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How extreme weather and the pandemic have exposed fatal flaws in science communication

Scientists and communicators are too often failing to translate modern science into actions that save lives and limit human suffering.
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No. 6 Villanova tops Penn 71-56 at Palestra for Big 5 win
Collin Gillespie has played so long at Villanova that the guard has become a de facto coach on the court. He tells his teammates where they should be, sets up the next play and echoes all the pregame instruction from coach Jay Wright.
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Keith Olbermann Linking Oxford Shooting to Dave Portnoy Sparks Outrage
Sports and political commentator Keith Olbermann is being criticized for politizing the Michigan school shooting.
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'Annie Live!' Cast: All the Stars Appearing in the NBC Musical Special
The latest adaptation of the stage musical airs on Thursday, December 2 on NBC. "Annie Live" features a star-studded cast alongside some newcomers too.
'I Fell From a Third Floor Window, Now I'm a Wheelchair Racing Champion'
I spent the first month after the fall in the ICU and seven months in hospital in total. it took me many months to accept my injury. I was convinced that there would be a cure, that it would be reversible.
'A person no matter how small': Question of when life begins is at core of abortion debate
Those who, like me, see personhood at the earliest stages of human life, from conception, see abortion as a violent act against our unborn neighbors.
If you want your holiday package to arrive on time, here are the deadlines to know
To all those holiday present procrastinators out there (you know who you are): Be sure to ship that holiday gift sooner rather than later to get those presents to their destination before December 25.
Why a media executive left his career to help maligned donkeys and save them from slaughter
Ron King opened Oscar's Place sanctuary.
Letters to the Editor: Scary new variants like Omicron? That's on you, vaccine refusers
Scientists told us to vaccinate and mask up. Too many of us didn't listen. Now we're dealing with Omicron — no surprise there.
Amy Schneider has made ‘Jeopardy!’ history — and helped the show find calm after chaos
Schneider is the show's first transgender contestant to make the Tournament of Champions and is the latest in a string of big-money winners dominating the show's new season.
Biden's 'Build Back Better' is the very definition of cradle-to-grave, big-government dependency
By pushing America toward big-government socialism, this "Build Back Better" legislation poses a grave threat to the American Dream.
Debt collectors can now text, email and DM you on social media
Officials say the new rules are a necessary update to an outdated law, but consumer advocates worry that borrowers risk missing key information or falling prey to scammers.
New York Times mocked for claiming debunked Steele dossier a 'distraction' from the real Russia investigation
The New York Times faced backlash after framing the debunked Steele dossier as a “distraction” from the “actual Russia investigation.”
Editorial: The Supreme Court can't pretend that overturning Roe vs. Wade would be anything but political
The Supreme Court justices seem to be looking for a way to tinker with Roe vs. Wade. That would be misguided and unconstitutional.
Five years after Colombia’s peace deal, the FARC is no longer on U.S. terrorist group lists
But Colombia’s peace is far from secure, our research shows.
Couple recreates wedding 77 years later after original wedding didn't have photos
Royce and Frankie King were married on Sept. 16, 1944, right before Royce went to fight in World War II.
Heisman Trophy Voters Face Conundrum as Few Games Remain and No Clear Frontrunner
A defensive end could win this year's coveted trophy, or perhaps someone who doesn't even play on championship weekend.
Beto O'Rourke's Path to Governor Runs Through Latino Voters, But They're No Sure Thing
Beto O'Rourke did well with Latinos in 2018, but it wasn't enough to win. Now he faces Governor Greg Abbott, who fared better with Hispanics in 2018 than Ted Cruz did against the Democrat.
How Washington Can Flip the Script on Iran | Opinion
As talks resume over reviving the 2015 global nuclear agreement with Iran, the United States needs to alter the dynamics of its relationship with Tehran.
20 Terms Everyone Should Know Before Buying a Car
To get the most of your car buying experience, here are 20 terms everyone should know before stepping foot on a dealership lot.
