Todays BIG Story

Philip Roth's journey from 'enemy of the Jews' to great Jewish-American novelist
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Like many, I was shocked to learn of novelist Philip Roth’s death. Just a few months ago he was writing to me, making all sorts of snarky comments on the Dictionary of Literary...

The forgotten history of Memorial Day
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In the years following the bitter Civil War, a former Union general took a holiday originated by former...

Why we hate making financial decisions – and what to do about it
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The advice to use your head, not your heart, might not be helpful after all. We all make tough decisions, but choices relating to money send many of us running in the other direction....

A brief history of American winemaking
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The American love affair with wine dates back to the earlier European settlers in the 16th century,...

What's wrong with secret donor agreements like the ones George Mason University inked with the Kochs
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George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera acknowledged this month that his school gave the Charles Koch Foundation “some influence” over hiring and evaluating faculty...

A new bond between the public and universities could brighten America’s future
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The technology powering the device you are using to read this article was originally developed at a...

Bendable concrete, with a design inspired by seashells, can make US infrastructure safer and more durable
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Spring construction season is underway, and many tons of concrete will be used in the coming months. Unfortunately, concrete is a brittle material: Placed under stress, it cannot...

Would Rachel Carson eat organic?
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Rachel Carson, who was born on May 27, 1907, and launched the modern environmental movement with her...

Self-cloning Asian tick causing worry in New Jersey
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New Jersey has a new visitor, and it’s not welcome. No one is quite sure how the longhorned tick Haemaphysalis longicornis, an invasive bug originally from East Asia arrived...

New migraine drug: A neurologist explains how it works
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The FDA announced approval on May 17 of a novel preventive treatment for migraine headaches. Aimovig...

Personality tests with deep-sounding questions provide shallow answers about the 'true' you
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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...

A sustainable, energy-saving way to make the key ingredient in fertilizers
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Ammonia, with its unmistakable urinous odor, is a critical ingredient in agricultural fertilizers. With...