully behind the repeal effort. And the Republicans have the votes, assuming everyone falls in line: They need 50 […]
Welcome To Mars! Enjoy Perpetual Jet Lag Under An Eerie Red Sky
March 7th, 2017, 10:42 PM
The sun will come out tomorrow, the saying reassures us. Our rotating planet promises that half the time we are bathed in sunlight, and the other half we are exposed to the great enveloping cosmic dark. This has been the case for all of Earth’s history. Every form of life that evolved on this planet […]
Trump’s New Travel Ban Could Affect Doctors, Especially In The Rust Belt And Appalachia
March 6th, 2017, 10:42 PM
Citizens of six predominantly Muslim countries will be barred from acquiring visas to the United States, as part of a new executive order on immigration signed by President Trump today. Unlike a previous executive order, which is on hold, this 90-day freeze will not apply to current visa holders or citizens of Iraq. However, it […]
What Going To Mars Will Do To Our Minds
March 6th, 2017, 10:42 PM
If all goes as NASA — and Elon Musk — have planned, at some point in the not-too-distant future, a group of astronauts will begin a years-long round trip to Mars. In NASA’s plan, during each six-month (or more) leg of the journey, the members of a small crew will strap themselves into a cramped […]
How Big Is Space? Check Back In A Few Billion Years
March 6th, 2017, 10:42 PM
The questions that kids ask about science aren’t always easy to answer. Sometimes, their little brains can lead to big places that adults forget to explore. With that in mind, we’ve started a series called Science Question From a Toddler, which will use kids’ curiosity as a jumping-off point to investigate the scientific wonders that […]