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Staff Favorites: Our 10 Best Stories Of 2017

A Call To Philosophers: Join The Fray, Help Fix Our World

Our era of authoritarian rulers and "alternative facts' makes the guiding light of philosophy more vital than ever.

SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG



Xi Jinping's Dream Megacity To Burnish His Legacy

Ground has been broken on the signature domestic project of the Chinese leader's next term. It is meant to be a massive model city of innovation, forever linked to Xi's Chinese Dream.

LES ECHOS



After 40 Years, Bidding Adieu To Versailles

Béatrix Saule knows the Palace like the back of her hand. About to retire, she tells all — from introducing vacuums to handling selfies problems, to her "views' on contemporary art.

LE FIGARO


How Death Makes Us Human — For Now

Thinking of death is inherent to being human. Technological advances, like so many human activities, reflect our desire to avoid it. But that may all be bound to change.

CLARIN



Your Ego Online, Psychoanalysis In The Social Media Age

Because the narcissist boom, the symptom of our times, will never give access to the desire and the secret of the being. Screenwriting your life online will never stem anxiety.

LE MONDE



Generation Putin, Taking The Temperature Of Russian Youth

Ahead of next year's presidential election, where Vladimir Putin will seek a fourth term, young people in Russia are divided over the country's future.

KOMMERSANT



How Did Turkey Become Isolated So Quickly?

It wasn't long ago that Turkey was a nation envied around the world for growing freedoms and a growing economy. Things have changed fast.

CUMHURIYET



In Turin, Good News Buried With A Lover's Bench

Riding their bicycles along the banks of the Po river last Sunday, a university professor and his wife came upon a scene that caught their attention.

LA STAMPA



Part I: When President Trump Meets President Macron

Part II: When President Trump Met President Le Pen

Three months before the French presidential election, Worldcrunch's Marc Alves imagined the two possible outcomes for our True Fiction series. Enlightening reads, particularly in hindsight.

TRUE FICTION

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Injecting Feminism Into Science Is A Good Thing — For Science

Feminists have generated a set of tools to make science less biased and more robust. Why don’t more scientists use it?

As objective as any man

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Rachel E. Gross

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In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a mystery played out across news headlines: Men, it seemed, were dying of infection at twice the rate of women. To explain this alarming disparity, researchers looked to innate biological differences between the sexes — for instance, protective levels of sex hormones, or distinct male-female immune responses. Some even went so far as to test the possibility of treating infected men with estrogen injections.

This focus on biological sex differences turned out to be woefully inadequate, as a group of Harvard-affiliated researchers pointed out earlier this year. By analyzing more than a year of sex-disaggregated COVID-19 data, they showed that the gender gap was more fully explained by social factors like mask-wearing and distancing behaviors (less common among men) and testing rates (higher among pregnant women and health workers, who were largely female).

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