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Why an Air Force colonel — and many other experts — are so worried about the existential risk of AI

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The Aubrey Plaza ad for Big Dairy that may have violated federal law, explained

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Why we need a Memorial Day for civilian victims of war

One of the world’s most controversial philosophers explains himself

UN numbers say meat is bad for the climate. The reality is worse.

A message just arrived from outer space. Can you decode it?

Can you safely build something that may kill you?

Why immigration policy is so inhumane

The psychedelic renaissance is at risk of missing the bigger picture

Black-footed ferrets!

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Half the world is at risk of dengue. Why is there no universal way to prevent it?

Undercover audio of a Tyson employee reveals “free-range” chicken is meaningless

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Prop 12 is a win against factory farming. But the pigs’ lives will still suck.

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

Eat more beans. Please.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is somehow the best animal rights movie of the year

How a warming planet — and a graying population — could keep inflation high for years

An actress holding a glass of what looks like milk and sporting a milk mustache.

The Future of Meat

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Don’t let AI fears of the future overshadow present-day causes

At the Kentucky Derby, horses are worked to death for human vanity

The nationalist dark side of Joe Biden’s climate policies

Please don’t turn to ChatGPT for moral advice. Yet.

Mind-reading technology has arrived

Why the world should celebrate Smallpox Eradication Day

How “enlightened selfishness” can lead to a more fulfilling marriage

Save the male chicks

Will having the world’s biggest population make this the “Indian Century”?

The blithe cruelty of the GOP push for Medicaid work requirements

Can a 50-year-old treaty still keep the world safe from the changing threat of bioweapons?

What could actually kill us all?

One big idea that could prevent thousands of gun deaths

Bringing back woolly mammoths and dodos is a bad idea

How new vaccine technologies could reduce the massive death toll from malaria

The US foreign aid budget could do a lot more good. This House bill wants to force it to.

Are 8 billion people too many — or too few? 

Why we should run elite college admissions like a lottery

Let’s talk about the biggest cause of the West’s water crisis

Lab-grown blood could (one day, maybe) save your life

Were the Impossible and Beyond burgers a fad, or is plant-based meat here to stay?

A fire killed 18,000 cows in Texas. It’s a horrifyingly normal disaster.

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Finally, a realistic roadmap for getting AI companies in check

The one number that determines how today’s policies will affect our grandchildren