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The false promise of massive tree-planting campaigns

Large tree-planting initiatives often fail — and some have even fueled deforestation. There’s a better way.

Why Democrats desperately need to cut drug prices

Democrats can’t do much on health care if they don’t cut prescription drug costs.

How the iPhone changed everything

Even if you don’t use Apple products, you still live in a world the company completely reshaped.

The largest space telescope in history is about to blow our minds

The James Webb Space Telescope will change how we see the universe.

The case for funding bike infrastructure

It’s about climate change, public health, and economic development.

What the movies of this pandemic reveal

The strange grace of movies made in trying times.

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Haitians at the southern border

Vox’s Nicole Narea explains the latest border crisis, and Ayibopost’s Widlore Mérancourt documents deported Haitians’ return to Port-au-Prince.

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Advice for a young idealist: Find a lonely cause

Getting a Covid-19 test at Walgreens isn’t as much of a privacy risk as it used to be

Elon Musk’s problematic plan for “full self-driving” Teslas

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How America’s hottest city is trying to cool down

SpaceX’s latest mission was an infomercial (for charity)

It’s time to stop describing lifesaving health care as “elective”

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Means testing our patience

Should work requirements still exist for federal tax credits and benefits?

The summer that wasn’t

Why everybody’s hiring but nobody’s getting hired

The redistricting wars

Not much happened at the “Justice for J6” rally. But the far right’s focus is elsewhere.

America’s car crash epidemic

Nuclear subs and a diplomatic blowup: The US-France clash, explained

The Texas GOP sees Haitian migrants in crisis as a political opportunity

AI’s Islamophobia problem

Does everybody need a booster shot?

Apple shut down a voting app in Russia. That should worry everyone.

California is ending a rule that helped cause its housing crisis

The Eyes of Tammy Faye captures the moment the GOP got in bed with the Christian right

The Justice for J6 rally is Trump supporters’ attempt at revisionist history

Dirty air can be deadly. Here’s how to protect yourself.

The meditative empathy of Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi

Peloton star Cody Rigsby, explained by his biggest fans 

The dubious rise of ivermectin as a Covid-19 treatment, explained

It’s getting harder for people to believe that Facebook is a net good for society

The housing crisis is the top concern for urban residents

The pandemic has created a nation of insomniacs