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Brian Kemp’s Bid for Governor Depends on Erasing the Black Vote in Georgia. It’s Working.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp at an election watch party on July 24 in Athens, Georgia. Photo edited by Slate. Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty …

Government

The Universe Is Disappearing, And There's Nothing We Can Do To Stop It

It’s been nearly a century since scientists first theorized that the Universe was expanding, and that the farther away a galaxy was from us, the faster it appears to recede. This isn’t because galaxies are physically moving away from us, but rather because the Universe is full of …

Galaxies

We Are Still Living in the Ruins of the 2008 Crash

<b>Sometimes you don’t know</b> how deep the hole is until you try to fill it. In 2009, staring down what looked to anyone with a calculator like the …

Economics

Boston’s schools are becoming resegregated

An alarming pattern of racial segregation has re-emerged in the Boston Public School system over the last two decades, according to a Globe analysis, …

Students

What we found in an undisturbed rainforest hidden on top of an African mountain

Atop Mount Lico in northern Mozambique is a site that few have had the pleasure of seeing—a hidden rainforest, protected by a steep circle of rock. Though the mountain was known to locals, the forest itself remained a secret until six years ago, when Julian Bayliss spotted it on satellite imagery. …

Ecology

How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions

Jerome Jacobson and his network of mobsters, psychics, strip-club owners, and drug traffickers won almost every prize for 12 years, until the FBI …

Crime

Defending Land and Environmental Rights Has Become an Increasingly Deadly Endeavor

The Philippines witnessed a 71 percent increase in the number of land and environmental defenders killed between 2016 and 2017. The 2-year-old regime …

Plantations

The Lorena Bobbitt Case at 25

Lorena Bobbitt, photographed in Gainesville, Virginia. “The media was focusing only on the penis,” she says. “I wanted to shine the light on spousal …

The NRA Has Deep Ties to Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina

For decades, the National Rifle Association has promoted its hardline politics with appeals to patriotism, freedom, and the staunch defense of the …

Donald Trump

The Car Wash Scrubbing Away Ableism

GUANGDONG, South China — Cao Jun’s son is only 15, but the clock is ticking. For now, he attends a subsidized special education school where, among …

Disability

Shelter design can help people recover from homelessness

Some 544,000 people in the United States have no shelter every night, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Homeless …

Ancient Tools Discovered in China Confound Accepted Theory of Human Migration

"This has been one of the high points in my career."<p>Earth is littered with evidence of intrepid, ancient peoples who had one big thing in common …

More Recycling Won't Solve Plastic Pollution

It’s a lie that wasteful consumers cause the problem and that changing our individual habits can fix it

Sustainability

Ethiopia And Eritrea Have Been In Conflict For 20 Years. Today, Their Leaders Hugged

As the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed walked off the plane in Eritrea on Sunday, he smiled and gave a big hug to Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki.<p>The simple, warm gesture shocked many observers, because it happened between the leaders of two Horn of Africa countries that have been locked in a …

Africa

This College For Adult Learners Is A Refuge, Not Just A Career Boost

In the U.S., more than 4 out of 10 undergraduate college students are above the age of 25. When people talk about these adult students, you usually hear words like "job skills" and "quickest path to a degree."<p>But for more than four decades, a special program in Washington state has sought to offer …

Students

Where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Parts Ways With Bernie Sanders

The two self-avowed democratic socialists share a lot in common—but disagree on immigration.<p>Here are a few things I have noticed about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s exceptionally disciplined congressional campaign, which will surely make her a folk hero on the left. First, my impression is that she …

Middle-class

The High Cost of Saving Travel Time

Are commuters changing how they value their minutes? A new study of time/cost trade-offs between transit, Uber, and Lyft is a hint.<p>Time is a precious and nonrenewable resource. Lose it or save it, and you can’t trade it in for something else. But time can be traded <i>off,</i> depending on how you value …

Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

Right to view, delete personal info is here – and you'll be amazed to hear why the privacy law passed so fast<b>Analysis</b> California has become the first …

How McKinsey Lost Its Way in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG — The blackouts kept coming. The state-owned power company, Eskom, was on the verge of insolvency. Maintenance was being deferred. And a major boiler exploded, threatening the national grid.<p>McKinsey & Company, the godfather of management consulting, thought it could help, but was not …

South Africa

How Oracle's Acquisition Was Actually the Best Thing to Happen to MySQL

Eight years ago when Oracle gained control of MySQL, MariaDB was proclaimed the new king of open source databases. So how did MySQL remain on top? …

Tucker Carlson: The Populist Paladin of Primetime

When the host of the Fox News program “Tucker Carlson Tonight” visits his son at the University of Virginia, he leaves his bosky neighborhood off …

Political Science

How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A team of political activists huddled at a Hardee’s one rainy Saturday, wolfing down a breakfast of biscuits and gravy. Then they descended on Antioch, a quiet Nashville suburb, armed with iPads full of voter data and a fiery script.<p>The group, the local chapter for Americans for …

Urban Design

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own.<p>Smartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes—car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a …

Parenting

Secrets of a Lost Girl

GRAFTON — She wrote by hand in her journal for hours that night, alone in her room, listening to punk and alt-rock songs on a playlist she had …

Toronto pay-what-you-can store aims to tackle landfills and hunger

In a bright, airy Toronto market, the shelves are laden with everything from organic produce to pre-made meals and pet food. What shoppers won’t find, however, is price tags. In what is believed to be a North American first, everything in this grocery store is pay-what-you-can.<p>The new store aims to …

Sustainability

This Beautiful Golden Chamber Contains Water So Pure It Can Dissolve Metal

It can detect dying stars.<p>Hidden 1,000 metres (3,300 feet) under Mount Ikeno in Japan is a place that looks like a supervillain's …

After 25 years of being homeless, I learned there’s one simple thing you can do to help | Gregory P Smith

There are as many pathways to homelessness as there are homeless people in the world. For some, it’s a sudden freefall triggered by a lost job, a broken home life or some other seismic personal upheaval. For others the road to sleeping rough winds down a slow, steady and depressing gradient until …

Homelessness

What Trump Doesn't Understand About MS-13

The president may be overstating the gang’s impact.<p>As President Trump sat for <i>Time’s</i> Person of the Year interview last year, he excused himself and returned with a copy of <i>Newsday</i>. He wanted to show editor Michael Scherer a headline. “‘EXTREMELY VIOLENT’ GANG FACTION,” it read, and the article told …

How I Broke, and Botched, the Brandon Teena Story

On December 31, 1993, a 21-year-old trans man named Brandon Teena was shot and stabbed to death near Falls City, Nebraska, by two other young men …

Brief cease-fire with Taliban could be watershed moment in Afghan war

KABUL - For three extraordinary days this month, the 17-year Afghan conflict took its first formal break, generating a spontaneous outpouring of …