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NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star


NASA Press Release: NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star.

The Only Thing, Historically, That's Curbed Inequality: Catastrophe


Walter Scheidel in The Atlantic: Calls to make America great again hark back to a time when income inequality receded even as the economy boomed and the middle class expanded.

Homeopathic remedies harmed hundreds of babies, families say, as FDA investigated for years


Sheila Kaplan in Stat: A mother gives her toddler three homeopathic pills to relieve her teething pain.

False Idols of the Enlightenment: Q&A with Pankaj Mishra


Ratik Asokan in The Baffler: Ratik Asokan: Age of Anger feels like a continuation of a project that began with your first book, Butter Chicken in Ludhiana, and which you’ve approached from various angles—memoir, fiction, reportage, now intellectual history—since then.

What roles do nouns play in sentences? A look at Case Theory

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The Black Intellectuals’ Common Fate and Uncommon Problems


Sanford Pinsker in VQR: Enter the new generation of black intellectuals—everyone from Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Stephen Carter, and Cornel West to Shelby Steele, Orlando Patterson and Stanley Crouch.

CONTEMPLATING HUMAN EXTINCTION, DEEP IN THE BADLANDS


Edward McPherson at Literary Hub: ‘‘Ready to go back in time?’’ the guy sitting beside me says, rather dramatically.

WILL KEITH ELLISON MOVE THE DEMOCRATS LEFT?


Vinson Cunningham at The New Yorker: Ellison is co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the putative left-wing answer to the brinksmen of the Freedom Caucus on the right, and he was an early and fervent supporter of Sanders’s Presidential campaign.

How Pieter's sons kept Brand Bruegel going


Michael Prodger at The New Statesman: One of the many complications that make the Bruegels the most confusing clan in art is the letter H.

Wednesday Poem

"Nobody asked (the candidate) what makes America great? What are the metrics?” —Jon Stewart __________________________________________ Photograph, Maryland Agricultural College Livestock Show, 1924 Blond, wholesome, serene, thier white shirtsleeves rolled, these boys in white ducks keep sleek black hogs at their feet, hogs cleaner than licorice sticks in the sun.

Ten Restaurants that Changed America


Paul Freedman in DelanceyPlace: In the mid-1800s, unaccompanied women in America were generally not allowed to dine at restaurants: "Midday dining presented a challenge for women too busy or too far from home to return there for lunch.

The white man who pretended to be black


Tim Stanley in The Telegraph: Can a white person ever really understand how a black person sees the world?

He’s My Death, Too: Emmett Till and America


Shehryar Fazli in the Los Angeles Review of Books: Timothy B. Tyson has written a concise and urgent book about Emmett Till’s 1955 murder in a small Mississippi town, a crime that ignited civil rights defenders into a long, hard struggle against the Jim Crow regime in the South, and inspired an outraged Rosa Parks to defy segregation laws on a Montgomery city bus.

Quantum Fields: The Real Building Blocks of the Universe, with David Tong

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Weird Life Found Trapped in Giant Underground Crystals


Victoria Jaggard in National Geographic: Creatures that thrive on iron, sulfur, and other chemicals have been found trapped inside giant crystals deep in a Mexican cave.

The Cognitive Bias President Trump Understands Better Than You


Emily Dreyfuss in Wired: In the past, the president has also promised to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.

Poem

OLD FLAME So, I took off her blouse as she raised her arms A trumpeter blared outside my window She ran her fingers through my hair I unclasped her bra Trumpeter boomed a tune I’d heard before “My husband will be angry if I stay” Tip of my tongue touched her nipple She unzipped my fly “I should go b

The Wedding Singer: Union Man


by Christopher Bacas I left a Texas college somewhere between my Sophomore and Junior years. My body and saxophone continued to attend for another year and half.

Long Live The King


by Max Sirak Happy Presidents Day, ‘Murica!!! Ah, nothing like a made-up holiday to honor the CEO of our oligarchy.  Mmmm…drink it in.

Monday Poem


Things We Learn Things come to us out of nowhere they come Surfers riding waves we learn the nuances of gravity its center-of, its bonding property, its Gs, its fatal promise, we learn how to stand erect and, for the most part, stay that way learn how to take a fall how to shuck and jive through sti


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