A scene from Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan.
Maps can be an invaluable tool in a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis. A pilot project trained Syrian refugees at a Jordan camp to create their own.
China hopes to make more microprocessor chips in China, which makes it a great industry to lead a boycott.
If companies in key industries collectively shunned the Chinese market, that would force China's leaders to take notice, with less risk of blowback.
A cargo ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge outside San Francisco.
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The maritime pollution that drifts to dry land, causes an estimated 400,000 premature deaths and 14 million cases of childhood asthma each year.
A screenshot from the Deadspin montage, which featured news anchors repeating the same script decrying ‘fake news.’
In many cases, the mistreatment of TV anchors has become the story – at the expense of bigger questions about corporate ownership.
David and Elizabeth Weinlick, a Minnesota couple who began their life together through an arranged marriage.
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The two cultural norms, which may on the surface seem completely different, are starting to converge.
A coronal mass ejection erupts from the sun in 2012.
The wired Earth of the 21st century is at the mercy of the volatile nature of the sun.
Grid-scale energy storage systems may make it easier to rely completely on renewable energy.
Saving power to use later lets consumers, businesses and utilities generate energy when it's cheap and deliver it when they need it most. There's not much of it today, but the industry is growing fast.
What caused this bridge to collapse?
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When structures collapse, what's involved in finding out what really happened?
Less than a third of biographical entries on Wikipedia are about women.
Wikipedia's coverage on women is less comprehensive, and its volunteer editor base is mostly male. What can be done to change the numbers?
Foreign goods wait to be unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles.
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A global trade war seems well underway as China and the US exchange targeted tariff attacks. An economist explains what they are, how they work and why they matter.
Worshippers at Ash Wednesday mass.
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Churches started to use ashes early as the ninth century as a symbol of repentance. In 1091, Pope Urban II ritualized their use to mark the beginning of Lent. Today, churches provide 'ashes to go.'
Solar and wind compete with coal power plants when it comes to energy storage systems.
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Energy storage, such as big batteries, on the power grid is generally seen as 'green' technology but the reality is more complicated, an analysis finds.
New research shows that computers, streaming video and other digital technologies are helping Americans spend more time at home and less out shopping and commuting, yielding measurable energy savings.
There’s lots to do when a car is driving itself.
Letting cars drive themselves could save some people huge amounts of time. What might they do when they would have been driving?
As more wind turbines have been put in place, the cost of wind energy has gone down.
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If history is a guide, policies that promote wind power expansion will lead to lower prices – potentially beating fossil fuels in the US by 2030.
In an emergency, responders’ telecommunications could get delayed by overloaded networks.
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A new data management system can give emergency responders a fast lane on the internet to help speed rescue efforts after a disaster.
Members of Patriotic Millionaires, whose privileged members advocate for higher taxes on the rich, met with lawmakers in this 2015 photo to discuss legislation to close the carried interest loophole.
When the wealthy become unlikely allies in the fight against inequality, they often take similar steps. It all starts with acknowledging their own privileges.
Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke Lamp, viewed from below at London’s Park Plaza Hotel.
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We asked five design experts – what's your favorite product of all time, and why?
It’s not just you suffering from overcooled offices.
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Poor thermostat settings are making people uncomfortable and wasting hundreds of millions of dollars, an analysis shows. What can be done about this?
When it comes to TV use energy, calling one household ‘average’ can be misleading.
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People who watch a lot of TV consume a disproportionate amount of electricity so we should tailor energy efficiency incentive programs to these and other big energy users.