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Vocabulary ‘Fitbits’ Are Changing How Babies Learn Words


The devices could help close the language gap between kids from wealthy and low-income families.

Tasmania’s ‘Super-Kelp’ Is Making CO2 Vanish into the Ocean


These towering seaweed forests are amazing climate change fighters. Now scientists are stepping in to make them even stronger.

We Know How to Fix Student Debt


The U.S. government spends more on higher education than many countries where students graduate with far less debt. Is there a better way?

Nuns Convince Wall Street to Create $130 Million Climate Change Fund


Sixteen congregations of Dominican nuns are collaborating with Morgan Stanley to invest in marginalized communities impacted by global warming.

The San Francisco Housing Policy That’s Stopping Displacement


In the city’s Mission District, renters are collectively buying their buildings before they get priced out.

Edmonton’s New Parking Rule Is an Urban Planner’s Dream


For the first time, a major Canadian city won’t require space for cars on any property.

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‘Microcredentials’ Are Changing the Pandemic Job Hunt


Some universities are offering college credits as industry-recognized certificates instead, allowing students to use them in the job market long before they graduate.

How to Keep Going


Embracing uncertainty may be the survival tactic that gets us through this.

Wine Country’s Farmworkers Are Staying Healthy Against All Odds


Populated by seasonal laborers, Oregon’s Willamette Valley could have been devastated by the coronavirus. Instead, it’s become a model for how to keep workers safe.

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The World Is Changing — So Can We


The pandemic is revealing the many ways our lives intersect. Is this an opportunity for us to reimagine what we can be?

Can We All Be Like Texas?


How a conservative, oil-pumping state became one of the world’s biggest generators of wind power.

The Coronavirus-Proof Nation


Taiwan has built a pragmatic, solutions-oriented society where democracy is expected to deliver results. Amid the pandemic, it’s paying off.