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Magic mushrooms, the next plague, why haven't we found aliens? and more

• Jul 5, 2018 at 9:49 AM

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WASHINGTON POST: 'Are you alone now?' Washington Post reports from Norwalk

He had been afraid to go outside since his mother was detained in an immigration raid 14 days earlier, but now someone was pounding on the front door of their trailer. Alex Galvez, 12, waited until the knocking stopped and then cracked the door open to find a small flier left behind on the top step. (Paywall)

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REUTERS: China warns U.S. is 'opening fire' on the world with tariff threats

The United States is “opening fire” on the world with its threatened tariffs, China warned on Thursday, saying no one wants a trade war but it will respond the instant U.S. measures go into effect, as Beijing ramped up the rhetoric in the heated dispute.

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THE GUARDIAN: Magic mushrooms: how fungus could help rebuild derelict Cleveland

Over 7,000 abandoned or condemned homes litter the urban landscape of Cleveland, Ohio, where a stunning population loss of about 100,000 residents in 25 years and widespread foreclosures have sparked a housing crisis marked by growing racial and economic disparities.

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THE ATLANTIC: The next plague is coming; is America ready?

in 1918, a strain of H1N1 flu swept the world. It might have originated in Haskell County, Kansas, or in France or China—but soon it was everywhere. In two years, it killed as many as 100 million people—5 percent of the world’s population, and far more than the number who died in World War I.

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ONE COOL THING: Why haven’t we found aliens yet?

Scientists first began searching for alien signals shortly after the advent of radio technology around the turn of the 20th century, and teams of astronomers across the globe have been taking part in the formal Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) since the 1980s. Yet the universe continues to appear devoid of life.

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