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How Scientists are Engineering New Forms of Life
Imagine plants that change color in the presence of explosives or microbes that can secrete the scent of a long-extinct flower. Soon you won't have to.
TIME 07/03/17
Will Bob Mueller Separate Fact From Fiction?
The formidable special counsel has time, money and an all-star legal team on his side. But he’s never taken on an investigation like this before
From New York Magazine
New York Magazine 07/09/17
Just Wait Watergate Didn’t Become Watergate Overnight, Either.
“LET OTHERS WALLOW IN WATERGATE, we are going to do our job,” said Richard Nixon with typical unearned self-righteousness in July 1973. By then, more than a year had passed since a slapstick posse of five had been caught in a bungled burglary at the

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Where Did America’s Summer Jobs Go?

IT’S NOT LIKE THE JOBS AREN’T THERE. The ice cream still needs scooping. A Tilt-a-Whirl doesn’t run itself. And that floppy, weirdly heavy rubber frog that somersaults toward the rotating lily pads? Hit or miss, someone’s got to bring it back to the catapult for the next lucky player. The work of an American summer remains, sticky and sweet as cotton candy, which doesn’t sell itself either. But when Jenkinson’s Boardwalk went looking for seasonal employees last year, the response was not at all what the company expected. To fill some 1,200 summer vacancies, an Easter-time job fair drew just 4
ESPN The Magazine
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The Concussion Gap

Every four years or so, some of the world’s most prominent scientists gather to synthesize and summarize the latest in brain-injury research. Since first meeting in 2001, the assemblage, called the Concussion in Sport Group, has grown in size and influence. Doctors, athletic trainers and media types around the world take their cues from the recommendations it publishes and from the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT) it has developed. When members gathered in Berlin last October, Jiri Dvorak, then FIFA’s chief medical officer, said they worked on behalf of some 1 billion professional and a
The Guardian
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Personal Growth

Messy, Always Late And Swear Like A Sailor? It Just Means You’re Super Smart | Arwa Mahdawi

I’m very intelligent. I’m also extremely creative and have a vocabulary that could be described as voluminous, venerable or very large. But don’t just take my word for it: science says so. You see, my desk is always messy, I swear like a sailor and I tend to sleep late in the morning – normally because I’ve stayed up into the early hours, watching trash on TV. And while all these things may seem like bad habits, you don’t need to look that hard to find evidence that they’re the opposite. A deep-seated need to feel good about our bad behaviour has given rise to a thriving genre of pop scien