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NASA Scientists Discover Places that Could Harbor Life in Our Solar System

NASA Scientists Discover Places that Could Harbor Life in Our Solar System
June 30, 2017

The search for extra-terrestrial life may keep astronomers far closer to home than previously thought, as two NASA missions have uncovered some of the most compelling evidence for life within our solar system to date.

The Psychology of a Late-Game Lead Invites a Comeback

The Psychology of Late-Game Lead Invites a Comeback
June 27, 2017

Everybody loves a comeback. One competitor performing their best to overcome a deficit before time runs out is the type of moment that can make any competition exciting.

To anybody who watches a lot of sports, it seems like those comeback kids get a lot of help from their opponents. The person or team in the lead often eases up or hits a stretch where nothing goes right.

Fudging Predictions on the Impacts of Government Spending is Surprisingly Easy

Fudging Predictions on the Impacts of Government Spending is Surprisingly Easy
June 27, 2017

Politics, at its heart, is a number puzzle.

Even beyond the counting of votes, delegates and electors, lawmakers need to know how every new law, budget, executive order and legal ruling will affect citizens and the economy.

Binge Drinking Tells the Brain to Binge Eat

Binge Drinking Tells the Brain to Binge Eat
May 17, 2017

When I first started college, one aspect of campus nightlife completely mystified me. Every Saturday night, a run-down, silver food truck called Uncle Dickie’s set up shop on the edge of the campus frat quad, party central, and at around 12:30 a.m., shambling students would drift towards the truck in search of greasy fries drenched in fake cheese.

Radiation In Space Could Be Harmful to Far-Travelling Astronauts

Radiation in Space Could Be Harmful to Far-Travelling Astronauts
May 12, 2017

Star Trek makes it look so easy. In that universe, one can conquer physics by travelling at faster-than-possible warp speed, beat computing and math by disintegrating someone at one point and building them back up at another, and surpass laws of thermodynamics with phaser beams.

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