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A trade war between the US and China looms once again. Following a brief truce in May, the White House launches new tariffs on Chinese goods, and Beijing responds with more retaliatory tariffs.

While many US consumers likely won't feel the effects of the tariffs, American farmers and other workers may be burdened with a significant downturn in revenue.

Those defending slavery during the Civil War used to quote the same Bible passage Jeff Sessions just used to justify splitting migrant families.

A compendium of known chemical munitions used by the Syrian government since 2012.

At least four former Cambridge Analytica officials have been working with the Trump 2020 campaign.

US diplomats' illnesses in Cuba and China remain a mystery—and calling them "attacks" presupposes their cause.

What happens when an epidemic strikes under Trump, who has shunned health experts and cut critical infrastructure? Expect conspiracy tweets.

I discovered that the world should be divided not into good and bad people but into cowards and non-cowards. Ninety-five percent of cowards are capable of the vilest things, lethal things, at the mildest threat. A list of lessons from the Gulag by the Soviet dissident writer Varlam Shalamov.

During the 1980s, a disgruntled Dept. of Defense worker illustrated key Cold War moments on his desk calendars.

In early-stage research, gene therapy has been used to successfully give paralyzed rats control of their limbs.

Psychedelics may help depression and other psychiatric conditions by aiding neurons' ability to branch out.

See also: For decades, the US government banned medical studies of the effects of LSD. But for one longtime, elite researcher, the promise of mind-blowing revelations was just too tempting.

Thanks to a 2010 Obama executive order, the Chesapeake Bay is the healthiest it's been in 33 years.

Bowing to pressure, McDonald's is replacing plastic straws in Ireland and the UK—where it uses 1.8 million a day.

As CD sales continue falling, vinyl's popularity has been climbing for 12 years now—and hit a 25-year high in 2017.

Among the domains the bankrupted Toys “R” Us is selling off: burgers-r-us.com, cigars-r-us.com, and sextoysrus.com.

The history of computer passwords, which have never been and will likely never be secure.

From the archives: The Heartbleed Bug exposed a well-known secret: Passwords suck. But that’s really nothing new—just ask the Romans. Explaining the password’s past and future.

Interiors, exteriors, and landscapes bathed in technicolor light, illustrated by Liam Cobb.