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A Handwriting Analyst Evaluates Tom Brady’s Thank You Note

Last week, Tom Brady published a handwritten note of appreciation to Patriots fans. It was brief and classy, with a closing line that inspired optimism […]

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The Ethical Conundrum of The Martian, According to a Harvard Bioethicist

Glenn Cohen liked The Martian, which this morning earned itself seven nominations in the Academy Awards, including a slot in the coveted Best Picture category. […]

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What’s to Come for Juvenile Murderers Seeking Parole?

Seven months after the highest court in Massachusetts ruled that it was cruel and unusual to keep murderers convicted as juveniles behind bars for the rest […]

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Why Was Typhoon Haiyan So Destructive?

The Philippines  is a nation that’s no stranger to typhoons—known on the Atlantic as hurricanes—but none have rivaled the damage wreaked by Haiyan this past […]

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What Happens to 14-Year-Old Philip Chism If He’s Found Guilty of Murder?

When the Essex County District Attorney charged 14-year-old Philip Chism as an adult for the murder of Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer, he touched […]

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How Big a Deal Is a Default on the National Debt?

With another potential compromise to avert a default on the nation’s debt seeming unlikely, the world is considering with ever more urgency what Congress’s inability […]

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What the Government Shutdown Means and How It Will End

With the government shutdown now in its third day, Democrats and Republicans still at a stalemate, and a more dangerous confrontation over the debt ceiling […]

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Why A Mass Shooting Is Hard—Even Impossible—to Predict

On Monday, a gunman opened fire inside the Washington Navy Yard, killing 12 people before authorities shot him to death. In the days following the mass […]

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Keeping Up With the Crisis in Syria

Today marks the second day of negotiations in Geneva between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to […]

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Seasonal Hurricane Predictions Can Only Forecast So Much

On August 8—at the cusp of peak hurricane season—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an update to its 2013 hurricane predictions, originally released in […]

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Why Pope Francis’s Press Conference Was Such Big News

Since Monday, a single comment made by Pope Francis in a press conference held aboard the papal airplane on the way back from his first […]

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The Nature of the Attack Gives Few Clues About Those Responsible

In the wake of Monday’s attack near the Boston Marathon finish line, authorities are still searching for answers: Who was behind such senseless tragedy, and […]

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The Supreme Court Is Unlikely to Reinstate Prop. 8

The Supreme Court begins its second day of oral arguments surrounding the question of gay marriage Wednesday as it considers whether to strike down the federal […]

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Nathaniel Fujita Highlights Need for Teen Dating Violence Prevention

Last week’s sentencing of 20-year-old Nathaniel Fujita to life in prison without parole for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Lauren Astley is a grim conclusion […]

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Pope Benedict XVI’s Legacy Will Help Determine His Successor

Image Credit: Andre Ballensiefen via Flickr Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign has arguably become the single most discussed act of his pontificate. Although permitted by Canon […]