We humans are obsessed with the future. It’s likely a benefit of being equipped with a dandy neocortex — you don’t really see other fauna making to-do lists and planning for retirement. But scheduling your week is one thing; making predictions about natural phenomena, like the weather, is quite another. Natural systems are just plain tough to predict, and those who give it a shot run the hazard of being wrong more often than not.

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The US National Science Foundation's new sexual harassment policy is to go into effect next month, according to Nature News.

Researchers report using genotyping to tie together illegal ivory shipments and trace them back to a handful of cartels, the New York Times reports.

Researchers find that historical factors influence which genes are the most highly studied, the Atlantic reports.

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