A poster for the new International System of Units

Don’t worry: it probably won’t affect you.

As a species, we’re redefining the system of measurement units used by billions of people across the world.

The proposed change, expected to be adopted by the General Conference on Weights and Measures (a big meeting of government delegates to deal with this kind of thing) in November 2018, will firmly base the International System of Units on the rules of nature.

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On Valentine’s Day, 1990, the farthest human-made object, Voyager 1, turned its cameras around to take a photograph of the Solar System. It was the last image the cameras ever took.


The Solar System Family Portrait is a stitch of 60 frames, put together by NASA from images sent back to Earth by the interstellar probe.

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Yes, the unemployment rate is going down, but that’s not the whole story

A series of charts won’t give you the big picture but will tell you the story is incomplete

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The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has announced its latest round of employment figures, which show employment in the US rose by 222,000 jobs in June 2017.

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Here are the Republicans, politicizing human decency

Apparently, we’re okay with 22 million people finding it harder to get medical treatment

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The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its report on H.R. 1628, “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” — the Senate Republicans’ answer to abolishing Obamacare.

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“Where are you from?”

This planet. And everywhere on it.


It’s a difficult question to answer.

“Where are you from?”

I don’t know. And it’s a problem that’s been written many times before. And like those authors before me, I don’t fit neatly into a box of stereotypical identity: I am not your Chinese-American immigrant from Taiwan, nor am I the epitome of Asian-Americanness from California, and I’m certainly not your blonde girl from rural Wisconsin.

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