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Emily Bazelon thinks that the youth and judicial inexperience of Elena Kagan, President Obama's selection to replace Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court, make her a good choice for the job.

Emily Bazelon thinks that the youth and judicial inexperience of Elena Kagan, President Obama's selection to replace Justice Stevens on the Supreme Court, make her a good choice for the job. "What will Kagan be like as a Supreme Court justice? Much more than Sonia Sotomayor, Obama's choice for the last court vacancy, or the string of nominees going back to David Souter, we can't know for sure. Trust us, the White House is saying."

Car culture and suburban sprawl create rifts in society, claims study

New research links urban planning and political polarization.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
  • Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
  • People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
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Scientists reverse hair loss by making scalp "smell" sandalwood

It turns out the human scalp has an olfactory receptor that seems to play a crucial role in regulating hair follicle growth and death.

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Surprising Science
  • Scientists treated scalp tissue with a chemical that mimics the odor of sandalwood.
  • This chemical bound to an olfactory receptor in the scalp and stimulated hair growth.
  • The treatment could soon be available to the public.
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NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller on ​the multiple dimensions of space and human sexuality

Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.

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Think Again Podcasts
  • Why can't we have a human-sized cat tree?
  • What would happen if you got a spoonful of a neutron star?
  • Why do we insist on dividing our wonderfully complex selves into boring little boxes
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