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Foreign intervention has made Syria's civil war endless and more brutal
Most civil wars end when one side loses. Either it is defeated militarily, or it exhausts its weapons or loses popular support and has to give up. About a quarter of civil wars end in a peace deal, often because both sides are exhausted. That might have hap...
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Science is about feeling stupid
I recently saw an old friend for the first time in many years. We had been Ph.D. students at the same time, both studying science, although in different areas. She later dropped out of graduate school, went to Harvard Law School and is now a senior lawyer f...
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Trump's Android tweets are angrier than his iPhone tweets
But this weekend I saw a hypothesis about Donald Trump’s twitter account that simply begged to be investigated with data: Every non-hyperbolic tweet is from iPhone (his staff). Every hyperbolic tweet is from Android (from him). pic.twitter.com/GWr6D8h5ed — ...
But this weekend I saw a hypothesis about Donald Trump’s twitter account that simply begged to be investigated with data: Every non-hyperbolic tweet is from iPhone (his staff). Every hyperbolic tweet is from Android (from h...
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Stochastic terrorism
What Trump said was that a particular group – those who are defined by rallying around guns – should do something about Clinton and her judicial nominees. What can people who rally around guns do that's different than others? Use those guns. But it's really...
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Tyrannosaur penises
And, speaking of awkward, how do 15,000-pound serial killers have sex? Mr. Hone notes that birds, now recognized as the only dinosaurs to have survived the great extinction 66 million years ago, commonly mate “with little more action” than pushing their clo...
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Trump often retweets white supremacists
Two weeks ago [in January 2016] the leading Republican candidate for US President was widely criticized for retweeting a white supremacist Twitter user with the name “@WhiteGenocideTM,” whose linked website sung Hitler’s praises. It turns out that’s not an ...
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The to-do list lifehack worth $400,000
[Charles M.] Schwab (oddly enough, no relation to Charles R. Schwab, founder of the Charles Schwab Corporation) was the president of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, the largest shipbuilder and the second-largest steel producer in the U.S. at the time. ... ...
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Why does swimming time only to one-hundredth of a second?
Tonight three legends of swimming—Michael Phelps, Chad Le Clos, and László Cseh—turned in identical times to share silver in the 100m butterfly. Last night,  Simone Manuel tied for gold with Canadian Penny Oleksiak in the 100m freestyle . Modern timing syst...
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The first North Americans didn't cross the Bering Land Bridge
According to the traditional story, the first people to settle North America arrived around 13,000 years ago near present-day Clovis, New Mexico, having crossed the Bering Land Bridge from Asia and traversed a recently opened, 1,000-mile-long corridor betwe...
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A new old way to get rid of bad habits
Every January for the past decade, Jessica Irish of Saline, Mich., has made the same New Year’s Resolution: to “cut out late night snacking and lose 30 pounds.” Like millions of Americans, Ms. Irish, 31, usually makes it about two weeks. But this year is di...
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Median times from submission to acceptance at finance journals
The traditional time metric that nearly all journals report is the mean/median time of a single round review. ... Since the large majority of articles are rejected, the mean single round turnaround time can be thought of (metaphorically anyway) as the mean/...
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To prevent cramps, eat spicy
A shot of spicy liquid—think wasabi or hot chilies—may be a far more effective treatment [for cramps] than an energy drink or a banana. All it took was a Nobel Prize winner experiencing some untimely cramps while sea kayaking a decade ago for people to begi...
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