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Babies born 10 miles apart could represent a life expectancy difference of almost 33 years. Ana Prego/shutterstock.com

Being born in the wrong ZIP code can shorten your life

A person in the US can expect to live an average of 78.8 years. But that number can change by decades depending on the community they come from.
The trade deficit, and how much a country exports or imports, is only part of the story. AP Photo/Reed Saxon

Why trade deficits aren’t so bad

Americans seem to believe trade deficits are a bad thing, partly because of arguments suggesting they mean the US is 'losing.' An economist explains why that's rubbish.
The flood damage from Hurricane Harvey, including this Friendswood, Texas, house, will take years to repair. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Want to help after a disaster? Consider waiting a bit

The urge to provide disaster aid is borne out of the best characteristics of humanity. But it's important to consider when to donate to disaster survivors, along with what and to whom to give.
Loading new furniture donated to Hurricane Irma survivors in Chokoloskee, Fla.

Sending help where it’s needed most after disasters

The billions of dollars worth of aid dispatched every year to alleviate the suffering and damage after earthquakes and hurricanes would do more good if it didn't get clumped up.
Zebrafish are known for their black and gold stripes. NICHD/flickr

How the zebrafish got its stripes

Zebrafish are known for their black and gold stripes, but researchers are still figuring out how pigment cells interact to form these patterns.
A homeless man in Times Square. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

Can Jeff Bezos help the homeless? 4 essential reads

With such an enormous challenge, where would it make sense to start? We looked into our archives for stories on what it would take to eradicate homelessness in the US today.

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