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The Cannon Street All-Stars watch from the stands at the 1955 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 1955 Cannon Street All-Stars/Facebook

How bigotry crushed the dreams of an all-black Little League team

Charleston's Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars thought they'd have a chance to compete for a spot in the coveted Little League World Series. But South Carolina's Little League director had other ideas.
In 2015, gas prices fell below $2 per gallon in Moscow Mills, Missouri. The trend of low gas prices across the United States delay a signature Obama proposal to reduce emissions from cars and trucks. Whitney Curtis/Reuters

Cheap gas could delay America’s efficiency targets for cars and trucks

Faced with stringent fuel economy standards but cheap gas, automakers may seek to delay CAFE rules. What's the best way to reevaluate these emissions-cutting rules?
Joe Louis and Neil Scott help Isaac Woodard up a set a stairs soon after a beating left him blind. Ossie Leviness/New York Daily News

The police beating that opened America’s eyes to Jim Crow’s brutality

Seventy years ago, a horrific beating left a black World War II vet blind. His determined fight for justice would earn the support of Orson Welles, Woody Guthrie – and even the president.
Eye in the sky: the ‘spidercam’ is just one of the technological innovations bringing ever more information to football fans. J. Glover/Wikimedia Commons

Super Bowl 50’s data deluge: How much is too much?

Is there now so much information being shown on football broadcast screens that it's time for another announcerless game?
Refugees arrive in Germany. Michael Dalder/Reuters

Do refugees have a ‘right’ to hospitality?

Today's refugee crisis is not just about the movement of people. It is also about the human immobility that is baked into contemporary laws and politics. What, then, of the code of hospitality?
Representative Paul Ryan arrives to talk to the media after being nominated for speaker of the House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington October 28 2015. Yuri Gripas/Reuters

What should we make of Paul Ryan’s fondness for Ayn Rand?

Saying that Ayn Rand had some useful economic and political ideas does not, however, compel Ryan to adopt her entire philosophy lock, stock and barrel.
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The universe’s most miraculous molecule

It’s the second most abundant substance in the universe. It dissolves more materials than any other solvent. It stores incredible amounts of energy. Life as we know it would not be possible without it…
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Oliver Sacks, the brain and God

Oliver Sacks, the celebrated neurologic storyteller who died at the end of August at age 82, once described himself as “strongly atheist by disposition.” Sacks could write sensitively about religion, including…
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‘The greatest man in the world’: on the 50th anniversary of Albert Schweitzer’s death

In 1947, Time magazine dubbed him “the greatest man in the world.” He was one of the world’s most famous organists, whose scholarly studies of Bach remain definitive today. As a theologian, he produced…
The tallest mountain in the US is again called Denali. Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS

In Alaska, it’s always been Denali

For millennia, the Koyukon Athabascan have called the 20,000-foot mountain "the tall one."
Bronze statue of Jefferson in the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC. Image ID: 138476909 Copyright: DonLand. DonLand/SHUTTERSTOCK

Sins of the Founding Fathers: The perils of judging past heroes by today’s standards

Democratic parties in four states have recently removed the names of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from their annual fundraising dinners, a move now under consideration in at least five other states…
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America’s most lethal animal

Animal attacks have been in the news a lot. Late last year, a 22-year-old student in New Jersey was killed by a black bear he had been photographing. This summer, swimmers off the coast of North Carolina…
Greek"No" supporters celebrate referendum results. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

What now for Greece and the euro?

The media predictions are dire, but the reality of the Greek monetary crisis may be less sensational.

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