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The Mysteries of Animal Movement

David Hu was changing his infant son’s diaper when he got the idea for a study that eventually won him the Ig Nobel prize. No, not the Nobel Prize — the Ig Nobel prize, which bills itself as a reward for “achievements that make people laugh, then think.” As male ...

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Did You Vote? Now Your Friends May Know (and Nag You)

My dentist, a registered Republican, did not vote in the last midterm elections, in 2014. But the owner of my local bookstore, a registered Democrat, did vote then. So did my accountant, who is not registered with either party. I know these details not because the dentist, the bookseller and ...

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We Asked for Examples of Election Misinformation. You Delivered.

Two months ago, The New York Times asked readers to send in examples of election-related misinformation they saw online. Readers responded. In all, more than 4,000 examples of misinformation were submitted to The Times from social media feeds, text-messaging apps and email accounts. Each legitimate submission was vetted by reporters ...

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Senior Google Lobbyist Is Stepping Down From Her Role

WASHINGTON — Susan Molinari, who leads Google’s federal lobbying and policy effort and is a former Republican congresswoman from New York, is stepping down from her role at the company. The change, during a turbulent time for Google, is the latest indication of a shake-up at the company’s large Washington ...

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How We Cover Elections: Live Polling

In an effort to shed more light on how we work, The Times is running a series of short posts explaining some of our journalistic practices. Read more of this series here. For the 2018 midterm elections, The Upshot partnered with Siena College to conduct polls in key districts and ...

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The Week in Tech: Social Media Ugliness Hits Home

The big social networks have, of course, been trying to confront the spread of divisive news and misinformation on their platforms. Facebook’s quarterly financial results, which it announced on Tuesday, showed a slowdown in revenue that appears to have been caused, at least in part, by the company’s efforts to ...

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