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Can You Cure Autism?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:30:00 GMT2017-09-22T13:30:00Z

This story originally appeared on Spectrum and has been republished here with permission.


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How to Write a Novel Set More Than 125 Years in the Future

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:00:00 GMT2017-09-22T13:00:00Z

I’m a firm believer in the idea that science fiction is about the present, not the future. And yet when I started to write my first novel, Autonomous, I spent a lot of time agonizing over how to construct a plausible 22nd century for my characters to inhabit. I was never under any illusion that I was engaging in prophesy, but I wanted readers to feel like this was a future that could realistically emerge from current technologies and social problems.


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Bollywood Star Ali Fazal

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:45:00 GMT2017-09-22T11:45:00Z

It’s pledge season on Slate podcasts! Show your support for Represent—and get ad-free podcasts, bonus content, and even more great perks—by signing up for Slate Plus at Slate.com/representplus.

Ali Fazal


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The New Lost Generation

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:15:00 GMT2017-09-22T11:15:00Z

Listen to Episode No. 167 of Live at Politics and Prose:


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Slate News Quiz

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:52:00 GMT2017-09-22T09:52:00Z

Welcome to Slate’s weekly news quiz. It’s Friday, which means it’s time to test your knowledge of the week’s news events. Your host, Ray Hamel, has concocted questions on news topics ranging from politics to business, from culture to sports to science.


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The Tricky Path to Employment Is Trickier When You’re Autistic

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:50:00 GMT2017-09-22T09:50:00Z

Leigh epitomizes the underemployed. The 39-year-old has a master’s degree in library science from a top-ranked school, years of experience working the circulation desk in a Boston library, and an IQ of 145. He is reliable and considerate, and he works hard.


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Corrections

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:03:00 GMT2017-09-22T08:03:00Z

In a Sept. 21 Brow Beat, Nate Jones misspelled DirecTV.




No Truth, No Consequences

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:40:00 GMT2017-09-21T23:40:00Z

On Wednesday, in a discussion of the latest Republican health care bill, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley told the truth. “You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn’t be considered,” he said on a conference call with reporters. “But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.” More blunt was Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts who, earlier in the week, told a Vox reporter that “If we do nothing [on health care], I think it has a tremendous impact on the 2018 elections. And whether or not Republicans still maintain control and we have the gavel.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley arrives for a vote at the Capitol earlier this month.


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Dylan Moran Will Say It to Your Face

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:17:50 GMT2017-09-21T23:17:50Z

Listen to Episode 833 of Slate’s The Gist:

Dylan Moran


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We Need a Better Way to Measure Hurricanes

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 23:08:53 GMT2017-09-21T23:08:53Z

When Hurricane Harvey churned into Texas last month, it made landfall as a Category 4 storm, meaning its sustained wind speed was between 130 and 156 miles per hour. The categorization is determined via the well-known Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, developed in 1971. Category 4 implies “catastrophic damage will occur” as winds severely damage houses, power poles snap, and trees uproot.

Hurricane Maria is shown in the Atlantic Ocean about 85 miles east of Martinique in this NASA satellite photo from Sunday.


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