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When people who are split on abortion speak directly with each other, various good outcomes – including policy change – can happen. Vector Illustration

There’s reason for people on opposing sides of abortion to talk, even if they disagree – it helps build respect, understanding and can lead to policy change

When ideological enemies talk across their great divides, something good can happen – it reduces stereotypes and inflammatory language directed at people who don’t agree on the abortion rights issue.
Un administrateur français pendant une tournée à travers le Congo français en 1905. J. Audema, Wikipedia

Fiscalité des États africains : le poids de l’héritage colonial

La France avait mis en place une lourde politique fiscale visant à faire financer la colonisation par les territoires africains. Après les indépendances, cet héritage a été largement conservé.
Une explosion dans le massif du Hoggar en mars 1963, soit Émeraude (le 18 mars) soit Améthyste (le 30 mars). ©Photographe inconnu/ECA/ECPAD/Défense/F63-115 RC19

Les obstinations nucléaires des dirigeants français en Algérie indépendante

La France a utilisé le Sahara algérien pour effectuer ses premiers essais nucléaires. Un choix qui irrite le tout jeune État algérien, dont l’indépendance date du 5 juillet 1962.
Words can have a powerful effect on people, even when they’re generated by an unthinking machine. iStock via Getty Images

Google’s powerful AI spotlights a human cognitive glitch: Mistaking fluent speech for fluent thought

Fluent expression is not always evidence of a mind at work, but the human brain is primed to believe so. A pair of cognitive linguistics experts explain why language is not a good test of sentience.
People navigate cities in much the same way animals navigate their environments. Max Böhme/Unsplash

Cellphone data shows that people navigate by keeping their destinations in front of them – even when that’s not the most efficient route

As you’re walking through city streets on your way to work, school or appointments, you probably feel like you’re taking the most efficient route. Thanks to evolution, you’re probably not.
Temperatures in normally warm Texas plunged into the teens in February 2021, knocking out power for a population unaccustomed to cold, with deadly consequences. Thomas Shea / AFP via Getty Images

How Arctic warming can trigger extreme cold waves like the Texas freeze – a new study makes the connection

Counter to what you might expect, events like the February cold wave that froze Texas can actually become more likely with global warming.
Government policies sparked rapid growth and technology innovation in solar energy, wind energy and battery markets. Michael Hall/Getty Images

Technology innovation gives government leverage to drive down emissions fast – here’s how

Technology innovation is one of the Biden administration’s most powerful tools for accelerating progress on climate change. Recent successes in renewable energy and batteries show how this can work.
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Derechos digitales para proteger a los ciudadanos de los riesgos de la tecnología

La digitalización y la complejidad del tiempo presente, y futuro, exigen que repensemos la regulación en relación a la tecnología y se evalúe si necesitamos nuevos derechos digitales.
A car that was washed away floats close to the banks of the Jukskei River in Alexandra Township after floodwaters ravaged the area on November 10, 2016. Gulshan Khan/AFP via Getty Images

Disaster management models need adjusting: a case study in South Africa explains why

Local government and humanitarian actors are faced with tough choices of prioritising, managing and balancing resources, locations and constituencies.

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