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Hillary Clinton supporters at a Clinton watch party in Austin, Texas. Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP

Voters in Texas, North Carolina, Ohio and Florida are changing the swing state map

How southern accents, Puerto Ricans and bias at the polls could change the map of traditional swing states as we know it.
Centenarian in Tiantou Village, Guangxi, China. ESB Professional/Shutterstock

Is there a natural limit to how long humans can live?

New data suggests humans may not get older than 125 years. But should we take it seriously? Every time a limit to lifespan has been proposed in the past it has been surpassed.
How fast can it get here? Box delivery image via Hadrian / Shutterstock.com

Algorithms can be more fair than humans

Algorithms can discriminate, even when their designers don't intend that to happen. But they also can make detecting bias easier.
Africa contributes the least of any continent to climate change – but it also has the least resources to manage it. Shutterstock

Forecast of global trends suggest heavy headwinds for Africa

Scenarios on global trends over the next 20 years point to some serious challenges for Africa. Whatever actually happens, it's important for the continent to put in place mitigation strategies.

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