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3 Tiny New Hampshire Towns Voted At Midnight. Do They Predict Anything?

The earliest polls in New Hampshire primary opened in Dixville Notch, Millsfield and Hart's Location. Dixville Notch, won by John Kasich, boasts of a streak of correctly predicting the GOP nominee.

Sorry, Bogie, A Sigh Is Not Just A Sigh

Sighs aren't just signs of resignation, relief or the blues. Involuntary sighs are vital to lung health, say scientists who think they have figured out the brain circuitry that controls the reflex.

U.S. Charges Widow Of ISIS Leader In Death Of American Kayla Mueller

Mueller was an aid worker in Syria when she was taken hostage in 2013. Her death was confirmed in February 2015. The woman charged in Mueller's captivity is in Iraqi custody.

Trudeau Says Canada Will Cease Airstrikes Against ISIS In Syria And Iraq

The prime minister says Canada will stop its airstrikes within two weeks, and will step up training for local security forces fighting ISIS militants.

Scientists Discover A Second Bacterium That Causes Lyme Disease

It's not the tick that causes Lyme disease, but the bacteria that live in its spit. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic have found a second bacterium capable of causing the disease in people.

Contest: Seeking Nominations For Untold Stories In Global Health

As a cosponsor of the contest, we're asking you to propose stories that the media has overlooked. We'll cover the winning entry in this blog.

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A Skeptical Review Of CBS' Super Bowl Online Streaming Success

For the first time, CBS put the full Super Bowl, with ads, online and claimed record viewership. But StreamingMedia.com's Dan Rayburn says the decision to stream is getting too much hype.

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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.

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When Every Drop Of Water Could Be Poison: A Flint Mother's Story

For Flint resident Jeneyah McDonald, using bottled water for everything has become an onerous but necessary routine. Still, she worries about the effects that toxic tap water will have on her sons.

Outrage Over Egyptian President's Red Carpet Arrival

The massive red carpet at the opening of a social housing project has sparked a barrage of criticism in a country suffering from high levels of poverty.

Everyone's A Critic (Not Just A.O. Scott)

February 8, 2016
Legendary film critic  Roger Ebert in an archival image from his early days at the Chicago Sun-Times. (Flickr / WikiCommons)

The critic speaks. The New York Times’ A.O. Scott on how to think about art, pleasure, beauty and truth.

‘The Game’s Not Over’ Seeks Middle Ground In Football Debate

February 6, 2016
A detail shot of the hands of a football player during the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  The Panthers won 38-10 to clinch home field advantage for the playoffs  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

In an increasingly polarized debate over the merits of American football, Gregg Easterbrook tries to present a middle position in his new book “The Game’s Not Over: In Defense of Football.”

‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’ Takes An Undead Spin On Jane Austen

February 5, 2016
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies opens across the country tonight. (Lionsgate)

As the movie hits theaters, we revisit our conversation with Seth Grahame-Smith, who penned the book the movie is based on.

Navigating All That Music

February 5, 2016
A portion of the cover of Ben Ratliff's new book, "Every Song Ever." (Courtesy Farar, Straus and Giroux / The Publisher)

How to choose music in an age when everything is online and always there. New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff shows the way.

Is American Growth Over?

February 4, 2016
Although technological development appears to have rapidly increased in the last fifty years, the gap between the invention of the incandescent light bulb and the Apple iPhone was not as dramatically innovative as it might have been. (WikiCommons / Associated Press)

Is the golden age of American growth and innovation over? Gone for good? Big economist Robert Gordon says so. We’ll listen, and challenge.

Telling The Story Of ‘The Invisibles’: White House Slaves

February 3, 2016
This is the earliest known photograph of the White House, taken around 1846 by John Plumbe during the administration of James K. Polk. (Wikimedia Commons)

Of the first 18 presidents of the United States, 12 were slave owners, even though some spoke out against slavery.

The Power Of 'Presence'

February 3, 2016
Author and Harvard Business School social psychologist Amy Cuddy. (Photo by Bob O'Connor / Courtesy The Author)

Strike a power pose. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy on the power of presence when you’re ready to act and win.

Roxbury Artist Brings Fannie Lou Hamer To Life In Award-Winning Picture Book

January 29, 2016
Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer of Ruleville, Mississippi, speaks to Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party sympathizers outside the Capitol in Washington in 1965. (William J. Smith/AP)

Fannie Lou Hamer is often called the spirit of the Civil Rights movement, who used singing to reflect her belief that the civil rights struggle was a spiritual one.

Is It Possible To Get Big Money Out Of Politics?

January 27, 2016
People hold signs during a gathering on the anniversary of the Citizens United decision in Montpelier, Vt. (Toby Talbot/AP)

Six years ago this month, the Supreme Court ruled on Citizens United v. FEC, which, according to critics, uncorked a flood of campaign cash.

Longtime Christie Watcher Pens New Book On New Jersey Governor

January 26, 2016
New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie speaks at Chabad House at Rutgers University to express his opposition to President Obama's Iran deal on August 25, 2015 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

After covering Christie for five years, Matt Katz is out with a new book, “American Governor: Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption.”

‘Brady Vs. Manning’ Delves Into QB Rivalry — And Practical Jokes

January 23, 2016
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Nobody is happier than Gary Myers that Sunday’s AFC Championship is set to bring about one final confrontation between the Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Broncos’ Peyton Manning. Myers is the author of “Brady Vs. Manning: The Untold Story Of The Rivalry That Transformed The NFL.”

Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Says Internet Often Falls Short On Its Promise

January 22, 2016
Andrew Keen is pictured in Amsterdam in 2015. (Vera de Kok/Wikimedia Commons)

Andrew Keen argues that the Internet often hurts the middle class, artists and small businesses.

Seeking Sites Of Global Genius

January 22, 2016
An image of the ancient Acropolis in Athens, Greece, taken in June 2010. (WikiCommons)

From ancient Athens to old Calcutta to U.S. hotspots now, we look around the world at the places and the conditions that have fostered genius.

Autism: A History

January 21, 2016
In researching their book, Caren Zucker and John Donvan tracked down Donald Gray Triplett (center), the first person officially diagnosed with autism. Now in his 80s, Triplett has had a long, happy life, Donvan says, maybe partly because his hometown embraced him from the beginning as " 'odd, but really, really smart.' " (Courtesy Penguin Random House)

A big fresh take on autism that begins with Patient Zero.

Maria Konnikova Explains Why We Fall For Cons

January 20, 2016
The new book by Maria Konnikova is about confidence artist. (Courtesy of Penguin Random House)

The setup, the bait, the play and the sting — these are all elements of a con artist’s trick. But how do these experts at deception steal money, fake an identity and get away with it?

Five Dictators Of Rome

January 20, 2016
An 1876 artistic representation of Nero's Rome by artist Henryk Siemiradzki. (WikiCommons)

The dictators at the end of the Roman Republic. Claudius, Caligula, Nero and more. How they ruled.

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