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Nobody can observe events in the future so to study climate change, scientists build detailed models and use powerful supercomputers to simulate conditions, such as the global water vapor levels seen here, and to understand how rising greenhouse gas levels will change Earth’s systems. NCAR/UCAR

Yes, we can do ‘sound’ climate science even though it’s projecting the future

People worry Washington is losing respect for science and even the centuries-old scientific method. Two climate scientists explain how science can be done when talking about the future.
Gurneys to remove bodies from the Heaven’s Gate cult house in San Diego, California, March 27, 1997. AP Photo

What the Heaven’s Gate suicides say about American culture

Twenty years ago, the paranoia that consumed cults like Heaven's Gate existed on the margins of American society. Now it's moved toward the center of the nation's political life.
The divide is in the data. American Community Survey (ACS) 2011-2015 5 year estimates, Table S1810

Six charts that illustrate the divide between rural and urban America

More and more people are talking about the 'rural-urban divide,' but what does that phrase actually mean? We asked experts from around the country to illustrate the gap in graphs and maps.
Will voters of the future swing left or right? Cropped from joebeone/flickr

The Democratic Party is facing a demographic crisis

As America becomes more diverse, many think it will also become more progressive. But one analysis of demographic trends points to gains for Republicans.

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