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Finding the best ways to do good. Made possible by The Rockefeller Foundation.

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Battle-tested lessons from the animal rights struggle

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The case for changing the voting age to 0

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Cory Booker was asked about veganism at the debate. He missed an opportunity.

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This AI can pass a 12th-grade standardized science test

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The Democratic debate again neglected one of America’s biggest public health crises

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Kamala Harris’s controversial record on criminal justice, explained

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Facial recognition tech is a problem. Here’s how the Democratic candidates plan to tackle it.

Julián Castro’s quiet moral radicalism

Why MIT Media Lab thought it was doing right by secretly accepting Jeffrey Epstein’s money

Future Perfect, explained

The controversy over Jonathan Franzen’s climate change opinions, explained

Good news: We can totally beat malaria by 2050

Robot priests can bless you, advise you, and even perform your funeral

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122 degrees for days: the looming Phoenix heat wave that could harm thousands

How climate change could bring the Katrina of extreme heat to Arizona.

Mississippi will no longer ban calling veggie burgers “veggie burgers”

Workers need to be part of the conversation about UBI, says “Beaten Down, Worked Up” author Steve Greenhouse

Don’t let the mass shooters win

Alaska’s universal basic income problem

Facebook will finally ask permission before using facial recognition on you

You know the “enhance” function TV cops use on pictures? It’s real now.

Pulling CO2 out of the air and using it could be a trillion-dollar business

The disturbing hypothesis for the sudden uptick in chronic kidney disease

The charitable deduction is mostly for the rich. A new study argues that’s by design.

How I’m using AI to write my next novel

The rise of meatless meat, explained

Brain-reading tech is coming. The law is not ready to protect us.

Are we doing enough to prevent human extinction?

Female scientists are up against a lot of unconscious bias. Here’s how to fight it.

KFC began offering meatless chicken at one store Tuesday. It sold out almost immediately.

People have donated millions to fight the Amazon fires. Will the money help?

The Amazon rainforest’s worst-case scenario is uncomfortably near

We admire these do-gooders. We just don’t want to date them.

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Andrew Yang has a plan to fight climate change with fusion, space mirrors, and coastal retreat

The surprisingly great idea in Bernie Sanders’s Green New Deal: electric school buses

Why governments are bad at facing catastrophic risks — and how they could get better

A Gates-funded program meant to keep low-income students pushed them out instead

China paid Facebook and Twitter to help spread anti-Muslim propaganda

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Julián Castro released an animal welfare plan. It’s good policy — and smart politics.

Mosquitoes might be humanity’s greatest foe. Should we get rid of them?

There’s no conflict between human and animal rights

We’ve worried about overpopulation for centuries. And we’ve always been wrong.

This country gave all its rivers their own legal rights

You have a better chance of achieving “the American dream” in Canada than in America