In the World’s Fastest Drummer, Scientists See a Bionics Breakthrough

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The same A.I. technology that runs Jason Barnes’ prosthetic arm can teach people how to read Braille or play the piano in a matter of hours.

Palm Oil Is the Worst. Could This Replace It?

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Environmentally destructive palm oil is in countless products. Sustainable yeast oil offers a tantalizing alternative.

Abandoned Oil Rigs Are Actually Helping the Oceans

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Properly maintained, their towering pylons often become an ideal habitat for endangered marine life.

How Norway Popularized an Ultra-Sustainable Heating Method

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No other country has more heat pumps per capita, a cheap, highly efficient tool to keep homes warm — and carbon footprints small.

Police Are Keeping Mugshots Locked Away for Justice’s Sake

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Mugshots imply guilt and live online forever. Now fewer of them are being released.

With This Company’s Support, Women Are Escaping Their Abusers

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Brazil’s largest retailer takes extraordinary steps to help employees impacted by domestic violence.

Seattle’s Soda Tax Worked Like a Charm

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A study showed that consumers cut way back on pop — and didn’t buy other sugary products as a substitute.

Want Drastic Climate Action? Maybe It’s Time to Sue the Government

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When political leaders dither, “the only instrument that leads to non-negotiable results is the court ruling.”

A Diet Rich in Probiotics Could Climate-Proof Coral Reefs

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New research shows that the “gut health” microorganisms can enhance the immune systems of living coral.

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