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Continental Rift

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:42:00 GMT2017-01-23T12:42:00Z

For Roads & KingdomsEdge of Europe series, writer Joshua Kucera is traveling along the disputed border between Europe and Asia, from Istanbul to the Russian Arctic, to explore the ancient history and current politics of how we divide up the world.

The Galata Bridge and the Bosphorous in Istanbul.


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Dr. Frankenstein’s Three Big Mistakes

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:06:00 GMT2017-01-23T12:06:00Z

In 2015, Elon Musk announced the creation of OpenAI, a nonprofit research company he says is intended “to build safe AI, and ensure that AI’s benefits are as widely and evenly distributed as possible.” As the name suggests, the founding principle of OpenAI is essentially democratic: to make the findings of artificial intelligence researchers available to all.


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It's Alive

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:57:00 GMT2017-01-23T11:57:00Z

The evolving “blooms” in this video are 3-D-printed sculptures made by John Edmark. Technically, they’re “phyllotactic spirals,” in which a tiny geometric pattern repeats, growing in size. Nature uses phyllotactic spirals all the time—think the floret of a daisy, or a pineapple. As Edmark says on his website, “If change is the only constant in nature, it is written in the language of geometry.”

Nature's got a crush on numbers.


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The Group of Presidents That Donald Trump Will Never Join

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:54:00 GMT2017-01-23T10:54:00Z

GETTYSBURG, Pennsylvania—Logan Dennison walks up to Lyndon B. Johnson and pulls the 36th president’s head off.

Wax replicas of Jimmy Carter and Gerald R. Ford were among those auctioned off from the shuttered Hall of Presidents and First Ladies in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 14.


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Trump Sold America a Miracle Cure

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:52:00 GMT2017-01-23T10:52:00Z

“Lock her up!” they had chanted at his rallies. True believers put it on shirts and hats and the coffee mugs that would be filled with liberal tears. “Lock her up!” It wasn’t just a demand. It was a mantra.


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Don’t Broadcast Sean Spicer’s Press Conferences Live

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:11:33 GMT2017-01-23T02:11:33Z

How should journalists cover people who lie routinely and brazenly, and whose plain goal is to delegitimize the traditional press as an institution?

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivers a statement in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on January 21, 2017.


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A Trump Family Pageant

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 23:05:38 GMT2017-01-22T23:05:38Z

Throughout the inauguration hoopla on Friday, the newly installed president was flanked by his family. Trump glowered in his dark suit and peculiarly long red tie, taking the oath, speechifying, signing documents. Beside him all the while, Melania glimmered like a comely aquatic alien in her powder blue Ralph Lauren coat. The children were there too: Ivanka and Tiffany streamlined in suffragette-white, Don Jr. and Eric with identically slicked-back hair, Barron looking older than his 10 years. They seemed to be going for sleek, unperturbed glamour. They were American aristocrats, impeccably groomed and confident.

President Donald Trump is joined by congressional leadership and his family as he formally signs his Cabinet nominations on Friday.


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The Trump Resistance Will Be Led by Angry Women

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:34:34 GMT2017-01-22T22:34:34Z

On Saturday in Washington, Rhonda Barnes, a 54-year-old wellness coach from Virginia, stood with her 32-year-old daughter, Michelle Mugg, in the endless throng on the mall at the Women’s March on Washington. It was the first political demonstration either had ever attended. Barnes said she’d been a little scared to make the trip into the city—the day before, she’d been alarmed by scenes of smoke-filled clashes between anarchists and police on television—“but I said I’m not going to let that stop me. I’m coming.”


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The Triumphantly Big Tent of the Women’s March on Washington

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 20:02:01 GMT2017-01-22T20:02:01Z

More than 500,000 demonstrators came out for Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington, a protest that began with one woman’s Facebook event less than three months ago. In the weeks since the election, the march attracted seasoned organizers and celebrity speakers, and spawned sister marches around the world. It was a grass-roots effort that took on a life of its own, exceeding all turnout projections to become what is surely one of the largest single worldwide events of all time.

Maya, Uzma, and Anum traveled from Baltimore to join the Women’s March on Washington.


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