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DON'T GIVE IT THE COLD SHOULDER

In the vast and chaotic climate systems that govern our atmosphere and oceans, making sense of how one change — diminished sea ice — affects places or people thousands of miles away is a task of such extraordinary complexity that it strains even the most sophisticated supercomputers.
'GIVE ME LIBERTY OR PULL MY FINGER'

Last night was a night of historic firsts as Hillary Clinton took to the stage to accept the Democratic nomination, but that didn't mean the grumpy Bernie bros were willing to take this sitting down. No, instead they scarfed down fistfuls of beans in order to gas up the DNC arena. Yes, really.
BETTER THAN CHAMBERPOTS!

A trivial but iconic architectural element of Europe are the chimneypots that adorn the rooftops of houses and buildings. As these photos testify, it is impossible to look over the rooftops of the sprawling French capital without being accosted by chimneypots.
AT THE DEATH

The world was shocked when, following her murder in a mugging gone awry, her autopsy revealed that Stella Walsh had ambiguous genitalia. For the woman once regarded as the world's greatest female athlete, questions arose as to the legitimacy of her titles, and her integrity after a lifetime of living and competing as a woman.
TRESS TEST

Even modern, scientifically literate people, who certainly know better, somehow think that hair cuttings provide a link to the spirit of the person from whom the hair was taken.
'A CHANCE TO MOVE FORWARD'

When the public gets its first glimpse Friday of the school built to replace the one where 20 first-graders and six educators were massacred, they'll see a building designed to be attractive, environmentally friendly, conducive to learning, and above all, safe.
SOME LIKE IT LOUD

Noise can cause us distress and pain, but it can also help us think, perceive, remember, and be more creative. It turns out that it’s even necessary for our physiological and mental functioning. If it’s a drug, then it’s a performance drug. And New York is full of addicts.
A CORPSE FLOWER BLOOMS IN THE BRONX

Corpse flowers are big, beautiful smelly creations that only bloom once every decade or so. Over the next 24-36 hours, the flower will slowly open, emitting a foul odor that, as its namesake suggests, smells like rotting bodies.
YOUR ONLY CHANCE AT CATCHING 'EM ALL

Dronpes and Moots7 are both tall, stubbly white guys in their late 20s — the right age to have fond memories of the first generation Pokémon games. Six months ago they embarked on creating The Silph Road, a project that has become the "Pokémon Go" player’s bible.
MAYBE IF UBER WERE FREE...

Uber has tried to position itself as everyone’s favorite designated driver — like a superhero that fights drunk driving. But it looks like the ridesharing service and its competitors are not actually having much of an effect.
THE DANGERS OF THE 'WILL OF THE PEOPLE'

It’s time to get past meaningless terms like “the will of the people.” With a less sentimental, more precise view of why democracy is so important, we can become better democratic citizens.
I'M NOT OK

Like disco before it, emo music and its fans spend much of their time in the spotlight being mocked and ridiculed. But much of the impetus behind emo hate mirrors the stigma associated with mental illness — a distinct and serious problem among teenagers.
THE PEOPLE'S HERO

We all wear a mask — even record-breaking, chart-topping queens of the music business. But Mariah Carey wears it better than anyone.
PLANNING FOR GOLD

From swimming and archery to cycling and wheelchair basketball, athletes explain in their own words what it's like to represent their country at the 2016 Rio Olympics.