When You Can’t Change the World, Change Your Feelings
“How to Build a Life” is a weekly column by Arthur Brooks, tackling questions of meaning and happiness. Click here to listen to his new podcast series on all things happiness, How to Build a Happy Life.Everyone—even the most privileged among us—has circumstances they would like to change in their life. As the early sixth-century Roman philosopher Boethius put it, “One has abundant riches, but is shamed by his ignoble birth. Another is conspicuous for his nobility, but through the embarrassments of poverty would prefer to be obscure. A third, richly endowed with both, laments the loneliness of an unwedded life.”Think about your own life and something causing you stress, anxiety, or sadness. For example, maybe you are struggling to find your job or career interesting and fulfilling. Or maybe you aren’t getting much out of your friendships, and feel lonely. How might you improve the situation? Your answer might be, “I should move, get a new job, and meet new people.” In other words, you should change the outside world to make it better for you.Not so easy, though, is it? Moving, changing jobs, and making an entirely new set of friends might be highly impractical at this point in your life. And in any case, you might suspect that you will take your problems with you, because, well, you can’t move away from you.[Read: A counterintuitive way to cheer up when you’re down]I’m going to let you in on a secret that can help. Between the conditions around you and your response to them is a space. In this space, you have freedom. You can choose to try remodeling the world, or you can start by changing your reaction to it.Sometimes, changing your circumstances is difficult but absolutely necessary, such as in cases of abuse or violence. And sometimes, changing your circumstances is fairly easy: If you are lethargic every morning, start going to bed earlier.But in the gray areas in between, fighting against reality can be impossible, or incredibly inefficient. Maybe you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness for which there are no promising treatment options. Perhaps your romantic partner has left you against your wishes and cannot be persuaded otherwise. Maybe you have a job you like but a manager you don’t, and no one will give you a new boss.[Listen: How to live when you’re in pain]In these sorts of situations, changing how you feel can actually be much easier than changing your physical reality, even if it seems unnatural. Your emotions can seem out of your control at the best of times, and even more so during a crisis—which is exactly when changing them would give you the greatest benefit. That can be blamed in part on biology. Negative emotions such as anger and fear activate the amygdala, which increases vigilance toward threats and improves your ability to detect and avoid danger. In other words, stress makes you fight, flee, or freeze—not think, What would a prudent reaction be at this moment? Let’s consider the options. This makes good evolutionary sense: Half a million years ago, taking time to manage your emotions would have made you a tiger’s lunch.But in the modern world, stress and anxiety are usually chronic, not episodic. Odds are, you no longer need your amygdala to help you outrun the tiger without asking your conscious brain’s permission. Instead, you use it to handle the nonlethal problems that pester you all day long. Even if you don’t have tigers to outrun, you can’t relax in your cave, because the emails are piling up.No surprise, then, that chronic stress often leads to maladaptive coping mechanisms in modern life. These include the misuse of drugs and alcohol, rumination on the sources of stress, self-harm, and self-blaming. These responses not only fail to provide long-term relief; they can compound our problems through addiction, depression, and increased anxiety. When these kinds of coping mechanisms don’t help, a person can easily give up on managing their negative emotions and resort to changing the outside world instead.[Read: Don’t wish for happiness. Work for it.]Ancient thinkers recognized this difficulty but believed that we can manage our reactions effectively if we have the right tools. Buddhism posits that our minds are habitually unbalanced, but not intrinsically so; the key is to build new habits of thinking. Similarly, the Stoics believed that human reason, practiced studiously, could override knee-jerk emotions. These ideas (especially the last) have inspired modern schools of psychotherapy, such as rational emotive behavior therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, which aim to create practical strategies for changing our reactions to negative situations in our life—and thus becoming happier.If you’ve taken stock of your worries and decided that managing your negative emotions is a better strategy than trying to change the world around you, you can follow four steps to arrive at a happier frame of mind:1. Notice your feelings.When you observe your emotions as if they belonged to another person, you give yourself better advice. After all, you would never advise a friend anxiously waiting for a medical-test result to ruminate all day and then get drunk. Self-observation requires that you be mindful of what you are feeling in the moment and approach your emotions with detached curiosity.Say you are sick of working from home all day, with endless Zoom meetings and no real human contact. Rather than fantasizing about quitting, spend some time dissecting your boredom and discomfort. At what time of day are they worst? How