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A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the decade

One of the biggest and most important science stories of the last few years will probably <i>also</i> be one of the biggest science stories of the next few years. So this is as good a time as any to get acquainted with the powerful new gene-editing technology known as CRISPR.<p>If you haven’t heard of CRISPR …

How Sweden Has Redesigned Streets To Route Around Bad Human Behavior

Vision Zero was created in Sweden–and you see can how its implementation has changed the way cities there work.<p>If a car almost hits a pedestrian when the car is turning right on a red, whose fault is it? According to Matts-Åke Belin, Sweden’s traffic safety strategist, the blame is on whoever …

Sweden

Earth - The secret of how life on Earth began

<i>This story is part of BBC Earth's "Best of 2016" list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>How did life begin? There can hardly be a bigger question. For much of human history, almost everyone believed some version of "the gods did it". Any other explanation was inconceivable.<p>That …

Biology

A-Z of Trump: 26 illustrators imagine a 'ghastly' future – in pictures

In his 1963 abecederian picture book The Gashlycrumb Tinies, Edward Gorey recounted the increasingly gruesome deaths of 26 children. In this parody the US game designer Mike Selinker outlines an A to Z of similarly gruesome eventualities he expects will befall a world in which Trump is president – …

The US is warming to Sweden’s habit of burning trash for energy

Maybe, in the near future, calling something a “dumpster fire” won’t carry the flavor of a pejorative that it does now.<p>The practice of burning trash to generate energy works well for Sweden, but in the US the idea remains controversial. That might be changing. Officials in seven Idaho counties have …

Sweden

Inside a Donald Trump rally: good people in a feedback loop of paranoia and hate

Trump’s crowd is full of honest and decent people – but the Republican’s invective has a chilling effect on fans of his one-man show<p>This is what greets you when you arrive at a Trump rally: two 18-wheelers parked outside the sports stadium where the Republican nominee will be speaking, placed …

‘We Are in for a Pretty Long Civil War’

In back rooms and think tanks, Republicans are already mourning their party—and plotting the fight over who’s going to be in it after Trump.<p>As the country geared up for the third and final presidential debate last week, the fellows of the storied conservative Hoover Institution gathered in Palo …

Republicans

Iceland's women leave work at 2.38pm to protest gender pay gap

Thousands of female employees across Iceland walked out of workplaces at 2.38pm on Monday to protest against earning less than men.<p>Iceland is the …

Government
Barack Obama

A Reading Guide for Those in Despair About American Politics

Nearly three dozen book recommendations to help make sense of the state of U.S. democracy, from academics, comedians, activists, and more<p>No matter who wins the U.S. presidential election on November 8, America’s got some grappling to do. This race has been full of sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, …

Political Science

‘Moonlight’: Is This the Year’s Best Movie?

To describe “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’s second feature, as a movie about growing up poor, black and gay would be accurate enough. It would also not be wrong to call it a movie about drug abuse, mass incarceration and school violence. But those classifications are also inadequate, so much as to be …

Janelle Monáe

Facebook bans 'offensive' Swedish breast cancer awareness video

Cancer charity to appeal against deletion of animated images showing women how to check for lumps<p>Facebook has removed a video on breast cancer awareness posted in Sweden after deeming the images offensive, the Swedish Cancer Society said on Thursday.<p>The video, displaying animated figures of women …

Trump's now-infamous debate moment reminded people of a beautiful note George HW Bush wrote after he lost the election

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said multiple times that he feels the 2016 election is "rigged" against him.<p>In the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night, moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he'd accept the outcome of the debate. Trump refused to give a straight …

Government

Sweden’s $34 Billion Pension Fund Can’t Be Happier Out of Bonds

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

Sweden

Islamic State flag free to fly in Sweden, prosecutor rules

A Swedish prosecutor may have set a dangerous precedent last week in regards to the Islamic State flag.<p>Prosecutor Gisela Sjovall announced last week that a 23-year-old man wouldn’t be charged after posting the flag to his Facebook page in June, according to The Local. Authorities in Laholm had …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Forget “Social Justice Warriors” and meet the Ctrl-Left.

Progressive Left. Liberals .Social Justice Warriors.<p>These words are supposedly synonymous and representative of a certain type of political identity, …

Families confused, unprepared for West Dallas mass evictions

Ashley Hernandez is clearly torn about her next move.<p>Her notice to vacate from HMK Ltd., a landlord of inexpensive housing who is kicking out about …