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Known Unknowns
Antarctica Isn’t Melting as Fast as We Thought

A new study says Antarctic ice melting projections were off by as much as an order of magnitude.

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NASA Launches Carbon-Monitoring Satellite

A new NASA satellite will take a closer look at our planet’s carbon emissions. This will deepen our understanding, but it also reminds us how little we know about earth’s climate.

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Millennials, the ACA, and the Vortex of Ignorance

Two recent polls paint widely varying pictures about whether Gen Yers are likely to sign up for insurance, showing the dangers of expressing confidence about expected public action based on surveys, especially in a system as complex as US health care.

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Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.


Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

Horn of Africa

…and that may not be such a bad thing.

The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.


Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

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