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There is no holiday more American than Thanksgiving – and perhaps none with origins so shrouded in comforting myths. The story is simple enough. In 1620 a group of English Protestant dissenters known...

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Archaeological discoveries in China rarely get noticed. Recently, though, mitochondrial DNA tests conducted on human remains from Xinjiang, China’s westernmost province, got the attention of international...

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Humans are hardwired to interact with others, especially during times of stress. On the other hand, when we go through a trying ordeal alone, a lack of emotional support and comradeship can increase our...

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Whether you support Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, fear might be the biggest factor driving you to the polls. Over the weekend, pollster Peter Hart told NBC News that this has been “an election...

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Over the past several years, Hillary Clinton has transformed her signature pantsuit – a loose fitting jacket that runs to the mid-thigh paired with lightly tapered pants – into a rallying cry for...

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A central theme of HBO’s new sci-fi series “Westworld” is the question of what it means to be human. The setting is an immersive adult theme park that’s been fashioned after the American Old...

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In recent weeks, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that this year’s election is rigged and has predicted rampant voter fraud. While it’s unprecedented to call...

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After years of sales growth, major publishers reported a fall in their e-book sales for the first time this year, introducing new doubts about the potential of e-books in the publishing industry. A Penguin...

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Fear continues to saturate our lives: fear of nuclear destruction, fear of climate change, fear of the subversive, and fear of foreigners. But a recent Rolling Stone article about our “age of fear”...

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W.P. Kinsella is probably best known for his 1982 novel “Shoeless Joe,” the inspiration for the film “Field of Dreams.” But the following year, Kinsella wrote a lesser-known short story titled...