U.S. officials have finally publicly stated a fact about Israel many already feared was true; researchers are starting to study the effects of the internet on education; and Latin America’s leaders are taking Venezuela’s side in its recent rift with the United States. These discoveries and more below:

It’s Official: The Pentagon Finally Admitted That Israel Has Nuclear Weapons, Too While the Washington press corps obsessed over Hillary Clinton’s emails at the State Department, reporters were missing a far more important story about government secrets.

What Caused the Cambrian Explosion? Science can now understand far better one of the previously intractable problems in evolutionary biology: the origin of novelty.

Newer Studies Say Online Instruction Neither Harms Nor Benefits the Average University Student But growing a body of evidence shows that lower-achieving students are harmed.

Don’t Blame Students for Being Hypersensitive. Blame Colleges. Colleges are selling the campus itself as a “safe space.”

Where’s the ‘Dreariest’ Place in America? Gloomy cities with tons of rain and clouds include Seattle, Portland and Buffalo.

Bali’s Bamboo Architecture Is Sustainable—and Spectacular With recent breakthroughs in insecticide treatment, the material now appears to be a viable alternative to timber.

Balthus’ Soft-Core Polaroids Splash Down in Paris An exhibit that violates the privacy of a young girl and a dead artist. Or not.

Rise of the Clutterologists Collectors are insane. The point has been made many times, many ways.

The Problem of Professionalization In the arts and sciences, we can no longer afford to view the word “professional” with disdain.

Barney Frank’s ‘Stupidest’ Decision One of the “stupidest” decisions Barney Frank ever made, he says in his new memoir, “Frank: A Life in Politics,” was bringing Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara to Harvard in the fall of 1966, at the height of the Vietnam War.

Latin American Leaders Back Venezuela Over U.S. Spat Members of the Alba regional group expressed their support for Venezuela on Tuesday in the face of increasing tensions between the United States and Venezuela.

Internet Seen as Positive Influence on Education but Negative on Morality in Emerging and Developing Nations As more people around the world gain access to all the tools of the digital age, the Internet will play a greater role in everyday life.

Mother Jones: Staffer Arrested Photographing Prison Mother Jones magazine confirmed Wednesday that one of its journalists was arrested while photographing a privately run prison in Louisiana where a second reporter was working undercover.

Your support matters…

Independent journalism is under threat and overshadowed by heavily funded mainstream media.

You can help level the playing field. Become a member.

Your tax-deductible contribution keeps us digging beneath the headlines to give you thought-provoking, investigative reporting and analysis that unearths what's really happening- without compromise.

Give today to support our courageous, independent journalists.