long into a meeting does your desire to run away screaming well up? Keep a journal of when you are feeling low, with respect to time and task. Then consider how you might alter minor aspects of your routine to raise your mood. Following this procedure during the coronavirus pandemic shutdowns, I started taking virtual meetings while out for a walk. It made a big difference.2. Accept your feelings.The idea that you need to change your circumstances if you’re sad is based on the assumption that your negative feelings should be eradicated. In many cases, negative emotions can be debilitating and can require treatment, as in the cases of depression or clinical anxiety. But in much of life, negative feelings are part of a full human experience; erasing them would make life grayer. Furthermore, ample research shows that negative emotions and experiences help us find life’s meaning and purpose.In the journal you started in Step 1 above, ponder the things that you can’t realistically alter and the emotions they spark in you. Ask what you are learning about yourself from each of these feelings, and how you might grow as a result.[Read: Quit lying to yourself]3. Lower your expectations.Once, as a young man, I told my father over the phone that I planned to quit my job. “Why?” he asked. “Because it doesn’t make me happy,” I told him. He paused for a long time, and finally said, “What makes you so special?” My problem—and it’s a common one—was that I had set unreasonable expectations about how happy the world was supposed to make me.Calmly ask yourself whether you’re asking the world for something it can’t or won’t give you. If you are, you might be looking in the wrong place for your bliss. For example, I am a big believer in creating happier workplaces, but I constantly advise people not to rely on a particular job for happiness. Similarly, you shouldn’t assume that all your happiness can come from any single romance, material object, or activity. You need a “portfolio” approach, balancing faith or philosophy, family, friendship, and work in which you earn your success and serve others.[Read: The three equations for a happy life]4. Give more.Research from the INSEAD business school in France shows that people who consider themselves a victim of circumstances don’t feel like they have any responsibility for them. They are also likely to be victimizers themselves, hurting the people who try to help them. One way to break this cycle is to help others voluntarily and charitably. Not only is serving others one of the most effective ways to raise one’s own happiness; maintaining the two opposing ideas that you are both a victim and a helper is very difficult.If you are lonely at work, look for someone who might also be suffering and provide some good company. If you are struggling with your health, find others who are in the same boat and offer them a sympathetic ear and a helping hand. In lifting up others, you lift up yourself too.Boethius, who reminded us that everyone suffers, knew a thing or two about problems. In fact, he wrote the words I quoted above from a prison cell while awaiting execution in A.D. 524 after being accused of treason by the Ostrogothic King Theodoric—a crime of which he was likely not guilty, but for which he was ultimately executed.Boethius could not change his appalling circumstances. However, he could and did change his attitude toward them. “So true is it that nothing is wretched, but thinking makes it so,” he wrote, “and conversely every lot is happy if borne with equanimity.” To take this to heart and act on it is one of the greatest secrets to increased well-being, but it doesn’t have to be a secret. If Boethius could do it, so can you.
D.C. is on track to issue electronic versions of driver’s licenses
More than 20 states have considered, tested or launched digital versions of driver’s licenses in recent years.
Sabel Harris challenging Brianne Nadeau for D.C. Council seat
Harris, who was elected last year as an advisory neighborhood commissioner, is running against the two-time incumbent council member in Ward 1.
MLB Lockout: Players Association and Commissioner's Statements in Full
The MLBPA called the lockout a "dramatic measure," after commissioner Rob Manfred said he hoped it would "jumpstart the negotiations."
Help! My Husband’s Godmother Painted a Huge, Truly Disturbing Portrait of Us.
We absolutely do not want this thing in our house, but she keeps asking about it.
How a Centrist Is Completely Rethinking How to Get Independents to Vote for Democrats
“You need to win right-of-center districts to hold the House.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers Are in a Very Bad Place
Do they even have a plan to get out?
Donald Trump Taunts Stacey Abrams Over Georgia Run: 'I'll Beat Her Again'
If Abrams is successful in 2022, she will become the first Black governor of Georgia and the first Black woman to serve as a governor in the United States.
Video of Joe Biden Claiming He Never Thinks About Donald Trump Goes Viral
Joe Biden closed his latest speech with a dig at Donald Trump that has gone viral with over 200,000 views.
Grab goes public in biggest Wall Street debut by a Southeast Asian company
Grab, the Southeast Asian unicorn, is finally having its day on Wall Street. The Singaporean startup is listing on Nasdaq through a record-breaking SPAC deal.
It's December and it hasn't snowed in Denver yet. That's never been recorded
It's been 224 consecutive days since it snowed a measurable amount in Denver, and since snowfall records began in 1882, Denver has never entered December without measurable snow.
