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This one involves the Blizzard of ‘78.
Puzzled | Aloni Cohen, Sunoo Park and Adam Sealfon
In secret communications, as in life, you don’t always get a clear set of instructions.
IDEAS | BETH WOLFENSBERGER SINGER
The princess gets some help preparing for the Inauguration.
IDEAS | SAGE STOSSEL
The National Cannabis Industry Association held its “Cannabis Caucus” in Cambridge.
Ideas | David M. Shribman
There is a new identity group in American life. It’s the white working class.
Ideas | Adam Tanner
The rapid adoption of electronic medical records hasn’t proved the cure-all that tech evangelists promised.
IDEAS | Tonny Onyulo
Most Kogelo residents are thankful for the nongovernmental organizations that have descended on the village to address poverty, lack of shelter, and other problems common to rural Kenya.
How ants use crowdsourced decision-making to run their colony.
“Tough” faces, “attractive” faces, and more factors that seem to determine relationships.
Ugh, rats on the street.
What readers can expect from the Globe’s editorial pages in 2017.
The Globe’s editorial board looks back at 2016.
Can simple adjustments overcome an aversion to algorithms?
Matchmaking based on voice recordings, obesity’s influence on academics, and more.
Ideas | A.J.B. Lane
A short time ago, in a city not so far, far away (i.e. Cambridge) ...
Ideas | Ann Berwick
Despite a few positive developments, too much damage has already been done.
Ideas | Jacob Haqq-Misra
It’ll be highly ironic if, instead of curbing the flow of immigrants, Donald Trump’s climate policy ends up accelerating it.
Ideas | Thanassis Cambanis
In the next Cold War, America must once again contend with Russian power.
Does our language shape our worldview, or does our worldview shape our language?
cartoon | BETH WOLFENSBERGER SINGER
What are all these classic Christmas movies really about?
The aftermath of a devastating fire.
Ideas | Ray Cavanaugh
Siberia has more than 700,000 reindeer. It’s led to overgrazing, increased risk of anthrax, and so-called zombie diseases.
Drug use, interrogations, and supply-side economics in this week’s Uncommon Knowledge.
An examination of some of the words and terms that defined 2016.
IDEAS | CASS R. SUNSTEIN
People support policies because they think other people support them — as Donald Trump seems to know.
A look at some of the terms that defined, propelled, and illustrated our year.
As 2016 closes, the big debate raging on copy desks across the country is whether and how to use “alt-right.”
What the pumpkin-spice obsession was to consumables in 2016, the “rigged” label was to politics.
Conservatives and environmentalists are generally at odds these days, but new research suggests that much of this disagreement heals with time.
In April, over 30 years of confidential legal documents were stolen from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
It is a term forever tarnished by its association with con men, grifters, and politicians.
Are you woke?
French designer Louis Réard named his 1946 swimsuit the bikini after the Pacific atoll where atomic bombs were then being tested.
The sudden emergence of fentanyl as a deadly street drug got a grim confirmation in April.
This year, Zika fought well above its weight class.
One lyric from her breakup anthem “Sorry” made us prick up our ears.
Scientists tried to identify every chemical to create a lifestyle profile that tells us what the cellphone owner likes to eat, wear, and do.
IDEAS | BETH WOLFENSBERGER SINGER
In the central core of Hell, you won’t need your ice scraper.
Enduring a motorcycle crash.
Ideas | Thomas Levenson
The United States has long had the world’s most successful scientific research establishment, built and mostly sustained with federal money.
Ideas | David Scharfenberg
Does our liberal democracy need an illiberal defense?
Interjections comprise a huge category of words.
Scientists separate batches of bone fragments by layers of the archaeological site, then grind them together into a powder and extract the DNA.
Visiting the shrink on Marlborough Street.
Do young people marry just for the health insurance?
Ideas | Sage Stossel
The recovery begins after a massive blaze.