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It's Really Hard to Know When a Zoo Animal Is Pregnant
Poop mapping, dog pregnancy kits, bribing pandas for ultrasounds—zoos often have to get creative to figure out when their animals will give birth.
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Radio Atlantic: Putin, Russia, and the End of History
Julia Ioffe joins the show to discuss Vladimir Putin and what Americans misunderstand about Russia.
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A Week Around the World With The Atlantic
The United States and Russia: In her new magazine cover story, Julia Ioffe posited a simple thesis about Vladimir Putin: that he is not the manipulative mastermind America thinks he is. In a video, Julia explains how Russia hacked the U.S. presidenti
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The Weaponization of Awkwardness
Don't make a scene. Look the other way. Social discomfort has long been used to maintain the status quo.
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Everything You Never Thought to Ask About Astronaut Food
Days before his return to Earth in 2008, NASA astronaut Daniel Tani told reporters he couldn’t wait to do something very ordinary after spending four months in space. “I’m looking forward to putting food on a plate and eating several things at once,
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Oil Has Cursed Venezuela—But Could Also Save the Country
The political prisoner Leopoldo López wrote from his cell that there’s a way to fix the economic catastrophe wrought by mismanagement.
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Trump's Formidable Judicial-Appointment Machine Starts to Sputter
The president’s ability to get confirmations to the bench has been his brightest spot, but this week saw two nominees withdraw and a third humiliated by a Republican senator.
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How Oriana Fallaci's Writings on Islamism Are Remembered—and Reviled
The first authorized biography of a controversial Italian reporter sheds a new light on her legacy.
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Why We Should Be Worried about a War in Space
This article is edited from a story shared exclusively with members of The Masthead, the membership program from The Atlantic. Find out more. One hundred miles above the Earth’s surface, orbiting the planet at thousands of miles per hour, the six peo
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Where BoJack Horseman Season 4 Shone Brightest
The animated Netflix show’s two best episodes this year experimented with narrative to bring the private pain of its female characters to light.
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The Atlantic Daily: Soft but Crushing Social Pressures
Corker's support for the tax plan, Disney's merger with 21st Century Fox, beyond the net-neutrality debate, and more
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Everybody Should Be Very Afraid of the Disney Death Star
The first episode of the Streaming Wars is over. The rebels won. Now the empire strikes back.
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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Tax on Deck
Republicans finalized their tax plan, and secured support from Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Corker, keeping them on track for a floor vote next week.
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Even Small Amounts of Alcohol Impair Memory
“I can’t even remember what happened that night” is a common joke/cry for help among people who recently drank to the point of blacking out. But there’s also evidence that drinking even a little bit can seriously impair learning and memory. Sleep, es
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How Republicans Closed the Deal on Tax Cuts
With late support from Senators Bob Corker and Marco Rubio on a package finalized Friday, the GOP is on the precipice of a major legislative victory next week.
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The Growing Partisan Divide Over Feminism
Democratic men are 31 points more likely to say that the “country has not gone far enough on women’s rights” than Republican women.
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The Lessons of 'American War'
Dystopian novels are a difficult genre: They need to be imaginative, edging on the far-fetched, while being just plausible enough to terrify. Omar El Akkad’s American War, which interprets the American South by way of the Middle East, challenges Amer
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Here Comes the Meat Tax
There is a “hospital-themed restaurant” in Las Vegas called the Heart Attack Grill. Inside, customers are invited to tempt death with food. The waitresses dress as provocative nurses and deliver “prescriptions,” which are enormous hamburgers. Dependi
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Net Neutrality Was Never Enough
Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, opens a bag of Cheetos with his teeth, dumps them onto a hipster food-court lunch bowl, and slathers it in Sriracha sauce. He snaps a pic for social media. It’s a scene from a video, “S
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The Student Whose Cockiness Tested My Patience
An overconfident teen felt that he was above math class—until he needed his teacher’s help.
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The Annotated ‘Nationalist’s Delusion’
This article is edited from a story shared exclusively with members of The Masthead, the membership program from The Atlantic. Find out more. “Trumpism,” writes Adam Serwer, “is a profoundly American phenomenon.” In his Atlantic feature story “The Na
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The 18 Days That Haunt Trump's Presidency
A timeline of the events that led up to former National-Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s departure from the White House
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The 24 Best Television Episodes of 2017
The Atlantic’s editors and writers pick their favorite 2017 moments from The Handmaid’s Tale, Master of None, The Leftovers, Better Things, and more. (Just to be clear, spoilers abound.) Just as Serial’s listeners at some point started to send in the
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‘The Basic Grossness of Humans’
Lurking inside every website or app that relies on “user-generated content”—so, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, among others—there is a hidden kind of labor, without which these sites would not be viable businesses. Content moderati
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Interstellar Object Shows No Signs of Alien Technology So Far
Astronomers have completed their first round of radio observations of the asteroid 'Oumuamua as it zooms away from us.
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Are Private Schools Immoral?
Public schools in gentrifying neighborhoods seem on the cusp of becoming truly diverse, as historically underserved neighborhoods fill up with younger, whiter families. But the schools remain stubbornly segregated. Nikole Hannah-Jones has chronicled
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The Last Jedi: The Best Star Wars Movie Since 1980?
Like its immediate predecessor, The Force Awakens, director Rian Johnson’s installment trades a little too much on nostalgia. But it does so with cleverness, verve, and depth.
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The Most 2017 Story of 2017
It’s a Christmas tale for our time: Cyber nerds using high-tech software to buy a slew of baby-monkey robots and holding them ransom for thousands of dollars.
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40 Years Later, Some Survivors of the First Ebola Outbreak Are Still Immune
In August 1976, a 44-year-old headmaster named Mabalo Lokela arrived back in the town of Yambuku in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after two weeks spent touring with a local mission. A few days after his return, he checked into the local hospi
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Americans Don't Really Understand Gun Violence
Why? Because there's very little known about the thousands of victims who survive deadly shootings.
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