Donald Trump Boasts January 6 Rally Was 'Largest Crowd' He's Ever Spoken To
The former president told Nigel Farage in an interview that "nobody ever talks" about the size of the crowd that contained those who went on to storm Capitol.
Toddler's Bond Since Birth With Husky Melts Hearts Online
The adorable montage captured the friendship between 3-year-old Parker and his pet husky, prompting internet users to share their own childhood memories.
IOC to Meet China's Peng Shuai Before Olympics Amid Global Pressure
International demands for proof that the tennis star is safe, led by the Women's Tennis Association, led to another video call between the IOC and Peng Shuai on Wednesday.
New apartments with high-end amenities coming to Chevy Chase, Md.
TOWN SQUARE | Planned building amenities include a roof terrace, a lobby that connects the two buildings, co-working spaces, a clubroom, an entertainment kitchen, a pet spa and a wellness studio with an indoor weight and cardio center and an outdoor fitness patio.
Art collective claims 2021 Turner Prize with Irish pub installation
Known for using contemporary art and activism to explore social issues, Array Collective claimed the prestigious Turner Prize after transforming a gallery space into an Irish pub.
How South African scientists discovered Omicron and set off a global chain reaction
In the early days of November, laboratory technicians at Lancet Laboratories in Pretoria, South Africa, found unusual features in samples they were testing for the coronavirus.
Teen Accidentally Shoots Sister Dead With Gun He Made, Police Say
The 13-year-old from Douglas County, Georgia, was allegedly making and selling semi-machineguns. He is charged with killing his 14-year-old sister.
Rory McIlroy defends players' right to play in Saudi Arabia tournament
Four-time major winner Rory McIlroy has defended players' rights to compete in the Saudi International next year.
Peng Shuai 'reconfirms' she is safe and well in second call with IOC
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a second call with Peng Shuai on Wednesday and said that the Chinese tennis star "reconfirmed" that she was safe and well given the "difficult situation" she is in, the sporting organization said Thursday.
Meghan Markle Scores Sensational and Final Victory Over MailOnline
Dia Dipasupil/Getty ImagesMeghan Markle scored a stunning—and final—victory in her long running legal action against the publishers of the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday and MailOnline today, after a judge dismissed an appeal by publishers Associated Newspapers Limited (ANL) against her.Meghan was suing ANL for invasion of privacy and violating her copyright after ANL published extensive sections of a “deeply personal” hand-written letter she sent to her estranged father Thomas Markle shortly after her wedding to Prince Harry.Earlier this year, a senior judge, who is highly experienced in media law, granted Meghan a so-called “summary judgment.”Read more at The Daily Beast.
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Duanesburg NY stabbings leave at least 2 dead: reports
At least two people were dead Wednesday night after reports of stabbings in a home in Duanesburg, New York, about 25 miles northwest of Albany, the state capital.
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Belarus KGB created fake accounts to criticize Poland during border crisis, says Facebook parent company
The accounts, since removed, posted about Polish border guards allegedly violating migrants’ rights, Meta said.
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UK newspaper loses appeal in case against Meghan, Duchess of Sussex
A UK court has upheld a ruling in favor of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, as part of her litigation against a newspaper publisher which reproduced parts of a private letter she sent to her father Thomas Markle in August 2018.
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Biden will outline new steps to combat Covid through winter months
The White House is set to announce a slew of new actions Thursday aimed at fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and protecting Americans from the Delta and newly discovered Omicron variants.
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Biden to announce health insurers must cover 100% of cost of at-home COVID tests
President Biden is set to announce that health insurers must cover 100% of the cost of in-home COVID-19 tests as part of his winter plan to combat the pandemic.
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Omicron's emergence demands global vaccination, which requires U.S. leadership
What was feared in the absence of widespread COVID-19 vaccination is precisely what's happened. Omicron is a call to vaccinate the world.       
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Meghan Markle Wins Tabloid Privacy Case Even After Private Messages Exposed
Meghan Markle has finally won her privacy lawsuit over a letter to her father—ending a two year saga in which she was forced into an embarrassing apology.
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Record warmth from coast to coast
Unusual warmth for December covers almost all of the Lower 48 with some locations breaking daily, monthly, and even meteorological winter temperature records. CNN Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri tells us when December will return.
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