Sex, Drugs and Self-Control

Cole Skinner was hanging from a wall above an abandoned quarry when he heard a car pull up. He and his friends bolted, racing along a narrow path on the quarry’s edge and hopping over a barbed-wire fence to exit the grounds. The chase is part of the fun for Skinner and his friend Alex McCallum-Toppin, both 15 and pupils at a school in Faringdon, More...

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By SLPundit On Friday, August 17th, 2018
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NYU Medical School Students Will Get Free Tuition

Three years ago, at my class’s white coat ceremony during the first week of medical school, the photographer told us to smile and yell “Tuition-free!” rather than “Cheese!” More...

By SLPundit On Friday, August 17th, 2018
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Climate Benefits of Trendy E-Scooters Remain Unclear

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a Bird—the electric scooter brand, that is. As people grow tired of congested commutes, many are opting to zip around cities on dockless electric scooters. More...

By SLPundit On Friday, August 17th, 2018
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Forget the Moon

One of the greatest moments of my youth was witnessing the historic 1997 landing of Mars Pathfinder on to the surface of the Red Planet. Unquestionably the “Apollo moment” of my time, akin to the More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, August 16th, 2018
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Life at the Improv: The Power of Imagination

Stephen Asma, professor of philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, talks about his two latest books, The Evolution of Imagination and Why We Need Religion. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific American Content: More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, August 16th, 2018
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For Some Crows, Migration is Optional

Crows are what’s known as ‘partial migrants’—as cold weather approaches some crows fly south, while others stay put. And that behavior appears to be ingrained. Christopher Intagliata reports.  Let’s More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, August 16th, 2018
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This Scientist Chases Wildfires to Better Predict Fire Behavior

On the heels of one of the most destructive wildfire seasons in California’s history, the state is once again beset by massive blazes that have burned down homes in some communities and threatened others. More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, August 16th, 2018
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A Necessary Evil

On November 17, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon infamously declared on television “I am not a crook” when questioned about his role in what would later be called the Watergate scandal. Diligent work More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, August 16th, 2018
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Collaborate on complex problems, but only intermittently

More than a decade after the introduction of the first smartphone, we are awash in always-on technologies — email, instant messaging, social media, Slack, Yammer, and so on. All that connectivity means we More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
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Industry Trumps Peer-Reviewed Science at EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making major changes to the way in which it evaluates chemicals for environmental and public-health effects. The latest push includes changes to chemical-safety guidelines More...