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The homeless crisis is getting worse in America’s richest cities

December 3rd, 2018 at 7:33 am » Comments Off

A toxic combination of slow wage growth and skyrocketing rents has put housing out of reach for a greater number of people. Daniel Olguin, 28, works on his computer in the front of his van, while his wife, Mary, 26, checks on their almost-2-year-old child in the back. The couple, who have a band called […]



Air pollution cuts two years off global average lifespan, says study

November 29th, 2018 at 1:25 pm » Comments Off

A woman wearing a mask walks along a street in smog-hit Beijing. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP Air pollution cuts the average lifespan of people around the globe by almost two years, analysis shows, making it the single greatest threat to human health. The research looked at the particulate pollution produced by the burning of fossil fuels […]



There’s new evidence giving cash to the poor is more transformative than we thought

November 27th, 2018 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

When it comes to poverty alleviation in the developing world, cash transfer schemes have been at the center of a difficult debate. For years, donor agencies and governments were urged to integrate the poor into their economies by providing them with a basic amount of cash. Yet those programs have been dogged by controversies, with […]



The father of the internet wants to save the web from itself

November 16th, 2018 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the Internet, sits in front of a 1994 computer displaying his creation. Twenty-nine years ago, as the architect behind the web’s first browser and server, Tim Berners-Lee built the internet. ”I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities, and collaborate […]



50 U.S. States ranked by how fat their people are, according to scientific data (There are some big surprises)

November 14th, 2018 at 1:55 am » Comments Off

Sorry, Mississippi. A new study ranks all 50 states plus the District of Columbia by how fat their residents are. And there are some real surprises. Across the United States, a staggering 70 percent of people are either overweight or obese. It’s part of what drives the $66 billion weight loss industry, which is always […]



Study: Almost half of new cancer patients lose their entire life savings

October 31st, 2018 at 9:38 am » Comments Off

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Medicine, 42% of new cancer patients lose their entire life savings in two years because of treatment. The same study found that 62% of cancer patients are in debt because of their treatment.



Can’t find an affordable home? Try living in a pod

October 29th, 2018 at 8:21 am » Comments Off

It’s dorm life for adults: A PodShare co-living building in Venice Beach, Calif., where dorm beds go for about $1,400 per month with shared kitchens and bathrooms. The cost of housing is out of reach for many residents in cities such as Los Angeles and Seattle. One solution is called co-living, and it looks a […]



Deepfakes: The dawn of the Post-truth era

October 28th, 2018 at 9:58 am » Comments Off

For about 200,000 years, modern humans have relied on our eyes and ears to separate truth from lies and fact from fiction. Even if we ignore the rise of fake news (and how difficult it is to do anything about it), technology (like deep learning) is on the verge of making it impossible to know […]



Ocean plastic is a huge problem. Blockchain could be part of the solution.

October 26th, 2018 at 9:59 am » Comments Off

It’s all about stopping the flow of plastic into the marine environment. Plastic Bank uses blockchain and cryptocurrency technology to give people living in impoverished areas an incentive to recycle. The world’s oceans are awash in plastic, and the problem is only getting worse. Each year, 8 million metric tons of plastic debris ends up […]



Scientists turn nuclear waste into diamond batteries

October 24th, 2018 at 9:50 am » Comments Off

They’ll reportedly last for thousands of years. This technology may someday power spacecraft, satellites, high-flying drones, and pacemakers. Nuclear energy is carbon free, which makes it an attractive and practical alternative to fossil fuels, as it doesn’t contribute to global warming. We also have the infrastructure for it already in place. It’s nuclear waste that […]



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