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In May 2014, Richard A. Warshak explored how a real-life trauma may have impacted Batman's creator and shaped the troubled hero.
In August 1989, Paul Fussell wrote an unflinching examination of World War II.
The year you were born, James Marshall responded to Albert Jay Nock's earlier article, entitled "The Jewish Problem in America," arguing that the true problem the country faced was intolerance.
In March 2013, Megan Garber explained how the Soviet Union used a crash-test dummy to ensure safe human space travel.
Over the years, the moon landing has come to be lauded as the pinnacle of human achievement, although it was often derided at the time. In 1963, NASA astronauts took to The Atlantic to plead the case for landing on the moon.
In October 2010, Cristine Russell wrote about the practice of in vitro fertilization (IVF) becoming more common.
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With NASA's Cassini-Huygens mission in 2005, humans landed a probe in the outer reaches of the solar system for the first time, a moment Ross Andersen called the most glorious mission in the history of planetary science.
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In January 2016, Molly Ball wrote about Sanders's ascendance in the primaries that year.
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