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‘All things are possible,’ Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters said of the message contained in the band’s eighth album, ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’ David Redfern/Redferns via Getty Images

How Stoicism influenced music from the French Renaissance to Pink Floyd

Stoicism can easily be misread as pessimistic because of its relentless focus on mortality and fragility. But its core message – contained in songs spanning generations – is profoundly empowering.
Private companies have launched dozens of imaging satellites – like the two small boxes in the middle of the photo – into orbit in recent years. NASA/Steve Jurvetson

War in Ukraine highlights the growing strategic importance of private satellite companies – especially in times of conflict

Private satellite companies have boomed in recent years, and many experts have wondered what role they would play in a conflict. They have proved to be invaluable to Ukraine in recent months.
Dogs use their tails to communicate. Eastimages/Moment via Getty Images

Why do animals have tails?

An anthropologist explains some of the many ways animals use their tails, from balancing as they walk to attracting a mate.
Technology operating today can capture carbon dioxide from the air, but it’s expensive. C Gebald and J Wurzbacher Copyright Climeworks

Biden signs sweeping climate, tax and health care bill: Its projected emissions cuts rely heavily on carbon capture, meaning thousands of miles of pipeline

One estimate suggests at least a sixth of all emissions cuts expected from the Inflation Reduction Act would come from carbon capture.
U.S. banana growers heavily influenced several Central American governments in the early 20th century. George Rinhart/Getty Images

What’s a banana republic? A political scientist explains

The US grows hardly any tropical fruit. So why are politicians and political commentators saying the country is at risk of devolving into a banana republic?
Participants in ‘violence prevention’ programs seek to deescalate conflicts before they turn deadly. Andre Chung for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Reducing gun violence: A complicated problem can’t be solved with just one approach, so Indianapolis is trying programs ranging from job skills to therapy to violence interrupters to find out what works

A burst of federal funding is letting Indianapolis expand existing efforts and try promising new approaches that other cities have developed.

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