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Homes or gardens?

Vacant lots dot lower-income neighborhoods across the country. In many cities, urban growers have planted in those lots, repurposing abandoned city …

Finland Has Second Thoughts About Giving Free Money to Jobless People

LONDON — For more than a year, Finland has been testing the proposition that the best way to lift economic fortunes may be the simplest: Hand out money without rules or restrictions on how people use it.<p>The experiment with so-called universal basic income has captured global attention as a …

Income Inequality

SpaceX reaches the promised land of launching every two weeks

Gwynne Shotwell said SpaceX would increase flight rate by 50 percent. It has.<p>SpaceX has long talked a good game about increasing its launch cadence, …

The Final Call of John Perkins

At 87 years old, John Perkins is ready for his eighth career.After being a janitor, welder, equipment designer, Bible teacher, civil-rights activist, …

The World Is a Miraculous Mess, and It’s Going to Be All Right

In her latest book, author adrienne maree brown envisions a world of abundant justice, abundant attention, and abundant liberation.

Chief Justice Roberts Is Reshaping The First Amendment

It’s been a big year for free speech at the Supreme Court. Two of the most high-profile cases argued before the court so far have revolved around …

Campaign Finance

Less fertilizer, greater crop yields, and more money: China's agricultural breakthrough

Nearly 21 million farmers in 452 counties across China have adopted recommendations from scientists in a 10-year agriculture sustainability study to …

Faith, Race and Community: A Tale of Two Congregations

2/28/2018<p>By Rachel Quartarone <i><br>“</i><i>We must face the fact that in America, the church is still the most segregated major institution in America. At 11:00</i> …

With great power comes great uncertainty: Marvel’s slowly evolving politics

Marvel wants to tell stories about American hegemony but can’t quite bring itself to do so.<p>In Ursula K. Le Guin’s most famous short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas,” the city of Omelas is perfect for 99.99999999999999 percent of its citizens. There is ample leisure time and an abundance …

Marvel Universe

A Digital Map Leads to Reparations for Black and Indigenous Farmers

The map’s creators envision equitable distribution of land and resources through “people-to-people” reparations.

Agriculture

'It would open people's eyes': CNN's Cooper makes a bold proposal to bring home the savage reality of what an AR-15 can do

Leading into a discussion on lawmakers refusing to do anything to curb the proliferation of assault weapons, CNN host Anderson Cooper suggested that …

How ‘Strange Fruit’ Killed Billie Holiday

×<p>William P. Gottlieb<p>Billie Holiday and Mister at Downbeat in New York City, ca. Feb. 1947. Courtesy Library of Congress.<p>“Strange Fruit” may have been …

'Black Panther' has the best Marvel supervillain ever. Yes, even better than Loki.

<b>Excited for</b> <i>Black</i> <i>Panther</i><b>?</b> <b>So</b> <b>are</b> <b>we. Which is why</b> <b>we're rolling out obsessive coverage with</b> <b>Black</b> <b>Panther</b> <b>Week</b><b>.</b><p><b>Spoilers ahead for</b> <i>Black Panther</i><b>.</b><p><i>Black Panther</i> …

'Black Panther' Is A Superhero Story You Haven't Seen Before — And It's Thrilling

In 1938, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster — two Jewish kids from Cleveland who were reading the alarming news coming out of Europe — created precisely the hero necessary to put things right: an impossibly strong and nigh-invulnerable paragon of virtue and butt-kicking they called Superman. He could …

Beloved Virginia farm takes heat for standing up against white supremacy

Years ago, I used to party with some folks from Centerville, Virgina's Cox Farms, a well-known and well-loved family farm, produce market, and host …

SpaceX aims to make history 3 more times in 2018

Tuesday’s Falcon Heavy launch made history, not only becoming the highest-capacity rocket platform since the Saturn V but accomplishing the first double autonomous booster landing. And that’s just the start of what could prove to be an epic year for SpaceX — if Elon Musk’s ambitious timeline isn’t …

Elon Musk

Elon Musk put a Tesla in space, and it has launched a thousand memes

So here's a fun development: When you woke up in Tuesday, there <i>wasn't</i> a Tesla manned by a fake astronaut flying through space.<p>Now, after Elon Musk's …

A robot chef cooked my lunch, and it was delicious

About a week ago, my wife and I ate a meal that was entirely prepared by a robotic chef.<p>The GammaChef — a machine akin to a large coffee maker — did …

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the technology and open the door to levitating much larger objects, including humans.<p>Engineers from the …

The poorly reported Aziz Ansari exposé was a missed opportunity | Jill Filipovic

We can – we must – wade into the messy, complicated nature of sex in a misogynist world. But this celebrity exposé doesn’t do the job well enough<p>It was bound to happen. In the midst of women sharing stories of harassment and assault via the #MeToo movement, and a brewing backlash of hand-wringers …

Aziz Ansari

Martin Luther King Jr. on the problem with ‘so-called educated people’

Here, as I have published before to mark the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., are some of his writings related to the purpose of education and the U.S. government’s efforts toward educating its citizens. You will see that King was prescient on a lot of things, including the dangers …

Black History

Wanted: A Unifying Theory of Behavioral Economics

One possibility? People don't pay much attention to what's happening.<p>Behavioral economics has always met with a bit more resistance than it deserved. This is true even though a number of behavioral researchers have won the Nobel -- Daniel Kahneman, Robert Shiller and Richard Thaler just last year. …

Economics

SpaceX’s latest advantage? Blowing up its own rocket, automatically

SpaceX is known for its reusable rockets, but one under-appreciated technology it has pioneered is letting them self-destruct.<p>Orbital rockets capable of lifting heavy satellites into space are enormous and dangerous. Flying one from a launch site like Cape Canaveral traditionally requires an Air …

Space Travel

New Results Quash ‘Alien Megastructure’ Theory of Mysterious Dimming Star

The results are now in after a year-long, crowdfunded investigation into the star KIC 8462852, and to hardly anyone’s surprise, the strange dimming …

Universe

The black celebrity from Hollywood’s Golden Age who revealed the complexities of passing for white

Fredi Washington negotiated bigotry and made her way in the movies<p>When African American actress Fredi Washington played a black girl passing for …

Black History

The Moral Identity of Homo Economicus

Two recent books indicate that a quiet revolution is challenging the foundations of the dismal science, promising radical changes in how we view many …

What the Colorado baker who refused to sell to a gay couple gets wrong | Suzanne B Goldberg

The law says that if you open a shop on Main Street or anywhere else, you can’t pick and choose to whom you sell your products<p>Last week, I listened as the US supreme court wrestled with whether a Colorado baker could refuse to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple. The baker’s lawyer said her client …

Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap

When I first heard about the “#BankBlack movement” I knew I smelled a rat. So I wrote about it. After reading Mehrsa Baradaran’s new book <i>The Color of</i> …

New clean energy credit union to help consumers go green, save money

The CECU will help Americans in all 50 states get loans for solar panels, electric cars, and more.<p>Donald Trump’s election has led many environmentalists to despair over the federal government’s stance towards clean energy and regulations. Even with states and cities trying to take the lead on …

In Long Beach, tax breaks grow on trees

A state law to give tax breaks to landowners who convert vacant lots to small urban farms has gone largely unused in the four years since it was …