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Future Perfect

Finding the best ways to do good.

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Are 8 billion people too many — or too few? 

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The incredible shrinking future of college

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How one man quietly stitched the American safety net over four decades

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Will America continue to turn away from vaccines?

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Sam Bankman-Fried tries to explain himself

Poor countries are developing a new paradigm of mental health care. America is taking note.

AI experts are increasingly afraid of what they’re creating

How to make Covid the last pandemic

Vaccinate the turkeys (and the chickens)

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Humans finally figured out how to make it rain

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The Future of Meat

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Sen. Cory Booker has a plan to stop taxpayer bailouts of Big Meat 

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Future Perfect, explained

How to eat less meat: A practical guide

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The collapse of FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried’s shocking downfall

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The world to come

Earth’s population passed 8 billion this month — now what? Plus: the rise of an anti-vaccine America, the looming dangers of superintelligent AI, the shifting landscape of higher ed, and more.

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The midterm culture war over plant-based meat

FDA approval puts lab-grown meat one step closer to your dinner plate

Effective altruism gave rise to Sam Bankman-Fried. Now it’s facing a moral reckoning.

Democrats have to head off another debt ceiling standoff while they still can

How to slash carbon emissions while growing the economy, in one chart

Billionaires are a dual-use technology

Biden’s hugely consequential high-tech export ban on China, explained by an expert

Malawi scientists have a plan to fight one of their country’s biggest killers


Batteries are dirty. Geothermal power can help.

Forget tainted candy: The scariest thing on Halloween is parked in your driveway

60 years ago today, this man stopped the Cuban missile crisis from going nuclear

The shrinking ozone hole shows that the world can actually solve an environmental crisis

How to read a controversial preprint paper on Covid’s origins

What is an animal’s life worth?

We tasted Beyond Meat’s new plant-based steak tips. Here’s how they measure up to the real thing.

Inside the fantastical, pragmatic quest to make “hybrid” meat

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Introducing the Future Perfect 50

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The Future Perfect 50

The scientists, thinkers, scholars, writers, and activists building a more perfect future.

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Why do labs keep making dangerous viruses?

Some people launder money. Other people launder cattle.

Now is the best time in human history to be alive (unless you’re an animal)

The real source of Puerto Rico’s woes

The Supreme Court is about to decide the fate of millions of pigs

The Russian nuclear threat, explained

There’s something missing from the White House’s AI ethics blueprint

This year’s physics Nobel Prize went to pioneers in quantum tech. Here’s how their work could change the world.