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The Computer Designed to Last

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Repairable, upgradable computers are here, and could make your next laptop something you own for a very long time.

U.S. Homebuyers Could Soon Get Help with the Down Payment

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The social spending bill includes funding — proven to work in other countries — that would help millions buy their first home.

Tulsa’s $10,000 Offer to Remote Workers Is Paying Off

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Some 1,200 workers have moved to the city, and it looks like most plan to stay.

Secret Hand Gestures Are Fighting Violence Against Women and Teens

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A signal promoted on TikTok that led to a girl’s rescue in Kentucky is the latest sly method for combating abuse.

Every Battery Is a Treasure Box

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A tsunami of spent EV batteries is coming, and the effort to recover the valuable materials inside them is already underway.

Why I’ll Leave Prison Ready for a Green-Collar Career

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At the Florida prison where I reside, incarcerated folks are training each other for stable, well-paying jobs in sustainable industries.

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Build Your Own Dialysis Machine!

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In clinics and hospitals around the world, doctors and nurses turn household objects into medical instruments. MIT’s Little Devices Lab is giving them the tools to build even better.

Putting Parks over Pavement

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Urban neighborhoods that were severed decades ago by massive highways are finally being sewn back together by public spaces designed to reconnect and heal.

Britain Is Pioneering the Menopause-Friendly Workplace

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The rarely discussed condition that forces women to scale back their careers is finally getting the equity treatment.

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Would You Compost Your Body to Create Life after Death?

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Three U.S. states have legalized “natural organic reduction,” in which the dead are returned to the earth to help nourish its growth. 

France Is Freeing Fruit and Veg from Its Plastic Prison

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Under a new law, a large portion of the country’s produce will no longer be sold in single-use plastic containers.

Milan Is Winning the Fight Against Food Waste

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The city’s groundbreaking “zero waste” strategy aims to leave no meal behind.

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