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Quantum computers could change the world — provided they can work

Qubits, decoherence, and superposition: a guide to the weird and revolutionary world of quantum computers.

The blood-hungry parasite that threatens big fish and business in the Great Lakes

More than a century after they arrived, invasive sea lampreys still threaten the Great Lakes’ $7 billion fishing economy.

An oil industry consultant explains why she’s had enough

She says Shell "blatantly doesn’t care" about climate change.

How the internet gets people to plagiarize each other

Are you "hopping on a trend" or are you plagiarizing?

What we know so far about monkeypox

Hundreds of cases of the rare viral disease have been detected in Europe and North America. Experts are cautiously concerned.

The complicated tension of telling the truth at Cannes

The world’s most glamorous film festival lingers in the tension between celebrating the rich and eating them.

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Why the internet hates Amber Heard

It’s not just Johnny Depp’s fans — it’s Amber Heard’s anti-fans, too. The Atlantic's Kaitlyn Tiffany explains the Depp-ressing social media hate campaign.

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Welcome to the May issue of The Highlight

In this issue: The anti-abortion movement’s post-Roe future, the plant peddlers of Appalachia, the real effect of the child tax credit now that it’s gone, and more.

Florida’s social media free speech law has been blocked for likely violating free speech laws

The Supreme Court just condemned a man to die despite strong evidence he’s innocent

Why Biden’s off-the-cuff comment about defending Taiwan matters

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Pandemic school reopenings were not just about politics

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The profound impact of giving American families a little more cash

Six months of payments lifted millions of children out of poverty. Then they stopped.

The progressive push to oust the last anti-abortion House Democrat, explained

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Stronger public health systems and uniform messaging are critical to fight Covid-19

Why Trump is struggling to take down Georgia’s Brian Kemp

The Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act, explained

Is the center shrinking in the Democratic primaries?

The problem of global energy inequity, explained by American refrigerators

Title 42, the controversial Trump-era border policy, explained

How much longer can Google own the internet?

The Fortress of Solitude is a fraught and uneasy love letter to a vanished Brooklyn

Oklahoma isn’t waiting for the Supreme Court to ban all abortions

Doug Mastriano really believes Trump’s lies about 2020. He also might be Pennsylvania’s next governor.

What Biden’s approach to Asia misses


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Immigration, democracy, and the rise of the Western far right

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Why the Depp-Heard trial is so much worse than you realize

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Why the FDA rejected fluvoxamine as a Covid-19 drug

The messy, Democrat-on-Democrat fight over New York’s congressional map, explained

A wild new court decision would blow up much of the government’s ability to operate

“A lot of unnecessary loss of life”: The White House’s dire warning on Covid-19 funding

The US just deepened its commitment to Ukraine by $40 billion

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One Good Thing: Watching the cherry blossoms in the end times

Why must we pay to have a slightly less miserable time at the airport?

The future of 911 is a little bit creepy

The developing Covid crisis in Beijing, explained

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Why Germany is hooked on Russian gas

New York’s restrictive gun laws didn’t stop the Buffalo shooter

Will philanthropists step up in a world without Roe?

Are microloans encouraging women to join risky multilevel marketing schemes?

Kendrick Lamar’s Auntie Diaries is a clumsy attempt at trans acceptance

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Play-to-earn gaming sounds too good to be true. It probably is.

The video game industry’s clumsy flirtation with Web3 doesn’t feel like it has actual players in mind.