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Future Perfect

Finding the best ways to do good.

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How biological detective work can reveal who engineered a virus

How you’ll know when Covid-19 has gone from “pandemic” to “endemic”

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Maybe losing the AI race to China isn’t such a bad idea

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The WHO approval of the first malaria vaccine is a big deal

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When the world actually solved an environmental crisis

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The animals that may exist in a million years, imagined by biologists

Startups are betting on a psychedelic gold rush

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Black-footed ferrets!

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The trillion-dollar coin scheme, explained by the guy who invented it

Self-driving cars: The 21st-century trolley problem

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Why 4 companies control the beef industry

The worst horrors of factory farming could soon be phased out in Europe

Future Perfect, explained

Why you’re not getting a delta-specific booster yet

The Future of Meat

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How does progress happen?

Advice for a young idealist: Find a lonely cause

America’s car crash epidemic

AI’s Islamophobia problem

California is ending a rule that helped cause its housing crisis

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

20 years, $6 trillion, 900,000 lives

Citizen science is booming during the pandemic

The state of the plant-based food industry

America needs to decide how much Covid-19 risk it will tolerate

“It’s a moral obligation”: How a Black bioethicist makes the case for vaccination to people of color

How to develop vaccines faster before the next pandemic

We’ve been radically underestimating the true cost of our carbon footprint

One of the worst public health dangers of the past century has finally been eradicated 

The lab leak hypothesis — true or not — should teach us a lesson

How a cheap antidepressant emerged as a promising Covid-19 treatment

4 lessons from the early pandemic that no longer apply

The economic case for letting in as many refugees as possible

Will the Taliban roll back two decades of public health progress in Afghanistan?

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How the US made affordable homes illegal

We have to accept some risk of Covid-19

The fight over cage-free eggs and bacon in California, explained

What a meatless future could mean for farmers

Delta is surging. Your boss wants you in the office. Is it safe?

The best way to avoid future variants is to vaccinate the world

Breakthrough cases aren’t the cause of the US Covid-19 surge

Can we save the planet by shrinking the economy?

It’s hard to be a moral person. Technology is making it harder.

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