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Delhi’s deadly riots, explained by an expert Delhi’s deadly riots, explained by an expert

“The US president has arrived in India.” “A lavish spectacle.” “…whole world watching the US president’s visit to India.” A lot of the news coming out of India has revolved around Trump’s visit. But I know that there’s a lot more going on in India at the moment. Can you tell us what’s happening in…

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Why new diseases keep appearing in China Why new diseases keep appearing in China

It was New Years Eve, 2019 when health officials in China admitted they had a problem. Health authorities have activated their most serious response level. After an outbreak of a new type of viral pneumonia in central China. A rapidly growing number of people were developing a dry cough and fever, before getting pneumonia. And…

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Admit it. Republicans have broken politics. Admit it. Republicans have broken politics.

This might be the most important chart for understanding American politics. It shows the ideology of both parties in Congress over the past few decades. Researchers looked at every politician’s voting record and then gave them a score based on how extreme or moderate they were. And if you look at the past 40 years,…

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Why Ukraine is trapped in endless conflict Why Ukraine is trapped in endless conflict

This is eastern Ukraine. Conflict broke out here in 2014 and it hasn’t ended. There about 100,000 fighters stationed here, which makes it one of the most heavily militarized areas on Earth. There are Ukrainian forces to the west and Russia-backed separatist militias to the east. Fighting between the two groups occurs here along the…

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A New Theory Reveals Why Tabby’s Star Looks So Bizarre A New Theory Reveals Why Tabby’s Star Looks So Bizarre

There’s an unsolved mystery out there in space. One of many, to be sure, but this is one that some people really want to blame on aliens because we haven’t had a stronger explanation. I’m talking about Boyajian’s star, or KIC 8462852 and some new observations that may have just given us the information we…

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This photo triggered China’s Cultural Revolution This photo triggered China’s Cultural Revolution

In 1966, Mao Zedong had a problem. The Chinese leader who had led a peasant army to victory in the Chinese Civil War, and established the communist People’s Republic of China in 1949, was getting old. Worse, his radical policies had devastated the country, and triggered the deadliest famine known to human history. By the…

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What We Know About Gender Identity According to Science What We Know About Gender Identity According to Science

How would you describe yourself in a few words? I’m a cis-man and I like fun shirts. Our gender plays a big role in how we define ourselves and others, but it’s not something science fully understands. And, funnily enough, we don’t really know why I like fun shirts, either, but no one questions that…

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The Race to Mine the Moon Is Taking Off, Here’s What’s Coming The Race to Mine the Moon Is Taking Off, Here’s What’s Coming

We’re going into a totally different phase of space. The first time it was about two superpowers trying to prove their technological prowess and they set the moon as their objective and then we realized. There’s a lot in space that we can actually utilize. The oxygen that you need, the propellant, the bricks to build…

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Could This Be NASA’s Last Launch With Russia? | Countdown To Launch Could This Be NASA’s Last Launch With Russia? | Countdown To Launch

recently this happened capture confront SpaceX launched its crew dragon marking the first time that a commercially built crew capsule launched from American soil this is exciting all on its own but this upcoming Soyuz launch could also mark the end of an era and what could be the last time Americans are sent to…

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The 2018 State of the Union in 4 minutes The 2018 State of the Union in 4 minutes

Less than one year has passed since I first stood at this podium. I call upon all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people. African American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded. The stock market has…

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