The Pressing Need for Everyone to Quiet Their Egos

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We live in some times. On the one hand, things are better than they’ve ever been. Overall rates of violence, poverty, and disease are down. There have been substantial increases in education, longevity, leisure time, and safety. On the other hand… We are more divided than ever as a species. Tribalism and identity politics are
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The Lowdown on LAZE: Kilauea’s Most Recent Hazard

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Kilauea’s most recent lava flows reached the sea over the weekend, and they’ve been beach bumming ever since. Few things are as dramatic as molten rock contending with seawater. We’ll be talking about all the neato things that are happening and that we may see if the eruption continues. We’re starting with LAZE, which in
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Of Yellowhammer and Corn Bunting

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I’ve surely lamented on a few occasions now the sorry lack of passerine-themed articles here at Tet Zoo. For a group that constitutes over 60% of extant bird diversity, it surely doesn’t feel that they’ve received due coverage here. Anyway, here’s a short article on a group of passerines I haven’t covered before. And see
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Are the Benefits of Fish Oil Overrated?

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Fish oil supplements are the third most popular nutritional supplement. But just how firm is the evidence to support their use? Credit: Getty Images Advertisement The idea that fish oil and omega-3s are good for your heart has been nutrition orthodoxy for decades. A few dissonant voices have argued that this particular emperor has no clothes. But they have largely
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Personality Tests with Deep-Sounding Questions Provide Shallow Answers about the “True” You

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The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Have you ever clicked on a link like “What does your favorite animal say about you?” wondering what your love of hedgehogs reveals about your psyche? Or filled out a personality assessment to gain new understanding into whether
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Colorado Charts a New Path Away from Floodwaters

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The view from Stoney River Lodge, just off U.S. 34 between Loveland and Estes Park, Colo., is what owner Linda Napier calls a slice of heaven carved from ancient rock. The steep ledge of Palisade Mountain rises just across the highway, while the sound of water crashing over boulders in Big Thompson River often fills
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The Media Was Blocked From Attending an EPA Summit on Toxic Chemicals Two Days in a Row

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This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a summit on a group of toxic chemicals, called polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), which are currently at high levels in the drinking water of 33 states.   It was a rich opportunity to educate the public on an important health crisis, and yet, journalists were banned from
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This Is How Much The World Could Save if We Halted Global Warming at 1.5 Degrees

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The Paris climate accord’s goal is to keep global temperatures “well under” 2 degrees Celsius, and 1.5 degrees Celsius if possible. Now, a new study reveals that if we can achieve that lower target, it could save the world tens of trillions of dollars over the next 80 years.   These savings take into account
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