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“Everything you need to know about X.” Why explaining the news is harder than it looks

Have you had something “explained” to you yet today? Chances are, you have. The last few weeks have brought the launch of three new sites designed to be companions to, rather than sources of, breaking news. The sites seek to boil down big stories by analyzing the data behind them, in the case of Nate Silver’s 538, or simply [...]

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Ezra Klein’s Vox.com launches but it’s a bit undercooked

Vox.com, Ezra Klein’s general interest site that launched on Sunday night, looks a lot like the bastard child of BuzzFeed and Wikipedia. The site’s launch topics range from Obamacare to “Game of Thrones” and feature an eclectic mix of longer articles and listicles meant to help stories that normally appeal to insiders and experts find a wider audience. The site [...]

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What Anxiety Does to Your Brain and What You Can Do About It

What Anxiety Does to Your Brain and What You Can Do About It

We all deal with anxiety in some form or another, whether it’s when you’re pulled over by the cops or about to give a speech in front of a crowd. But for some, anxiety is a much stronger, more fearsome force—one that never goes away. But what is anxiety exactly, and what’s going on in your mind (and your body) when anxiety strikes? How do you cope when it takes hold?

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PandoDaily and the kids of NYC’s Hartley House explain all this crazy asteroid activity

For the past few weeks, Elon Musk has been all over the news for various successes and setbacks related to his Tesla Model S car. But you do know he has other huge potentially ground-breaking companies, right? One of the ambitious interplanetary goals of his company SpaceX is to mine asteroids. The art of extracting precious metals from these…

    

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