Scientists studying nuclear storage have to consider how future ice sheets might impact places like Finland or Canada. One method of research is to examine existing ice sheets in Greenland, similar to the one shown here, and look for analogies across space and time. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Pondering 'Deep Time' While Musing On Climate Change

Using different times and places to stand in for one another — reasoning by analogy — could help us adjust our views toward time and our environment, suggests anthropologist Vincent F. Ialenti.

In order to secure a career as a stunt woman, Georgia Durante would show up on Hollywood film sets asking for work. At first, directors ignored her. Then they saw her drive. Courtesy of Georgia Durante hide caption

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My Big Break

Mafia Wife, Getaway Driver, Stunt Woman: From The Underworld To Hollywood

Georgia Durante's career as a stunt driver has led to roles in car commercials and movies. But before the bright lights of Hollywood, the former model was speeding away from a dark past.

Amy Landecker and Jeffrey Tambor are two of the stars of Transparent, in which Tambor's character comes out as transgender to her three adult children. Beth Dubber/Amazon Studios hide caption

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Television

In 'Transparent,' Transgender Issues Are A Family Affair

Amazon Studios' Transparent features a slate of well-known actors playing a family dealing with the revelation that the person they'd known as Mort, their father, is a transgender woman.

A Syrian family waits near the Turkish-Syrian border after entering Turkey near the town of Sanliurfa Sunday. An estimated 70,000 Syrian Kurds have fled the extremist group the Islamic State this weekend. Ulas Yunus Tosun/EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Thousands Of Refugees Flee Syria In Chaotic Scene At Turkey's Border

While a U.N. agency reported about 70,000 refugees this weekend, a Turkish official says 100,000 Syrians have entered Turkey in the past week. Fighters from ISIS are closing in on the border.

At a cybersecurity conference in Tel Aviv on Sept. 14, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the 43 Unit 8200 refusniks of "baseless slander" which "should be condemned." Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Snowden Reveal Makes Israeli Spies' Protest An American Issue

Forty-three veterans of Unit 8200, Israel's secretive surveillance organization, say they were directed to spy indiscriminately on Palestinians. Were they using intelligence gathered by the NSA?

Sisters of the Servants of Mary from Kansas City, Kan., at a rally in 2012. Catholic employers don't want to offer insurance coverage for contraceptives, but Catholic insurance companies have quietly arranged for coverage for years. John Hanna/AP hide caption

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Health Care

Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers

Catholic universities and hospitals argue they shouldn't have to offer contraceptive coverage, but many Catholic insurance companies have been making it available for years.

Ugandan gay-rights activist John Abdallah Wambere, right, embraces attorney Janson Wu, after announcing his application for asylum in May. The U.S. government has now formally recommended Wambere's application for approval. Josh Reynolds/AP hide caption

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World

Ugandan LGBT Activist Recommended For Asylum In U.S.

John Abdallah Wambere applied for asylum in the U.S. after Uganda passed a harsh anti-gay law earlier this year. His application has now been recommended for approval, pending a background check.

Members of the Mehdi Army militia, which once fought U.S. forces in Iraq, take part in training in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on June 17. The militia's fighters now find themselves allied with the U.S. against the self-declared Islamic State. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

U.S., Iraqi Militias Join In Uneasy Alliance

Shiite militias that once fought bitterly against U.S. forces in Iraq are now the beneficiaries of American airstrikes against the Islamic State. There's distrust all around.

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