The End of an Era of American Gymnastics

Do not let her ballerina bone structure and ethereal hair-halo fool you into thinking 21-year-old Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova is anything other than an absolute beast. Last Thursday, Melnikova returned to Japan—a scant two months after nabbing team gold and individual all-around bronze at the Tokyo Olympics—and hit great routines on all four events to claim the title of 2021 World All-Around Champion.

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The End of an Era of American Gymnastics

Do not let her ballerina bone structure and ethereal hair-halo fool you into thinking 21-year-old Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova is anything other than an absolute beast. Last Thursday, Melnikova returned to Japan—a scant two months after nabbing team gold and individual all-around bronze at the Tokyo Olympics—and hit great routines on all four events to claim the title of 2021 World All-Around Champion.

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A Triple Star System Is Either Hiding a Planet, or Defying the Laws of Physics

Space is full of weird stuff, but more than 1,300 light-years from Earth, there’s a star system called GW Orionis that makes a lot of that other bizarre phenomena seem outright dull.
For starters, GW Orionis has three stars rather than the usual one. Two orbit each other, and the third orbits the pair. Already we’re in territory that’s stranger than Star Wars.
And that’s not all. The three stars with their clockwork orbits are surrounded by three rings of dust and gas.

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China’s Challenge to the Monroe Doctrine

Time magazine reported earlier this year that China is South America’s top trading partner. Chinese companies, according to correspondents Ciara Nugent and Charlie Campbell, invested nearly $13 billion in Latin America in 2019, while China is a major consumer of Latin American exports, purchasing “beef from Uruguay, copper from Chile, oil from Colombia, and soya from Brazil.” State-controlled Chinese tech companies (Huawei, ZTE, Dahua, Hikvision) have made inroads in Latin America, Time reports, that will allow “Beijing to dictate the rules of commerce for a generation.

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5 Ways Scientists Think You Can Live Longer

Most people want to live a long and happy life—or at least avoid a short and miserable one. If you’re in that majority, then you’re in luck. Over the last decade, a quiet research revolution has occurred in our understanding of the biology of aging.
The challenge is to turn this knowledge into advice and treatments we can benefit from. Here we bust the myth that lengthening healthy life expectancy is science fiction, and show that it is instead scientific fact.
Nutrition and lifestyle
There’s plenty of evidence for the benefits of doing the boring stuff, such as eating right.

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5 Ways Scientists Think You Can Live Longer

Most people want to live a long and happy life—or at least avoid a short and miserable one. If you’re in that majority, then you’re in luck. Over the last decade, a quiet research revolution has occurred in our understanding of the biology of aging.
The challenge is to turn this knowledge into advice and treatments we can benefit from. Here we bust the myth that lengthening healthy life expectancy is science fiction, and show that it is instead scientific fact.
Nutrition and lifestyle
There’s plenty of evidence for the benefits of doing the boring stuff, such as eating right.

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5 Ways Scientists Think You Can Live Longer

Most people want to live a long and happy life—or at least avoid a short and miserable one. If you’re in that majority, then you’re in luck. Over the last decade, a quiet research revolution has occurred in our understanding of the biology of aging.
The challenge is to turn this knowledge into advice and treatments we can benefit from. Here we bust the myth that lengthening healthy life expectancy is science fiction, and show that it is instead scientific fact.
Nutrition and lifestyle
There’s plenty of evidence for the benefits of doing the boring stuff, such as eating right.

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The pernicious lies of neoliberalism still haunt us — threatening the future of life on Earth

In country after country around the world, people are rising up to challenge entrenched, failing neoliberal political and economic systems, with mixed but sometimes promising results.
Progressive leaders in the U.S. Congress are refusing to back down on the Democrats’ promises to American voters to reduce poverty, expand rights to healthcare, education and clean energy, and repair a shredded social safety net. After decades of tax cuts for the rich, they are also committed to raising taxes on wealthy Americans and corporations to pay for this popular agenda.

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Biden’s bungled border security is a national security crisis

OPINION:
If I lived in poverty under an oppressive government in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, or Asia, I’d want to go to the United States. So, I can’t criticize those hundreds of thousands of people now streaming across the southern border.
But I can criticize an American administration that – even at a time of pandemic and narco-terrorism – prefers not to know who is coming into the country or what those entering intend to do here. “It is simply common sense to view border security as national security,” Mark Morgan, who served as chief of the U.S.

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Biden’s bungled border security is a national security crisis

OPINION:
If I lived in poverty under an oppressive government in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, or Asia, I’d want to go to the United States. So, I can’t criticize those hundreds of thousands of people now streaming across the southern border.
But I can criticize an American administration that – even at a time of pandemic and narco-terrorism – prefers not to know who is coming into the country or what those entering intend to do here. “It is simply common sense to view border security as national security,” Mark Morgan, who served as chief of the U.S.

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