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This Galactic Collision Shaped the History of the Milky Way

As the Milky Way was growing, taking shape, and minding its own business around 10 billion years ago, it suffered a massive head-on collision with another, smaller galaxy. That cosmic cataclysm changed the Milky Way’s structure forever, shaping the thick spirals that spin out from the supermassive black hole at ...

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‘No Such Thing as Rohingya’: Myanmar Erases a History

SITTWE, Myanmar — He was a member of the Rohingya student union in college, taught at a public high school and even won a parliamentary seat in Myanmar’s thwarted elections in 1990. But according to the government of Myanmar, U Kyaw Min’s fellow Rohingya do not exist. A long-persecuted Muslim ...

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Site of asteroid impact changed the history of life

An asteroid, also known as the Chicxulub Impactor, hit Earth some 66 million years ago, causing a crater 180 km wide. The impact of the asteroid heated organic matter in rocks and ejected it into the atmosphere, forming soot in the stratosphere. Soot is a strong, light-absorbing aerosol that caused ...

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Canada, Too, Faces a Reckoning With History and Racism

KINGSTON, Ontario — It is impossible to escape the presence of Sir John A. Macdonald in Kingston, Ontario. His name is on the highway into town, a main boulevard through the city and buildings across the educational spectrum, from a new elementary school in a suburb to the law school ...

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Why Macron Won: Luck, Skill and France’s Dark History

PARIS — The French presidential runoff transcended national politics. It was globalization against nationalism. It was the future versus the past. Open versus closed. But in his resounding victory on Sunday night, Emmanuel Macron, the centrist who has never held elected office, won because he was the beneficiary of a ...

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Assad’s History of Chemical Attacks, and Other Atrocities

In six years of war, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has overseen a campaign of carnage, turning an enormous cache of deadly weapons against the very people they were presumably stockpiled to protect. In a campaign to crush rebels and jihadists, Mr. Assad and his allies have relied on tactics ...

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The Weird History of Oysters as Aphrodisiacs

If you believe everything you read on the Internet about libido, you’ve probably heard that Casanova maintained his fabled Venetian stamina by eating raw oysters every day for breakfast. It’s anyone’s guess how that rumor began, but it’s especially perplexing how it has morphed into the claim that oysters are ...

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