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We Just Discovered Another New Planet That Could Host Life

On Wednesday, a team of European scientists announced the discovery of an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting a star just 11 light-years away. In reporting their findings in the journal Astronomy Astrophysics, the scientists added yet another option to the blossoming list of ‘planets outside the solar system that could be potentially habitable to life,‘ with this latest world being touted as one of the best chances-possibly the best chance

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6 Turkey-Cooking Tools Every First-Time Thanksgiving Cook Needs

This article originally appeared on the Strategist.

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The Power of the Placebo

Every so often, a new study comes along that challenges conventional wisdom in medicine or science. When the conditions are right, these studies can generate a lot of attention in both the popular press and the medical community. In early November, one of these such studies, called the ORBITA study, was published in the Lancet by a group of cardiologists.

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Finders Keepers, Cheaters Weepers

As a member of Slate Plus, you‘re reading this Slate story before anyone else can! This story is exclusive to Slate Plus members until Thursday morning.

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In 1770, the Sky Over East Asia Turned Crimson Red for Nine Days

For multiple days in 1770, a swath of sky over Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and the eastern coast of China looked as if it had been set ablaze, illuminated in a scorching red light. No one knew what caused it, and we only knew it happened thanks to a few scant recordings that survived the intervening centuries. It wasn‘t until modern astronomy gave us a better understanding of aurora events centuries later that we learned what prompted it:

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Harry S. Truman‘s Battles With the Bosses

Host John Dickerson visits May 24, 1946, and President Harry S. Truman‘s challenge to labor bosses. This episode first aired Dec 14, 2016.

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Why You Can‘t Put Your Smartphone Down

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Help! My Friend Is About to Marry Someone Awful-and He Wants Me to Officiate the Wedding.

Every week, Mallory Ortberg answers additional questions from readers, just for Slate Plus members.

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The Culture Gabfest ‘Tell Me About a Complicated Man‘ Edition

Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 478 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner with the audio player below.

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Our First Hints At How the Next iPhone Will Be Different

The iPhone X has only been shipping for a few weeks, but already we‘re starting to learn what capabilities future iPhones may hold. While 2018 looks likely to showcase only small improvements, 2019 may yield a phone with exciting new features.

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Space Shuttle

Slate Plus members get access to the awesome American Values Club crossword, edited by Ben Tausig. This week‘s puzzle is rated 3/5 for difficulty.

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Dear Prudence: The ‘Drama Tornado‘ Edition

Author Sarah Gailey joins Prudence to advise on matters of laundry, sisterhood, salary, and more! First up: What‘s the protocol for abandoned clothes in a public dryer? Should I tell my sister I think she‘s making a mistake marrying her fianc? I‘m scared my drama queen sister will make me her next enemy. My friends are icing me out and I didn‘t do anything wrong. My therapist told another client-my dad-things I told her in

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Climate Litigation Needs to Become a Mass Movement

Things are not going well for the Earth. It goes well beyond the Trump administration‘s decision to eventually leave the Paris Agreement and Scott Pruitt‘s purge of the Environmental Protection Agency‘s scientific experts. Even non-American efforts to curb climate change aren‘t going so well: Newly released data from the World Meteorological Organization reveal a record increase in average global concentrations of CO2 betw

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To: You. From: My Butt.

A few months ago, my dad texted me a strange scribble, which I thought looked a bit like a knife sharing the canvas with a dot. A co-worker disagreed: She thought it resembled ‘the index finger of God pointing down at a peon as if to punish them.‘ We were both wrong, of course: It was a butt drawing. Not a drawing of a butt, but a drawing by a butt.

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Putting the Con in Economics

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We Used the App That Reveals What Women Look Like Without Their Makeup on the Man Who Created It

In the tradition of those Snapchat filters that give your skin an added glow and FaceApp, the less said about which the better, comes MakeApp, an app that uses artificial intelligence to show you what people-you, your friends, celebrities, anyone-look like without makeup. There are of course plenty of apps that stack various filters in order to self-beautify, and MakeApp offers the option of adding makeup to a face, too. But its underlying purpos

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The Angle: Where 14 Is OK Edition

All good over here: The national media has painted Roy Moore as a freakish and possibly insane outlier, but Ruth Graham reports that there is a group of evangelical homeschooling advocates who also believe that teenage girls make fine matches for grown men-and Moore has ties to them.

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Black Voters, Blue Wave

There are two major demographics that helped Ralph Northam and the Democratic ticket win Virginia‘s statewide elections: a strong performance with white and suburban voters, which has received considerable attention since last Tuesday, and high black turnout, which has not.

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Trigger Warning

Tuesday morning, Congress held its first hearing in four decades on the president‘s authority to launch nuclear weapons, and the results were fascinating, frightening, and ultimately maddening.

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Why I Returned My iPhone X

This article originally appeared in Select All.

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9 Things That Will Help You Fall Asleep

This article originally appeared on the Strategist.

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Democrats Are Sounding the Alarm on the Tax Bill

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer do not often begin their weeks with urgent, joint press conferences. The two congressional minority leaders did this week, though, delivering grave warnings about the Republican tax plan that is currently barreling its way through Congress despite the best efforts of Democrats.

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Roy Moore Is Lying

Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Alabama, swears he‘s innocent. ‘The people of Alabama know me. They know my character. They know what I have stood for in the political world for over 40 years,‘ Moore declared Monday night, after a fifth woman came forward to accuse him of sexually targeting her while she was a teenager (saying Moore assaulted her when she was 16). ‘I can tell you without hesitation thi

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Sometimes Just Because

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