Seven Earth-sized planets have been observed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope around a tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of these planets are firmly in the habitable zone.
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Visit the Glorious Trappist-1 System

Did you tune in for NASA’s big press conference today? Get excited, it’s a habitable-zone planet! Three of them, to be more precise. Goldilocks has sisters! After much speculation following the announcement of the announcement (it wasn’t ever going to be aliens, folks), NASA gleefully announced that the Spitzer Space …

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Amreica is Grate!

Ah, the art of writing! From elegant multi-volume novels to a well-distilled Tweet, the written (and spoken) word is lauded with grand awards while somehow simultaneously dismissed as something that can be done by anyone. But while just about anyone can use language to communicate, it can be glaringly obvious when there’s something… missing.

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Hearts for Art at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI
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Hearts for Art

If you love art (and I know you do), get thee to a museum and show your love this Valentine’s Day! Institutions across the U.S. are putting their hearts on their sleeves (and floors and walls), inviting visitors to send love to their favorite works of art. For example, the Denver …

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Part of the Women's March in Chicago, as seen from the bridge in Grant Park over the Metra tracks near Michigan and Van Buren
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WIP Weekend: Forward, March!

Hello, yes, it is Tuesday and not the weekend! But it’s taken me this long to marvel at all the incredible creations assembled for the Women’s March on Saturday, to say nothing of all the other protests, marches, actions, and other events that have been happening of late. And of course, your …

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It wasn't me.
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The [White] Lady Doth Protest Too Much

Hello. Hi. Nice White Ladies. Yes, you there, with the face. Can we chat for a minute? I understand you have the best of intentions when you make your efforts to make sure NotWhite Ladies know you support them. I know that holding conversations involving race is sometimes difficult. But please, …

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WaPo Express Features Upcoming Women’s March… For Men?

The Washington Post Express, a free daily publication in DC, may be a bit confused about gender. Or rather, the binary symbols that commonly represent male and female. For anyone who might be missing the error, please consider the following informative table: The cover features the likely-historic rally in Washington to be held on …

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Carrie Fisher: Drowned in Moonlight, Strangled by Her Own Bra

I didn’t really realize how much I wanted a brunette princess from Disney until they released Beauty and the Beast in 1991. Hey, yes, a Disney movie featuring a girl with brown hair like me? AND she’s a huge reader? AND she snarks away Gaston like she’s swatting a fly? Excellent, …

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Art Inquisition: Are We Making America Great?

A billboard on Highway 80 outside of Jackson, MS simply reads “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.” Aside from the fine print, that is the only text, printed in bold capitals over an iconic 1965 image by photographer Spider Martin, depicting a standoff between police and protestors on ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma, AL. The …

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