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Trump's Plan to Slash Weather Forecast Funding Is Terrible News for Farms

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With great fanfare last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order withdrawing an Environmental Protection Agency clean-water rule, which he packaged as a gift to farmers, one that would free them from onerous federal regulation. As I showed in a piece, Trump's gesture did no such thing--farmers were already exempt from the EPA's water regulations. Meanwhile, the president is quietly mulling steep budget cuts to programs that actually do affect farmers: ones that they (and everyone else) rely on for weather forecasts.


Moscow Thanks You for Sharing Its Cute Cat Pics

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I learned of Alec Baldwin's death on the subway, deep beneath Manhattan. I'd started reading a New York Times editorial about the proliferation of fake news in the age of Donald Trump. Scrolling down on my phone, I saw what looked like a related Times headline: "Baldwin: Gone at 58."


The Bizarre and Inspiring Story of Iowa's Fish Farmers

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By mid-October, harvest is in full swing in central Iowa. Giant green combines crawl through rows of withered corn until well after dusk as Webster City's farmers hurry to gather their crops before the first freeze sets in. The stiff, pale bodies of dead hogs pile up in dumpsters along gravel roads, waiting to be butchered. Geese sail south in wavering Vs, and the maple trees on the banks of Brewer Creek flare crimson.


The Bizarre and Inspiring Story of Iowa's Fish Farmers

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By mid-October, harvest is in full swing in central Iowa. Giant green combines crawl through rows of withered corn until well after dusk as Webster City's farmers hurry to gather their crops before the first freeze sets in. The stiff, pale bodies of dead hogs pile up in dumpsters along gravel roads, waiting to be butchered. Geese sail south in wavering Vs, and the maple trees on the banks of Brewer Creek flare crimson.


Robots Are Growing Tons of Our Food. Here's the Creepy Part.

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You don't see self-driving cars taking over American cities yet, but robotic tractors already roar through our corn and soybean farms, helping to plant and spray crops. They also gather huge troves of data, measuring moisture levels in the soil and tracking unruly weeds. Combine that with customized weather forecasts and satellite imagery, and farmers can now make complex decisions like when to harvest--without ever stepping outside.


Here Are All the Sneaky Tricks Candidates Use to Dodge Debate Questions

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will finally face-off in their first presidential debate tonight, in an event that's expected to draw a record-breaking 100 million viewers. Presidential debates, unlike those held during the primaries, are supposed to be, well, more presidential: there are specific rules governing how long candidates are supposed to speak and topics are set in advance.


But If You Don't Learn Cursive, How Will You Read the Declaration of Independence in the Original?

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If pen retailers and state legislators are to be believed, cursive handwriting is facing an existential threat. Since the advent of the Common Core standards--which emphasizes keyboard skills over nicely shaped P's and Q's--it's been common knowledge for years that teachers are abandoning cursive in droves, spending classroom time instead on new technology and typing.


Here Are All the Ways That Politicians Lie About Science

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History is riddled with science denial. From Newton's law of gravitation to Hanaoka Seinshu's use of anesthesia, there's no shortage of discoveries that have been scoffed at, ridiculed, and wholly rejected by prominent thinkers before eventually settling into the human narrative. But too often, significant damage is done--and sometimes lives are lost--while these debates play out. After centuries of dismissing scientific discoveries, only to be proven wrong time and again, you'd think we'd learn to have a little more faith in the experts.


Missouri Transgender Inmate Sues After State Denies Hormone Treatment

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A transgender inmate is suing the Missouri Department of Corrections over a policy that prevents her from receiving hormone therapy, despite recommendations from the department's doctors that she receive it.