Why global warming is making carbon dating impossible, the first question every politician should be asked about Iran, Taylor Swift feuds with Nicki Minaj, and more…

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

In Love—and in Debt

Financial disagreements are a strong predictor of divorce. How do couples with differing amounts of student loans pay them off together?

Bourree Lam

Global Warming Could Make Carbon Dating Impossible

The technique is used to determine the age of organic artifacts in fields like archaeology, geology, and ecology. But it could become unreliable within decades.

Adrienne LaFrance

What About the Math Olympians?

Sports stars are regularly lauded for their victories—but academic ones seldom receive the same treatment.

Emily Richmond

The Big Hole in the Iran Debate

In most discussions of the nuclear deal, the word "Iraq" never comes up. That’s insane.

Peter Beinart

Some Questions on the Occasion of the Film Pixels

They’d spoil the movie, except that the movie has already spoiled itself.

Megan Garber

The Diaper Dilemma

How not being able to afford a basic baby necessity hurts mothers’ mental health and their ability to parent

Olga Khazan

Taylor Swift and the Silencing of Nicki Minaj

One star uses the pretext of female solidarity to try and shut down another’s frustration with the music industry.

Spencer Kornhaber

Pilgrims to the Islamic State

What Westerners migrating to ISIS have in common with Westerners who sympathized with communism

Simon Cottee

Video: What Do You Do to Feel More Creative?

Leaders in the media and design worlds reveal how they get inspired.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, Sam Price-Waldman, and Daniel Lombroso

Photo: Hot Summer Days

Images of summer 2015, from Spain to Siberia, France, Canada, China, and more.

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