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Why Police Don't Need Warrants to Snoop With Drones


Imagine that you lived in a house with a relatively private backyard: fences on all three sides, trees around the perimeter, and no easy way for the neighbors to peek in.

Looking Squarely at What War in Syria Would Mean


Attacking Adolph Hitler's Germany benefited moral monster Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union. That inescapable fact of World War II doesn't mean it wasn't worth fighting Nazis.

The Volunteers of FindaGrave.com


Last weekend I biked to a cemetery near my apartment with a camera and a name. I was looking for the grave of Rose Victor, a woman I’ve never met and know nothing about—except that she was buried in Mount Judah Cemetery in Queens (Section 2, Block 6, Gate 24, Path L07, Grave 62) on August 30, 1921.

The Dark Side of Almond Use


This week another large study added to the body of known cardiovascular benefits of eating almonds. Every ounce eaten daily seemed to be associated with a 3.5 percent decreased risk of heart disease ten years later. Almonds are already known to help with weight-loss and satiety, help prevent diabetes, and potentially ameliorate arthritis, inhibit cancer cell growth, and decrease Alzheimer's risk.

How Middle East Studies Professors Handle Bias in the Classroom


Dov Waxman, a professor of political science and the co-director of Northeastern University’s Middle East Center, remembers his first teaching job in Ankara, Turkey, at the beginning of the Second Intifada.

Old Newspapers, New Value


One Thursday morning, I found a post in the “free” section of Craigslist for a sizable collection of historic New Orleans newspapers.

Watch: Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules for (Criminal) Success and Happiness


Elmore Leonard, who died almost exactly one year ago, was probably the most cinematic novelist in the English language, known for his unerringly spare prose and ear-pleasing dialogue.

If Not D.A.R.E., Then What?


I grew up in the 1990s, the era of mandatory D.A.R.E. and Just Say No. Local law enforcement stepped inside the classroom to instruct us kids, their message clear: "All drugs are bad." My dad, Dr.

The Quirks of Smallness


Herb Hyman, the owner of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, a chain of coffee shops local to Los Angeles, was worried about the future of his business.

The End of Amateurism Is Not the End of Competitive College Sports


The Boise State University football team is doomed. No more Statue of Liberty trick plays. No more postgame player-cheerleader marriage proposals.

The Many Ways to Map the Islamic 'State'


ISIS territory in Iraq and Syria tends to be described as "swaths." The estimated size of these swaths, which ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in June, varies widely in reports, from 12,000 square miles—"an area the size of Belgium," per The Wall Street Journal—to 35,000 square miles, or “an area the size of Jordan,” as George Packer wrote this week in The New Yorker.

Seeing the Great Depression


For a singular image of the Great Depression and the roughness of those years, it's hard to do much better than Dorothea Lange's 1936 photograph of Florence Owens Thompson, two of her children tucking their faces over her shoulders, a baby in her lap.

Will Republicans Shut Down the Government Again?


The last government shutdown, almost a year ago, was no fun for anyone. Republicans in the House and Senate demanded that legislation to fund the government simultaneously defund Obamacare; Democrats refused to go along.

A Hotline for End-of-Life Care


Imagine you're at home. Maybe that's in Florida, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, wherever. You have cancer. You just had another round of chemo, and the phone rings.

Can This Cartoon Muslim Princess Soothe China's Ethnic Tensions?


Princess Fragrant is the eponymous star of a 104-episode animation series from China in which the Uighur princess, alongside her brother and their Han and Kazakh friends, embark on a quest to save her captured father.

The Extreme Partisanship of John Roberts's Supreme Court


“Politics are closely divided,” John Roberts told scholar Jeffrey Rosen after his first term as chief justice.

Changing Memories to Treat PTSD


Before he lost the ability to sleep through the night; before the panic attacks started; before he drove his truck over an improvised explosive device, leaving him with traumatic brain injury; before a second roadside bomb did the same thing a few weeks later—before all of that, on the U.S.

The Star Wars George Lucas Doesn't Want You To See


In 1978, Star Wars won seven Academy Awards. But if you want to watch that original version, the first of George Lucas’s soon to be seven-part saga, you’ll find it difficult.

'Going to Switzerland' Is a Euphemism for Assisted Suicide


In the United States, “aid-in-dying” as some advocates call it, is legal in New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Montana.


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