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On July 11, 1990, tension between white and Mohawk people at Oka , just west of Montreal, took a violent turn. At issue was the town's plan to turn a piece of disputed land in the community of Kanesatake into a golf course. Media footage of rock-throwing white…

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What happens on this planet over the next four decades has the potential to fundamentally alter life as we know it. The world population is expected to reach nine billion people by 2050—that’s nine billion hungry humans in need of food. The challenge…

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Taras Grescoe has written books that have changed the way we look at illicit substances, in The Devil’s Picnic , and how we think about the world’s seafood, in Bottomfeeder . Now, as oil prices soar and suburbs continue to sprawl, Grescoe hits the…

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by Jay Ingram

|May 15, 2012

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Most people have never heard of prions. Indeed, most are only barely aware of the diseases caused by them, except, perhaps, for mad cow disease. Yet prions are the stuff of a revolutionary science—a science that might lead to cures for some of…

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Two hundred and fifty million years ago, 95 percent of the species on Earth perished. Sixty-five million years ago, a meteor strike destroyed the dinosaurs and pretty much every other organism bigger than about fifteen pounds. Now another mass extinction is…

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Hookup culture dominates the lives of college students today. Most students spend hours agonizing over their hopes for Friday night and, later, dissecting the evenings’ successes or failures, often wishing that the social contract of the hookup would allow…