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When fascism swept the U.S. (Washington Post)
by Seva Gunitsky
With white nationalists openly carrying Nazi flags and guns, a political scientist looks back at the widespread support for fascism in the U.S. in the 1930s.
What are the options for North Korea? (Al Jazeera)
by Stein Tonnesson
Just how scared should we be about the conflict between the U.S. and North Korea? Is there a way to reach a durable peace? A researcher who studies the region weighs in.
What’s so bad about diet soda? (Vox)
by Mark Schatzker
Remember that joke about ordering a double hamburger, large fries, and… a diet soda? Turns out the health effects of mixing fake sugar with real carbs may be particularly bad.
When a dying language goes viral (Atlas Obscura)
by Zoe Baillargeon
A word in the South American Yaghan language became a viral phenomenon among English speakers, offering a way to say something we don’t have a word for. But the Yaghan language itself is close to extinction.
How a snake copes with pollution (The Atlantic)
by Ed Yong
Life adapts to changing conditions in all kinds of ways. These sea snakes have been living in filthy water so long that they’ve changed color.
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