China Built the Worlds Largest Telescope. Then Came the Tourists

Credit Intentionally Withheld The day before, Stierwalt had traveled from Southern California to Pingtang Astronomy Town for a conference hosted by scientists from the world’s largest telescope. It was a new designation: China’s Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, or FAST, had been completed just a year before, in September 2016.…

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Facebook is shaping public discourse. We need to understand how | Alex Abdo

Companies like Facebook and Twitter should lift restrictions impeding digital journalism and research on the platforms At a hearing last week in Washington, senators and executives from Facebook and Twitter wrestled with the existential question of our time: how do we prevent Silicon Valleys signature creation social media from tearing…

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How weak schools serve Trump’s agenda | Arne Duncan

Of course the president says he loves the poorly educated: authoritarian regimes benefit when citizens lack education, writes Obamas education secretary In late July, at a speech for veterans in Kansas City, Missouri, President Trump jabbed a finger at the back of the room, where members of the media were…

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Read the moving letter that convinced Coldplay to let ‘Yellow’ appear in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Coldplay and Warner Bros. were worried the song would cause problems if used in 'Crazy Rich Asians.' But the director convinced them otherwise.Image: Warner bros. One of the most emotional moments in Jon M. Chu’s much talked-about rom-com Crazy Rich Asians almost didn’t happen.  Luckily, the director wrote one hell…

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PM ‘retains confidence’ in Karen Bradley

“I didn’t understand things like when elections are fought for example in Northern Ireland – people who are nationalists don’t vote for unionist parties and vice-versa.” “So, the parties fight for election within their own community. “Actually, the unionist parties fight the elections against each other in unionist communities and…

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