Genetics has us believe that DNA holds the key to a person’s characteristics, but this may be untrue; the Monsanto Protection Act was vanquished in the Senate; meanwhile, scientists blended faces all over the world to show us what an average woman looks like in any given country. These discoveries and more below.
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Let’s Be Honest About Israel’s Nukes
The recent agreement between the United States and Russia on Syria’s chemical weapons made clear what should have been obvious long ago: President Obama’s effort to uphold international norms against weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East will entangle the United States in a diplomatic and strategic maze that is about much more than Syria’s chemical arsenal.