They think it makes them look weak, and avoiding that is evidently more important to them than demonstrating responsible behavior
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The pandemic is no excuse to abandon chronic disease management and prevention
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Where I go all white-knuckle and stark terror is on Seattle’s few double-decker roads. Whenever I have to take the southbound I-5 express lanes, I’m staring up at the freeway above, and out toward the Cascadia subduction zone off the coast, and begging it to please oh please not choose this particular instant to rip...
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If you seek high well-being, your best bets are gratitude and love of learning.
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Physics Week in Review: August 1, 2015
Folding graphene like origami, the physics of how cereal gets soggy, and left-handed W bosons are among this week's highlights.
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Jeb Bush Says GOP Should Be the Party of Science
Science doesn't belong to Democrats or Republicans, liberals or conservatives - Science belongs to all of us.
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