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The false choice between helping Notre Dame and helping poor people

Qdoba’s Impossible Meat tacos and bowls are 100% meatless

Amazon and Walmart are testing a program to accept food stamps online

The case against solitary confinement

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10 ways to accelerate progress against climate change

Some AI just shouldn’t exist

Scientists: We kept pig brains alive 10 hours after death. Bioethicists: “Holy shit.”

Democrats don’t have to wait for Trump to leave office to cut child poverty

Why the world’s leading AI charity decided to take billions from investors

Future Perfect, explained

Women suffer needless pain because almost everything is designed for men

Modern Monetary Theory, explained

Del Taco’s newest “meat” taco is 100% meatless

Warning people off tainted drinking water may have killed children

AI triumphs against the world’s top pro team in strategy game Dota 2

The WHO just decided the latest Ebola outbreak is not a global emergency

India’s poor don’t want money — they want health care

Scientists added human brain genes to monkeys. Yes, it’s as scary as it sounds.

Are we living in a computer simulation? I don’t know. Probably.

Senate Democrats have coalesced around a big plan to expand tax credits

How do you make sure AI is trustworthy? The EU wrote a checklist.

The man who stopped America’s biological weapons program

It’s disturbingly easy to trick AI into doing something deadly

4 maps that show who’s being left behind in America’s wind-power boom

Finland gave people free money. It increased their trust in social institutions.

How to get better at predicting the future

Exclusive: Google cancels AI ethics board in response to outcry

The AI breakthrough that won the “Nobel Prize of computing”

Should animals, plants, and robots have the same rights as you?

Google’s brand-new AI ethics board is already falling apart

America’s anti-poor tax audits, in one infuriating map

Burger King’s new Whopper is 0% beef. That’s a big deal.

The 3 most promising new methods of male birth control, explained

The family behind OxyContin looked into profiting from solving the crisis they helped cause

A modest proposal to fix elite college admissions after the scandal

Almost everyone got 2016 wrong. We should try to predict 2020 anyway.

China’s crackdown on Muslims is being felt beyond its borders

The government failed to stop the last recession. It can prevent the next one.

The Green New Deal and the case against incremental climate policy

A quarter of Europeans want AI to replace politicians. That’s a terrible idea.

The Sackler family made their fortune in opioids — and museums are rejecting their donations

AI disaster won’t look like the Terminator. It’ll be creepier.

Ecuador legalized gangs. Murder rates plummeted.

Why disaster relief is so hard