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16 big predictions about 2019, from Trump’s impeachment to the rise of AI

The best 10-Year Challenge yet belongs to humanity

We regret to inform you that aliens are probably not trying to talk to us

Microcredit was a hugely hyped solution to global poverty. What happened?

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The philosophical problem of killing baby Hitler, explained

The Ebola outbreak in Eastern Congo is moving toward a major city. That’s not good.

Future Perfect, explained

Science funding is a mess. Could grant lotteries make it better?

We could end factory farming this century

Americans are now more likely to die from opioid overdoses than car crashes

What Alex Berenson’s new book gets wrong about marijuana, psychosis, and violence

The book, Tell Your Children, has received a lot of media attention, but it’s essentially Reefer Madness 2.0.

Gavin Newsom’s ambitious plan to cut poverty in California

“Ag-gag laws” hide the cruelty of factory farms from the public. Courts are striking them down.

The American public is already worried about AI catastrophe

Democrats need to think way bigger on guns

The US always picks the World Bank president. It’s time for that to end.

We’re making real progress against cancer. But you may not know it if you’re poor.

Despite an opioid crisis, most ERs don’t offer addiction treatment. California is changing that.

This is what it looks like when we stop treating addiction as a moral failure.

Study: Head Start improves kids’ lives. But we’re still finding out just how.

The World Bank’s controversial president just resigned

The scientist who tried to be as selfless as possible, until it killed him

Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong

Here are the ways nature could wipe out humanity

Why fixing the US bail system is tricky

2018’s big wins — and big losses — for animals

The simple idea that could help end America’s opioid epidemic

Study: the kidney shortage kills more than 40,000 people a year

I was a Make-A-Wish Foundation skeptic. A new study says I was wrong.

Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad

What made solar panels so cheap? Thank government policy.

This is exactly how a nuclear war would kill you

Winters are warming faster than summers. These US cities could lose weeks of freezing days by 2050.

The dire consequences of having fewer days below freezing, explained.

These are the charities where your money will do the most good

The year vegan junk food went mainstream

The case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity

Why some people fear AI, explained.

One simple change the government could make to encourage kidney donation

It’s hard to design good policies. This simple idea can help governments do it.

Climate change policy can be overwhelming. Here’s a guide to the ideas that work.

Dog and cat meat are now, finally, illegal

The Trump Foundation shows just how preposterously light our oversight of charity is

“Impact investment” funds advertise great returns and social impacts. They aren’t delivering.

Trump’s perhaps correct critique of the Federal Reserve, explained

The Senate’s criminal justice reform bill is not an “overhaul.” It’s a first step.

The Senate just passed criminal justice reform