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Climate Change Is Making It Harder for Campers to Beat the Heat

Burn bans, flashlight campfires, extreme heat and stronger rainstorms: Today’s campers are experiencing their summer fun against the backdrop of climate change.

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A Global Smart-City Competition Highlights China’s Rise in AI

Chinese entrants swept all five categories, featuring technologies to improve civic life. But the advances could also be tools for surveillance.

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Lies and Honest Mistakes

Our crisis of public knowledge is an ethical crisis. Rewarding ‘truthfulness’ above ‘truth’ is a step towards a solution.

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Britney Spears and Sinéad O’Connor: A Tale of Two Haircuts

It was impossible not to think of O’Connor’s “Shaving My Head” chapter when news broke about another singer whose struggles with mental health have been excruciatingly public.

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Why Roads in the Pacific Northwest Buckled Under Extreme Heat

Even concrete needs a little space sometimes.

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The Pandemic Did Not Affect Mental Health the Way You Think

The world’s psychological immune system turned out to be more robust than expected.

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The Invisible Addiction: Is It Time to Give up Caffeine?

Caffeine makes us more energetic, efficient and faster. But we have become so dependent that we need it just to get to our baseline.

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Writing Can Help Us Heal from Trauma

Research suggests that trauma damages brain tissue, but that when people translate their emotional experience into words, they may be changing the way it is organized in the brain.

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What Makes a Cult a Cult?

The line between delusion and what the rest of us believe may be blurrier than we think.

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“You Can’t Actually Blow Up the White House”: An Oral History of ‘Independence Day’

As the beloved film turns 25, director Roland Emmerich, writer Dean Devlin and stars Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Vivica A. Fox, Randy Quaid and more look back at the battle to cast Will Smith, concerns over that famous Super Bowl ad, and a last-minute reshoot to save the ending.

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